While I live on the 7th floor, the noise coming from street level is significant. Small motorcycles with their mufflers taken off race by all day long, constantly, and even at this level they can be ear piercingly loud. While it rarely wakes me up, it sometimes feels like noise pollution is impacting the quality of my sleep.
My bedroom has wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glass, so there is a rather large surface that needs to be treated. Outside, there is a balcony with a ceiling that will be reflecting sound. Inside, we have a thick curtain that does not seem to be doing much by the way of keeping sound out.
As we rent, replacing for double or triple glazed windows isn’t an option. So I’m wondering how to approach this.
Should I build a wall of wooden frames with insulation ‘wool’ stuck inside? Every morning removing those frames would become a nuisance no doubt, and storing them during monsoon season possibly a hassle. Should I stick sound insulation foam (the studio kind) to the outside of the windows, praying they come off the window once we move out? Stick insulation wool up on the balcony ceiling? Hang a vinyl curtains in front of the windows on the outside? Ruin our view by putting plants everywhere along the edge of the balcony, so the leaves help in reflecting sound.