Apartment living has its pros and cons, and one of the downsides to sharing a building with others is that it can be pretty noisy. Have you ever sat at night, trying to relax, yet still able to hear your neighbor’s loud music playing from down the hall? Chances are you have. Or maybe, the cars driving by your window are too loud for you to relax? Any of this sound familiar?
The good news is that you don’t have to put up with noise that you aren’t creating. There are a few easy and inexpensive things that you can do to soundproof your apartment and enjoy the peace and quiet that you deserve.
Five easy ways to soundproof your apartment.
- Fill some bookshelves: Full shelves have long been a soundproofing technique. Of course, you want to consider filling them with materials that absorb sound (such as some nice thick books). The larger the bookshelf, the more noise will be blocked from getting in (and getting out). Not a lot of books? Consider storing your linens and extra blankets on the shelves.
- Put down some rugs: Better yet, put down some rugs and thick rug pads. They will help to reduce the noise that comes up from the apartment below you. Even if it’s your own noise, rugs will help to muffle sound and cut the echos.
- Hang curtains: Putting up some thick drapes or curtains will help to reduce the noise coming in from outside. You may want to not only hang curtains in front of the windows but consider hanging one in front of the door too. Make sure that you choose a drape or curtain that is made of heavy material and not a light one (a light curtain won’t go very far in reducing the noise).
- Window inserts: If the noise outside is really loud (maybe you live near a corner, with lots of traffic stopping or in a busy city), then you might want to install window inserts. Window inserts have proven to reduce the outside noise volume by 50%. They are simple, glass, or acrylic panes that you install over your existing windows, and they are airtight. An excellent way to quickly soundproof a bedroom!
- White noise: If all else fails, you can always resort to a noise machine or a good old fan. White noise has proven to help babies sleep more soundly, and the right noise machine can do wonders in blocking sounds out. No machine or fan? There are now many white noise apps that you can find in your app store for free!
Soundproofing your apartment is not only about reducing the outside noise, but it’s also about being a good neighbor yourself. Maybe you have a noisy dog, a new baby, or love to listen to rock music. You want to be able to relax and enjoy yourself without disturbing your neighbors (and vice versa).
With these easy (and cheap!) ideas, there’s no reason why you should not consider making your apartment quieter!