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THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SOUND INSULATION CURTAINS


Can soundproof curtains block traffic noise?

Our soundproof curtains have been designed to block the outside noise as much as possible with fabric. The results depend a lot on the kind of noise you are experiencing and the results you hope to achieve. To be more explicit: if you are experiencing constant traffic noise, our sound blocking curtains will definitely help to muffle the noise and increase your comfort level but any soundproof curtain made from fabric will never be able to block the sound to 100%.

The combination of the different fabric layers in MOONDREAM’s soundproof curtains will create a quieter environment for you, but as explained above, the sound is also coming through the wall so reducing its “rebound effect” demands further sound insulating measures.


Can soundproof curtains block voices?

Although our noise reducing curtains can't entirely block voices, they can help muffle sounds people make when they speak, sing, laugh, etc. If you live on a noisy street with restaurants and bars, MOONDREAM soundproof curtains will definitely improve the quality of your sonic environment and provide a significant noise reduction.

You'll still hear, say, the rumble of traffic but it will be muffled and softened - definitely easier on the ears.


Can acoustic curtains be used to block inside noise?

Once the noise is in your room, happens a “rebound effect.” This means the sound bounces everywhere across the room (from the ceiling to the walls, and the floor). So how do our acoustic curtains work, and how do they absorb sounds to keep them from echoing around the room?

Our MOONDREAM curtains are made with 3 layers (or 4 for our soundproof divider curtain). These layers are heavy and thick, the main quality needed to absorb inside sounds. In a recording studio fos instance, on top of the usual soundproofing material, they help to keep a "neutral sound".

MOONDREAM curtains have been tested in independent laboratories, and proven to absorb up to 9db of internal noise. 

 

Will an acoustic curtain resolve my noise problem?

The impact of a soundproof curtain depends on the kind of noise you are experiencing and the construction of your building. If you’re experiencing for example traffic noise, construction or AC noise the sound dampening curtain will help to muffle the sounds but will not block it out completely because no curtain made from fabric is able to do that.

To begin with, motorway sounds are notoriously the most difficult to block since they are made up of mostly low-frequency sounds. Secondly, the noise does not come in onlyfrom your windows but also seeps in through the walls and various openings. Once in, the noise creates what's called a "rebound effect" - bouncing multiple times on the wall, the floor, the ceiling. As you can imagine, it is entirely impossible to block sound completly with fabric curtains for your windows alone.

Soundproof curtains alone may not be enough, here some tips to improve their results: We suggest you to use double-sided tape to seal the curtain’s edges to the wall. It will help to reduce sound migration around and the amount of sound "rebounding". But keep in mind that, in order to achieve effective sound insulation, your room has to be covered also with absorbent materials, as for example a rug or seal strip self adhesive foam on your windows or doors.


Which soundproof curtain to use for a maximum effect?

A good soundproof curtain has to be heavy and multilayered. The weight of the Moondream noise reducing curtains varies from 4.10 lbs to 6.90lbs depending of the length.


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See also:

▶ BASICS OF SOUND INSULATION: UNDERSTANDING NOISE

▶ A SIMPLE SOLUTION AGAINST NOISE: ACOUSTIC CURTAINS

HOW TO SOUNDPROOF YOUR HOME WITH CURTAINS

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ACOUSTIC CURTAIN