In the hustle and bustle of modern times, appliances are life savers. They make doing our chores a multi-tasking parade and allow us to accomplish so much more in the day. Over time, these appliances for which we have so much gratitude can get a little fussy. More specifically, they get a little noisy. Sometimes, a lot noisy… So how can we overcome this disturbance without trading in our washer and dryer for a bucket of soap and water and a clothespin line?
It’s easy- we soundproof our appliances. There are a variety of ways to go about reducing the noise on various appliances. Here are some of the most common and efficient methods:
Alcove lining can be used for any appliance, but it’s most commonly inserted for refrigerators. Simply pad the walls with an absorbent lining, and you’ll notice almost immediately how contained the volume becomes. Focus on the walls when it comes to the fridge- it’s so big that padding the floor beneath it might because a nuisance of constantly bunching (and not so charming) material.
Consider using anti-vibration mounts and anti-vibration components. Vibrating is only natural given the amount the of work an appliance is doing at any given time. But that doesn’t mean we can’t control the amount of noise it’s emitting! Anti-vibration pieces help to absorb some of that shock and energy before it travels to the hard ground, wall, or some nearby additional appliance. That’s where a lot of the sound comes from – vibrations travelling to a static surface and increasing its reverberation.
A floormat is an excellent solution to an appliance like an exercise or running machine. The pad acts as a nice interceptor of the noise between the machine and the floor. Make sure the material you use is two to three times larger than the machine’s footprint.
Focus on the feet
Sometimes all you need to remedy a noisy appliance is a pair of shoes! More literally, some vibration pads. Slip these onto the feet of your appliance and the noise of metal clashing with wood or tile will dissipate.
All these sound-reducing projects are DIY-friendly; all you’ll need is the proper tools. What do you say? Feel like enjoying peace and quiet as you multi-task around the house? We’re betting you do!