Sound Proofing

How To Reduce Noise at Home For an Interruption-Proof Float

We live in a loud and actionable world.  A world filled with the sound of high-speed expressways, notifications from our phones and computers, the neighbor mowing his lawn, the TV blaring in the background, and the chatter of someone else in your home or office having a conversation on their cell phone.  There is constantly noise to be heard, so how is anyone expected to meditate or float in silence?

It's important to remember that the key to a perfect home floating environment is not in having a float tank that is sound-proof but having a room that is sound-proof.  There are two ways you can help make a room more sound-proof without having to completely renovate your home or spend a fortune. 

 

Absorbing Sound

Absorbing Sound is easier than blocking it out. Some ways to absorb sound are through:

Flooring – Cork floors are the best for sound absorption.  If you already have them in your home,  you're in good luck!  However, if you're like most people who have hardwood, tile, or linoleum in your home, you may want to try using some sort of rugs or sound-absorbing padding.  Anything with carpet is also good for sound absorption.   

 

Wall Coverings  – Sheetrock, used in most homes, is a terrible absorber for noise.  If you can hear a lot of noise in-between the walls of your home, a cheap solution would be to try foam panels on the walls.  Acoustic tiles are the most design-savvy solution to sound disturbances we've come across so far.  A good example are these tiles from MIO that are designed specifically to diffuse sound and can be installed temporarily with double-sided tape, or permanently with wallpaper paste.

 

Window Covering – Drapes or curtains can be used as a window covering to help both help absorb and block out noise.  The best sound-absorbing material is something heavier like velvet or wool or a fabric with multiple layers.  

 

 

 

Blocking Out Sound

 

Blocking out sound is hard but not impossible.  The two easiest ways to block out sound is through your doors and windows.  

Doors –  If you are trying to float in a room with pocket doors, you may want to reconsider moving float rooms or changing up your door. Pocket doors are almost impossible to insulate entirely as there are no jambs to close the door against.  The best door to block sound would be a door with a solid wood-core.  They cost anywhere around $200 but can make a huge difference in block out noise at home. 

Windows – Windows can be caulked or used in conjunction with a rubber seal to make sure they are airtight or if you have the money it might be worth it to invest in double or triple pain windows.  Not only will they block out sound but they will help you reduce your electrical costs of heating the tent as well.  Win-win!

 

Space Heater - If you don't want to have to make any modifications to you room but still want to block out sound, try using a space heater.  Not only will it help keep your room temperature where it needs to be but the small buzz of a heater is sometimes much less distracting than a car driving by or your dog barking in the background.  

 

 

 

These are some of our tips for the an affordable and easy way to sound-proof your home float room. Do you have any other tricks or ideas on how to minimize noise and distractions? Please share any advise you have by leaving a comment below.  

 

So what about sound proofing?

Here’s the question we get a lot.. “Does your tank have any sound proofing?” Basically, does the Zen Float Tent cut down on noise during a float?

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When designing the Zen Float Tent we really focused on a light-weight, thin walled design so it would be affordable, shippable, and easy to move. We want to make floating accessible to the whole world, and that comes with some limitations. Even the most expensive float tanks don’t eliminate sound, they only reduce it. You’ve got to have a quiet setting.

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Real sound proofing in any float tank comes from the room. It’s the reason float centers are in quiet locations, and the reason they tell all their patrons to “keep quiet.” It’s all about the room and environment. The best way to have a silent float is to tell anyone in the vicinity that you’re floating. Then they can help keep it quiet.

Another big reason sound isn’t a scary issue is because your ears are under water. It really cuts down the sound! I’ve been floating for years and let me tell you.. when your ears are under the water you don’t hear much. Try taking a bath and sticking your ears under the water, you will see what I’m talking about. Not to mention so many floaters use ear plugs. What does get through is the deep thuds, the loud booms, or heavy footsteps. If you can’t get rid of these, you may have problems.

Naturally there are going to be people in apartments, in cities, etc. and it will require sound dampening the room. I use to work in sound studios and it was all about insulation and absorbing the sound. In fact, I had a sound booth in my basement and I lined it with mattresses and threw a rug on the ground, it worked great! It dampens the sound waves, and makes for a more quiet environment. Check out some great ways to quiet a room here 

Here’s the rule of thumb if you’re thinking if purchasing a tank. Do you have a room and environment you could meditate in without distraction? If you have that.. you can have a successful float there. You can always throw in ear plugs too.

At the end, sound is the easiest variable to fix, and with a little creativity you can figure out a quiet setting to float in.