Does Bubble Wrap block sound?

It seems like something that would be more of an issue in the packaging department, but many people want to know if it’s possible to use bubble wrap as a soundproofing material. 

Bubble wrap is a very light weight material and it does not help in blocking sound. For blocking sound, heavy and dense materials should be used.

Though the bubbles might help in a little bit of sound reduction, it also depends on the frequency of the sound and how many bubbles you have between you and the source of the sound. Also, it depends on how tightly packed the bubbles are in the bubble wrap. 

Let’s start with some basics about sound before we get into our experiment to see if bubble wrap can be used as soundproofing material in your home or office.

Does bubble wrap actually block sound?

Bubble wrap is used for a lot of different purposes, but does it also act as a barrier to sound? The answer is no. That’s right, bubble wrap does not actually block any noise at all. So what good is it then you might be wondering? 

Well, one of the main functions of this product is to cushion items that need protection during shipping or storage. A layer of bubble wrap can help protect delicate items from getting smashed or scratched by other objects in close proximity. 

pic showing bubble wrap
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This material can also be used for gift wrapping and to organize items on shelves in the home or office. Bubble wrap has been around since 1957 when Swiss inventor Marc Chavannes invented it, which he named air-filled plastic sheets. 

The first use of the packaging was to package fragile glassware. It has since grown into a wide variety of uses, including packing electronics and artwork for protection in transit.

Does House Wrap reduce noise?

House wrap alone is not a great way to reduce noise levels in your home. One of the most common misconceptions about house wrap is that it blocks all noise.

To really help with noise reduction, you’ll want to install house wrap and a layer of insulation like Roxul Safe’n’Sound or Owens Corning 703 EcoTouch. The combination will give you some of the best noise reduction possible.

Also check: Find the Best Soundproof Insulation

It is also important to note that once your installation is complete, there are still things you can do to make sure it works as well as possible for you! We recommend sealing any seams with tape (or for more durable seals) liquid-applied silicone sealant.

Conclusion

Bubble wrap is just a piece of plastic. It doesn’t have any properties that would make it an ideal sound-proofing material. In fact, the most sound will be able to penetrate through the bubble wrap.

There are more effective ways to ensure you have adequate soundproofing in your space. One of these solutions may be acoustic tiles, which can easily be installed onto ceilings and walls to reduce noise from entering or exiting the room. Acoustic panels are another option for blocking unwanted sounds from disrupting your workday or home life.