Whether you need to limit the amount of noise that escapes one room and travels through the house, or stop noise from entering a specific room in your houses such as a nursery or office, you are probably looking for the best way to do it. Do wardrobes block noise?
Wardrobes don’t block noise from entering into a room. However, it can be slightly beneficial in blocking noise from escaping a room, especially when combined with things that absorb sound. With wardrobes being wood-based, they will block some sound but are not the best option.
If you are looking to soundproof a room, block noise, and stop sound from traveling in your house or a particular room. Keep reading below to find out what you still can do with a wardrobe and why it is not a good option for blocking noise on its own.
Sound Absorption and Sound Blocking
If you are trying to keep noise or sound from escaping a room or trying to keep noise or sound from entering a room, it is important to consider both sound absorption and sound blocking.
In the room where you are trying to keep the sound out, you will need to only focus on sound blocking.
In the room where the sound is coming from, both sound absorption and sound blocking needs to be considered.
In both cases, you will need to understand that sound enters and escapes from many places within a room. These include:
When you are trying to keep the sound in a room or trying to control the echo in a room, you need materials that will absorb the sound.
In general, soft, porous, and pliable material will serve as a good acoustic absorber, helping reduce the transfer of sound as it absorbs most of it, and then reduces the amount of sound that gets reflected back into the room. Porous materials, such as cloth or foam, are great at doing this.
When you are trying to block sound from escaping a room and/or entering other rooms, you need materials that will block the sound. This means to prevent it from escaping a room and entering into another; you need to block it from escaping or entering in some way.
Walls serve the function of blocking sound but based on how thick it is and what insulation is used, it does not do the trick for loud noises. This is because while the wall will block the noise from escaping one room and entering another by reflecting it back into the same room, some sound still escapes.
Blocking Noise With Wood or Metal
Wood or metal are known to reflect sound as they are dense and impenetrable materials. Wood is typically used for reflecting sound as seen in concert halls, and in musical instruments; however, it is relatively light and does not properly block or reflect all soundwaves.
How You Can Block Noise
If you are thinking of using a wardrobe to block noise, it should most likely be made out of medium-density fibreboard (MDF). It is an engineered wood product made with hardwood and softwood residuals along with some form of wax or resin to keep it together.
With that considered, it is not going to act as the best tool to block sound from entering into a room. However, it may help keep sound from escaping one room and entering another to a certain degree.
This type of material, since it is not wood alone, is typically denser than plywood alone and will do a better job than typical wood at blocking and reflecting noise back into a room instead of through the walls.
With dense materials being the best at reflecting noise, the wooden wardrobe can partially help prevent noise from escaping the room. However, sound can still escape through other sides of the walls, doors, and doorways.
Keeping Noise Out of a Room
To keep noise out of a room, the best place to look is where the noise is coming from. If you can work on sound absorption and sound blocking within that room, essentially soundproofing the room, you will block noise from escaping into other rooms.
Unfortunately, a wardrobe is not going to be good at keeping sound from entering a room, and the best places to soundproof would be the walls directly, the windows, and the doorways.
However, the good news is a wardrobe placed in the room with noise, which can help in part to control the sound that escapes the room. This will happen as the sound will bounce off the wooden wardrobe and back into the room.
Although windows and doors can still be places where the sound escapes, wardrobes can only help minimize the noise.
Having something else in front of those areas will minimize the sound that escapes as there are more things for it to bounce off of. This includes:
- Soundproof insulation or walls
- Soundproof door cover or door
- Soundproof curtains
Minimizing the Noise That Escapes
The final consideration of how much sound your wardrobe will block and essentially minimize would be how big the walls are in relation to the wardrobe.
If the wardrobe is rather small compared to the wall, it will not have a large effect on blocking the noise.
This is because while some sound will hit the wardrobe and bounce back in the room, it can also hit other parts of the wall or door and travel through there.
To maximize the amount of sound blocked with a wardrobe, you should also utilize sound absorption techniques mentioned in the following section.
Incorporating Sound Absorption
If you want to block sound from escaping a room with a wardrobe, you should also look into sound absorption.
By doing this instead of the sound in the room simply reflecting back just as loud, you will also capture some of the sounds and transfer it to heat. Essentially, making the sound that still escapes the room or goes through the walls to be less than if there was no absorption at all.
If you want to do this with the wardrobe, think about buying a wardrobe without doors. Since the doors are going to reflect the sound as they are dense and impenetrable, the clothes inside the wardrobe are porous, pliable, and soft, making them great sound absorbers.
Some other ways to absorb sound in a room is to use and install:
- Sound-absorbing acoustic tiles to place on your walls such as the BXI Sound Absorber Acoustic Panels for Walls and Ceilings (Amazon link)
- Soundproof curtains such as the RYB Home 100% Blackout Curtains With Felt Fabric Liner for Sound Absorbing (Amazon link). Check out my top picks for soundproof curtains.
If you are looking to block noise from entering a certain room, it is more beneficial to look at how you can stop noise from escaping the noisy rooms by blocking and absorbing sound at the source.
While a wardrobe can be a nice addition to a room, it is more likely to help keep minimize the sound that escapes from a room, than keep sound from entering into a room.
Regarding its dense material and lack of wall space that it would cover, the reflection of noise it offers can be utilized as an addition to soundproofing a room but would not work well. Looking into installing better walls, sound absorbers, or blocking the sound that enters through the doors or windows would be a better option.