How to soundproof windows from outside noise?

stop rain noise on windows

Have you ever felt so tired that your only wish at that moment was to take a nap? I know I’ve been in that situation.

You finally get that chance and just as you’re about to fall into the dream world, boom. It starts raining. The raindrops fall on your window, making the ugliest sound you have ever heard.

What can you do about it? Unfortunately, not much. There aren’t many options for stopping this kind of problem yet, but I can list some of them for you.

That’s why in this article I’m going to present to you how to stop or at least minimize the noise of rain on windows.

How much money are you planning to spend on this?

First, you need to think about a budget.

If you really need this, and you have a delicate situation in the family, you may need to invest a little bit more money, for example, you have a baby, and it can’t sleep because of the rain noise. In this case, you may want to make a higher investment.

There is no rush though. Trying some of the free options could fix your problem. If they still don’t work, you can try some permanent modifications like special windows, which I will talk about later.

What options do you have?

Unfortunately, none of the following options I’m going to present is going to stop noise completely. However, you can trick your ears that the sound isn’t there at all. How do you do that? I will get to that later.

Organize the room

The easiest method that also is free is to modify the affected room or rooms. What do I mean by that?

Try to move your furniture, so the bed is as far as possible from the window. This may not make a major difference, but if we’re talking about a big room, it can make a huge difference.

Soundproofing the windows

Next up, you can try soundproofing your own windows.

That means you need to check if your windows are insulated. Simply check for any gaps or cracks in the windows that may allow sound or even water from the rain to enter the room and then try covering them up with an insulating foam from your local shop.

It is 100% harmless and can be removed anytime by just peeling it off with a knife.

I must warn you that this method will not make such a big difference in terms of sound. The raindrops will still fall, but, without the gaps, it may not be as disturbing. The only thing that has a cost in this procedure is the foam which shouldn’t be more than $10.


Another possibility would be earplugs. However, I don’t recommend wearing them all the time while not sleeping, as they are very useful for sleep only.

They may feel weird at first, but, once you get used to them, you will sleep like a baby. You can go for simple earplugs, but I will talk about my suggested products later.

Before getting to the next option, I need to give you some tips about earplugs. You need to wash your hands before inserting them and make sure to clean them regularly. You don’t want to get some annoying bacteria because of those.

If you choose to go for the normal ones, roll them into a cylinder, insert, and let them expand in your ear to ensure comfortability. Be careful not to push them too deep as well.

Don’t wear them all the time in the house when is raining, this will stop you from hearing important things.

Soundproof curtains

The next recommended option is noise reducing curtains. Yes, you heard that right. You probably never heard of them before, but I can assure you they are a wonderful invention.

They aren’t expensive at all, but they are not magical either. They won’t make a big difference. They are just thick, usually microfiber curtains, but they will reduce some of the noise coming from outside. That includes rain noise.


The following suggestion could be really expensive if you go for the best product in the industry.

However, if you are going to buy premium headphones, you can use them for a long time and pretty much anywhere. You don’t have to wear them only inside.

Some of them have really innovating noise cancelation that blocks a lot of the surrounding sounds. You can fall asleep listening to some relaxing music to forget about the annoying rain noises.

Every advantage comes with this downside, so I’m going to reveal that as well. Falling asleep with your headphones playing will damage your eardrum over time, so doing that is not recommended.

Noise cancelation windows

Lastly, but the most effective method, is noise cancelation windows. Pair that with some of the curtains we’ve talked earlier, and you are going to have a room with little to no sound coming from outside.

Recommended products

Now, I’m going to discuss the recommendations from earlier and try to give you the best value for money products.

Silicone Ear Plugs

Starting us off for recommendations are earplugs. One of the best type out there is the BetterSleep Silicone Ear Plugs. They are really cheap, and for $13 you get 4 pairs of them.

According to the reviews, they are effective, comfortable, and even multifunctional. You can use them for sleeping, swimming, showering, concert noise, or while studying.

One of the most important features is their form. Because of this, you can mold them to your specific ear canal shape and size, and you can sleep on that ear without discomfort or issues.

Even though you get many pairs in one purchase, you can reuse just one set many times. Also, they are made of silicone, meaning you can wash them with soapy water. You can buy them on Amazon here.

Window Treatments Set

The next product I will recommend is a best seller in the “Window Treatments Sets” section on Amazon. Yes, we are talking about noise reducing curtains, the ones from Nicetown, specifically.

With over 5.2 thousand reviews and a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating, this is the best type you can get. They come in different colors and sizes, so you can get the perfect ones for your home.

They have a sleek and elegant design, paired with amazing material. They also are multifunctional. They are thermally insulated, can block light and sound, and also are fade-resistant, ensuring you don’t have to change them every month.

You easily can throw them into the washing machine, and you’re all set. All of that for only $29. Hurry up and catch them at a sale.

Noise canceling

The best option for headphones on this list is going to be the Bose QuietComfort 35(series II).

They have the most advanced noise canceling technology on the market, allowing you a very pleasant and comfortable experience while using them. They even have the personal virtual assistant, Alexa, implemented.

At request, she will give you access to music, information, and more. They can connect wirelessly to your phone, so the cable will not bother you while sleeping.

The downside of those is the price, which is $350 right now on Amazon. Read the specifications and the reviews first, and they will change your mind. They have a 4.3 out of 5 stars review from 1,788 people. You can find them here.

Noise cancelation windows

As for the noise cancelation windows, the suggestion is the Quiet Line Series Windows.

They are made of 3 layers of glass with a strong vinyl frame with optimized insulation and can help you archive some of the best sound control ratings available for windows.

STC is the rating used to communicate how well does a window block sound. While a typical window provides about 28-32 rating, this one, in particular, provides a rating up to 48.

Triple glazed with airspace optimized to provide premium sound reduction, these windows definitely will reduce or eliminate the rain sound. Moreover, you can add laminated glass and heavier glazing options in case of extreme conditions.

Although they are weatherproof, the company still provides a 10-year warranty, giving you extra assurance. If you want to check them out and get the most intriguing deal for their windows, you can check out this website:


Overall, the right option for you depends on the situation. You can’t buy a good pair of headphones or earplugs and make a baby wear them when it is raining outside.

That’s why you are going to have to pick the best option according to your needs. My suggestion is to invest in something practical that will last a long time.

If you are annoyed by noises coming from outside aside from or in addition to rain noises, you can pick the special windows. After you will notice the difference, you are going to want those everywhere in your house.

What option did you choose and why? How effective was it for you and would you buy it again?

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