How To Make A Window Cheap: Simple DIY Hacks. 

 June 9, 2021

By  Tariq Taylor

In this guide, I’ll walk you through several ways to soundproof a window on the cheap.

If you’ve been a follower of this online diary, I’m sure you already know that doors and windows are the biggest culprits for allowing outside noise into our homes.

Soundproof windows alone can significantly reduce the amount of noise that enters your home – mainly aircraft noise.

There are several methods you can implement to protect windows. One of the most effective options is to install soundproof windows or double-pane glass.

Unfortunately, these are not cheap options, and you should be prepared to spend chunks of money.

On the other hand, there are cheaper alternatives that are effective, and that is what this guide is dedicated to. Read on to find out different methods for soundproofing a window.

A-list of different methods to soundproof a window.
Below are step-by-step instructions on how to soundproof your windows if you’re on a budget. While these can be considered cheap hacks, it is important to know that they are effective.

However, they won’t eliminate the noise problem 100%, but they will reduce the noise to a manageable level. Let’s start with:

1. rearrangement of furniture
How to soundproof a window cheaply: Simple DIY HacksHow to soundproof a window cheaply: Simple DIY Hacks.

This is the cheapest way to soundproof a window, as you need physical strength to push the furniture to the window. You can use furniture such as cabinets, cupboards or bookshelves.

The furniture will muffle the sounds that go through the window by bouncing them off. However, you can only use this method if you don’t need natural light from outside.

The best side is that it is free and dampens a lot of noise that can enter through the window.

2. use soundproof curtains
Soundproof curtains absorb the noise that enters the room through the windows. The thicker and denser the curtains are, the more noise they absorb. They absorb echo length and reduce the effect felt in the room.

Installation is simple; What you need are curtain rods to hang the curtains. The curtain should be able to cover the entire window and additional width and length for maximum noise absorption.

The curtains not only block noise, but also protect you from excess light in the room. They also improve the visual impact of your home, as most of them look attractive and aesthetically pleasing.

3. seal all the gaps around the windows.
Windows might have some holes around them, especially the area where they are attached to the walls. Although these gaps can look tiny, they can allow a lot of noise to enter your room.

There are simple ways you can deal with the gaps, including weather stripping and acoustical caulking. In weather stripping, you need to use the weather stripping tape. The tape is made of materials such as rubber, foam, silicone and others.

You can choose which material you prefer depending on your windows. A closed cell foam tape is a great weather stripping tape that serves as a good gap sealer. It is very Cheap, airtight and waterproof. The tape is also durable and as it does not wear out easily.

The installation of the weather stripping tape is simple. What you need to do is clean the area you want to stick the tape and cut the tape depending on the size of your window.

You can then apply the tape to the four sides of the window. Repeat the entire process for all the windows in your home.

On the best side, the strip will prevent water leakage through the window and also protect against insects.

Acoustic Caulk can also be used to seal the small gaps on your windows. The process of installation is simple and quick. Make sure you clean the surface you are applying first.

Dirt and dust will affect the elasticity and cure time of the acoustical sealant.

If the surface is clean, the caulk will adhere better than if it is dirty. Acoustic Caulk is more durable than regular caulk and can serve you for up to three years.

It is designed to be flexible so that it does not shrink.

4. use soundproof ceilings
Soundproof ceilings effectively absorb sounds that pass through the windows. The ceilings are made of dense and heavy material, which is good for soundproofing the window.

Soundproof blankets are more effective than regular blankets because they are usually made of cotton, fiberglass or polyester.

Some blankets have eyelets, while others do not. The eyelets help you hang the blanket on the bars on the windows. For those who do not have eyelets, you can install them yourself or screw the blankets to the wall.

There are a variety of these ceilings on the market, and they come in a different color to choose the one that complements your room. The ceilings also reduce the amount of light that enters your room.

5. Install thick material shades and blinds.
Blinds and window shades can also be used in soundproof windows. Those made with a thick material are best because the thicker they are, the more noise they block.

Installation is simple and fast and does not require special skills. You can combine this method with another, because the blinds and shades do not block all the noise.

How to soundproof a window cheaply: Simple DIY HacksHow to soundproof a window cheaply: Simple DIY Hacks.

The good news is that blinds and shades not only reduce noise, but also control the amount of light that enters your room. Battery cell shades work, affectively and are thicker than the normal shades.

The above type of shades muffle and absorb sound waves that pass through the window, as it is made of pure polyester. They also give you privacy and peace when you rest in your home. The shades reduce both the echo and all kinds of sounds that enter through the window.

The shades are available in different colors, so you can choose the one that complements your room. They improve the visual impact of your home.

6. use acoustic panels
Acoustic panels are bulkier and thicker than soundproof ceilings. An example of the panels includes the Singer – safety fiberglass panel. As the name suggests, it is made of quilted fiberglass that provides a good sound barrier.

The material does not allow sound waves to pass through; therefore, they are good at reducing echo tones and other types of noise on both sides of the panel.

Installation is not difficult because the panels have grommets on all sides. The eyelets simplify the process as you need to hang them on the nails or hooks.

The closer the panels are to the window, the more effective they are in sound absorption. If you don’t find the panels visually appealing, you can add curtains.

Acoustic panels are the most expensive method compared to the previously discussed methods, but they work effectively.

7. add an additional layer of glass.
Adding an extra glass can be hard, but it is very useful in soundproofing. You attach a piece of glass to the inside of the window.

Consider using an acoustic glass or laminated glass for better results. Also, make sure the newly applied layer adheres tightly to the existing glass, leaving no space between them.

You will need special magnets to hold the glass to the window frame. You can purchase a soundproof window kit that comes with the necessary tools when your soundproof window is made.

The best part is that the extra glass reduces the amount of light and you can remove the glass when cleaning. On the down side is that the method is a bit expensive and require more time and effort to install.

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8. install window DIY window plug
It is possible to build a soundproof window plug on yourself. The materials to be used are less expensive and serve as noise blockers. You can remove them when the noise is gone.

First measure the length and width of the window before cutting the material. Be sure to cut extra inches off both measurements to eliminate an air gap between the window pane and the plug.

Then press the material into the window frame. It will form a tight fit that will both block noise from the outside and insulate your room. Add a board to provide support for the plugs and add more mass.

Not only will the plugs block noise, but they will also prevent some light from entering your room.

Final thoughts on how to soundproof a window cheaply
If you are someone who enjoys a peaceful and quiet life, soundproofing can improve your life if you live in a noisy neighborhood.

I hope you now know how to soundproof a window cheaply. However, if you don’t have a budget, I would recommend the most effective methods that install soundproof windows. Read also: Top 5 ideas how to break a window quietly.

Tariq Taylor

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