Soundproof curtains are heavy-duty curtains and drapes that are constructed to minimize noise entering or exiting a given space. They are perhaps most commonly used in movie theaters. However, curtains of this type can also be used effectively in the home.
In appearance, a soundproof curtain may bear a strong resemblance to any type of lined curtain panel that is made from heavy material and lined in some manner. The material will hang in a similar manner and can be suspended with grommet hangers or simple hook and loop fastening hardware. These types of curtains are available in the same selections of colors and patterns as conventional drapery options.
What distinguishes soundproof curtains from standard draperies is the thickness of the material. It is not unusual for the curtains to feature a quilted construction that easily makes the panels anywhere from one to two inches thick. The quilting may appear on the backside of the panels or the curtains may be manufactured with quilting on both the front and back of the finished drapery panel. Some manufactures choose to sew weights into the bottom hem of the panels, making it possible for the curtains to resist movement caused by breezes or other factors.
Soundproof curtains do not so much repel noise as muffle and absorb sounds. While not offering the same level of soundproofing that is found with a combination of walls and soundproof insulation, the curtains can effectively reduce sounds and vibrations that would otherwise be distracting.
Around the house, soundproof curtains are helpful in any area where there is a need to control noise and echoing. For example, when a member of the household works the night shift, they can help reduce outside daytime noises a great deal. The quilted texture of the heavy curtains can also prevent daylight from entering the room.
Another home application of these curtains is with the design of a home theater. Installing the curtains on all the interior walls of the space will help to prevent echoing and other sound distortions while movies are played. Just as with public movie theaters, soundproof curtains in a home theater minimize outside noise while also absorbing ancillary noise within the space. As a result, it is much easier to enjoy the movie without distractions.
While it is true that soundproof curtains are more expensive than conventional lined draperies, they tend to wear well. In addition, the panels are usually treated so they are fire retardant. Cleaning the curtains can be accomplished with steam cleaning equipment. While the curtains are rarely available at home stores and similar outlets, retailers who deal in commercial furnishings often stock a few designs for the draperies. These retailers can also special order colors, designs, and levels of thickness that meet the needs of the client.