Saturday, April 27, 2019

How to Make an Under Door Sound Muffler

I am not a fan of wall-to-wall carpeting after many years with dogs and kids leaving their marks on it. In 2009, we removed all carpet and installed this beautiful gold ceramic tile, which I absolutely love to this day. It is made to last, easy to care for and always looks good. The only minor issue we’ve had is that sound can carry, especially with our high ceilings. It hasn’t been a real problem until recently when our home office became the grandbaby’s bedroom. 

This room is located in the ell of the house that connects the kitchen, dining, living room areas with the bedrooms. There is a good sized gap under the double doors on that room and noise seeps in  ... television, talking, the dogs running back and forth. During nap and bed time, Abby hears everything and wants to join the goings on. Can you blame her?

So I came up with an inexpensive sound muffler using two pool noodles from the dollar store wrapped in fabric. I used upholstery fabric that I’ve had for many years but large towels would work well, too.

I measured the width of the doors and cut each noodle slightly shorter using a serrated knife, then cut each one in half lengthwise. 

I laid a half noodle on either side of the door, flat side down, and wrapped a measuring tape around them to see how much fabric I’d need. I stitched the long wrong sides together into a sleeve and finished each end with my serger before turning right side out. You could do all of this with a regular sewing machine or even just a glue gun.

I slid the noodle halves into the sleeve, tucked the ends in around the noodles, and slid them under each door. 

The doors slide open and closed easily and, best of all, have cut the noise into that room way down. I love the way they look and the whole project only cost $2!

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