Silence is Golden

In the UK we love to remind ourselves that our home is our castle, it seems to me that castles used to be pretty noisy places and I for one would quite like my castle to be a tranquil retreat… an oasis of calm and comfort to relax in after work!

Castles often used to have noisy neighbours trying to invade (which were rarely a peaceful affair) and in a similar way we can often have noisy neighbours or even noisy kids! I thought it would be interesting to introduce a DIY project were you can try to create the oasis of calm you are looking for.

Home soundproofing has become more popular in recent years and there are now a number of products available on the market: soundproofing panels and tiles are popular options but I would like to introduce DIY sound-proofing liners as they make decorating after the walls have been covered very easy.

Sound-proofing liners can be put up as a wall covering in a similar way to wallpaper and is ideal as a DIY project if you are redecorating a room; perfect for the DIY enthusiast and doesn’t require a professional!

There are two common types of sound insulation liner: a latex liner and a polyurethane liner. They are used for different needs, so let’s have a quick look at when to use them.

The latex sound insulation liner can be used as a means to help reduce the effect of noise entering a room, so is the perfect choice if you are looking to reduce the effect of noise entering from sources you have no control over. If you can put up wallpaper then you’ll be able to put up a sound insulation liner and to help out further the Climapor latex liner is a paste-the-wall type liner so you can avoid the tricky moment of moving paper from table to wall.

The alternative DIY sound-proofing liner is the polyurethane liner which is more suitable for instances where you are trying to reduce the noise leaving a room; this is a great product to use in kid’s bedrooms, a nursery or a living room with a loud TV! The product again comes as a roll like wallpaper so is suitable for a DIY project. Again the liner can be decorated over to create the finished effect you want for the room.

If you are putting up a liner as part of a redecoration project then another helpful advantage is that they will cover rough surfaces due to their thickness with a finished smooth surface for further decoration. If you have used the Erfurt MAV sound insulation liner then you can paint over the top or apply paste-the-wall type coverings over the top such as Wallrock Fibreliner.

My top tip is to do your research though; check the technical soundproofing benefits of any liner on the packaging or the manufacturers’ sites and check the exact details on how you can decorate over the liners. Finally remember to consider the thickness of these liners when adding to wall, especially with regard to light and plug sockets, it won’t look great if they are raised above these fittings.

These liners offer a great DIY solution to trying to combat noise problems, whether limiting noise leaving a room or trying to lessen the effect of noise entering. Add to this that they offer an excellent base for further decoration and aesthetic wall coverings you are on to a good thing.