How to reduce noise in the garden

Have you ever gone out in your garden to have a cuppa, read a book or just admire your beautiful outdoor space in peace – but all of a sudden, when you’re just about to take your first sip, or settle into a new chapter, you hear your neighbours arguing about where the patio furniture should go, or sirens blaring past. All of a sudden, your well-earned time with nature doesn’t feel so natural.

However, there are methods that you can use to craft a peaceful, quiet space in your garden without having to have a stern word with the couple next, or worse, move away. If you’re feeling a little hopeless about your situation, remember that sound can be manipulated, and there’s lots that you can do in order to exploit it to fit your needs!

The impact of noise

Noise isn’t just annoying. In fact, it can actually have an impact on health. Studies show that experiencing noise pollution for extended periods of time, such as living in an area with high noise, can have an impact on physical and mental health, including:

While it may not be possible to block out all noise in your garden, there are ways to muffle or deflect sounds to create a noticeable difference in noise levels, allowing you to have that tranquil outdoor vista that you always dreamed of. Below are a few tips for reducing noise.

  1. Use hooded or high backed furniture

If you enjoy taking a seat in your garden for a moment or two, try using hooded or high back furniture and face it away from the noise source to deflect the soundwaves away from your ears.


Day bed


This daybed and footrest from QVC is the perfect piece for noise deflection, as it features a high quality canopy, which can be pulled up during noisy moments, and will even protect you from showers. Conversely, you can retract the canopy to make the most of a quiet, sunny day!

Featuring natural-coloured rattan and grey cushions, this day bed will fit perfectly in any style of garden. Plus, it’s space saving – the footrest actually fits inside the daybed when not in use. It also requires very little assembly; the only job you’ll need to do is to attach the canopy. Then, you’re free to enjoy your new noise-reducing garden furniture! 

  1. Plant shrubs

Line your garden or seating area with thick shrubs. Shrubs and trees are known to reduce noise pollution by a fraction; opt for dense, evergreen shrubs and trees that will let as few soundwaves through their foliage as possible, while protecting your ears all year round. Shrubs with thick roots at ground level (like holly and juniper) can also help to reduce the hum of nearby traffic. 


Holly bush


Not only this, but by planting native shrubs, you can create homes for local wildlife. How about replacing urban noise pollution with birdsong?

  1. Mask noise with a water feature

Although not all water features are completely natural, the sound of flowing water is a natural symphony that can add tranquillity to an environment by masking unwanted noises.

Water feature

Try this water feature, which also has beautiful LED lights.

  1. Extend the height of your fence

First, confirm which fence is yours. Then, consider your options for extending the height of your fence in order to increase the distance that sound has to travel, therefore making it appear quieter.

Faux trellis

You could try adding a trellis to your fence and training a dense climber to crawl up to the height of the trellis, or get a pre-filled faux trellis which could do the same job! Alternatively, you could look into metal soundproof fencing, with corrugated metal being a popular option for its weather resistance.

Where to find noise proofing garden features and furniture

QVC has a huge range of garden products that can help you enjoy your garden to the fullest! Shop the garden range here.

Which noises affect you the most in your garden? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Rod

    I personally think you and QVC are being a little irresponsible at this moment in time. Selling products that the ordinary household just cannot afford just now with the interest rates at the moment at 9% and still climbing, so products are getting more and more expensive to buy. Plus the cost of living is getting to a point that a lot of people will be suffering with household bills going higher and higher. Even if you give interest free payments that still is tempting us to buy those products and then more and more debt is growing, so each month the household payments go even higher again. That hooded chair and table is one example at over £400 including P&P who the heck can really afford them, only people with lots of money. QVC are now selling more and more expensive items that are well above the ordinary persons income. Are you discriminating against working class and others, like pensioners. We all don’t have spare money to buy such a really expensive item like that.

    Please be a little bit more responsible and sell products that people what that are affordable with really low monthly payments or one off payments.

    May 30, 2022

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