Soundproofing Your Apartment

Not everyone can or even wants to purchase a home. For some, apartment living means having the flexibility to get up and move whenever and wherever they want. For others, apartment life is simply convenient based on the area in which they live. Whatever your reason for living in an apartment we’re sure you can agree that your upstairs, next door, and even downstairs neighbors can, at times, be a source of noise pollution.

If this is the case you may want to consider soundproofing your apartment. Since you don’t own the space there isn’t much you can do, but consider the following methods of sound control.

The first step in ensuring your apartment is as quiet as possible is to make sure it is fully furnished. Empty space is space in which sounds can vibrate and echo. In order to avoid this you’ll want to put down an extra area rug, include lots of comfortable furniture, and hang photographs and tapestries on the wall.

The next thing you’ll want to do is attack the walls you share with neighbors. In order to increase the space between you we recommend placing your bookshelves, dressers, and other storage containers on these walls. Fill the bookshelves with books and you’ll have  automatic sound insulation.

Take a look at your ceiling. You should have a drywall ceiling but you may, for some reason, have some sort of tiled ceiling. If this is the case you may want to replace the tiles you have with acoustical tiles that are better able to protect you from noise.

If all else fails, ask your landlord for permission to do a little remodeling. Add some Green Glue over your existing drywall and then add another layer, Green Glue noiseproofing compound is from the most versatile soundproofing products on the market today, or if you don’t mind the appearance, simply hang a vinyl barrier.

Don’t forget that the neighbors below you might be bothered by you as well. If this is the case you’ll want to rip up your carpet, add a layer of vinyl foam, and then reinstall the carpet in its original position.

Following these steps should help you to live a stress-free and quiet existence in your apartment!  Browse around for more soundproofing tips and ideas.

3 Responses to “Soundproofing Your Apartment”

  1. Bob says:

    This is wayyy to complicated for those who are looking up how to quiet your apartment…

  2. Jessica says:

    I thought it was rather helpful. I have a 3 year old and I feel bad for my downstairs neighbors. So adding extra carpet thoughout my apartment is an awesome idea. And as well as soundproofing the walls, put up some bookshelfs and such. Great idea!

  3. Janet says:

    What else can be done if the landlord won’t allow the the carpet to be ripped up, add a layer of vinyl foam, and then reinstall the carpet in its original position? And moving is not a possible option?

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