How to Reduce Noise in an Apartment

Save

Reducing noise in an apartment is part of a lifestyle strategy to cope with your neighbors, have a calmer home environment and to help keep city noise down to a minimum. Noise pollution is a very real problem, and noise pollution can occur not just within an apartment building, but within your own apartment as well. Landlords who own multi-family properties or apartment buildings understand the power of noise complaints; a noisy tenant can drive others away, increasing costs for the landlord as she deals with high turnover from renters. Whether you are an apartment occupant or a landlord, learn how to reduce noise in an apartment to make apartment living a more harmonious experience for everyone involved.

Things You'll Need

  • wall to wall carpet
  • padding
  • area carpet
  • door draft blockers
  • soundproofing curtains
  • solid core door

How to Reduce Noise in an Apartment

  • Cover the floors with wall-to-wall carpeting with padding underneath. Do not carpet bathrooms and kitchens, however, with wall-to-wall carpeting. Area rugs are fine in these potentially messy rooms. Wall-to-wall carpeting is the single best way to reduce noise in an apartment but for some renters and landlords this may be too expensive. If you do cover the floors with wall-to-wall carpeting, the thicker the carpeting and padding, the greater the noise reduction.

  • Use area rugs where wall-to-wall carpeting is not possible. Include thick padding under the area rugs to reduce noise further. The more surface area covered by rugs, the lower the noise issue.

  • Cover windows with soundproofing curtains. These are thick curtains designed to reduce noise. While they are more expensive than other curtains, they cut noise pollution and not only reduce the level of noise coming into an apartment, but reduce noise going out of the apartment.

  • Install curtain rods around the pain doorway and hang a soundproofing curtain. This prevents noise from going in or out at the main entry of the apartment. If you live off of a shared entryway or hallway, this can make a dramatic difference in noise exchange.

  • Place door draft blockers under the main door. This not only helps to reduce heat loss in the winter, it also reduces space where noise can travel.

  • Replace hollow-core doors with solid-core doors. If you are the tenant, ask your landlord for permission.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider installing soundproofing foam if you are a landlord who wishes to soundproof the apartment. If you are the tenant, ask your landlord for permission to use soundproofing foam on the main door and window frames to reduce noise.
  • Consider adding a layer of sheet rock and Green Glue to walls for extremely tight soundproofing.
  • If you have noise issues with a neighbor, do not try to "out noise" them. Request basic soundproofing from your landlord and cordially ask neighbors to keep the sound down. If noise becomes an ongoing issue, research noise ordinances in your town to know your rights.

Related Searches

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Resources

You May Also Like

  • Insulation & Noise Reduction

    While homeowners usually think of insulation as an energy-saving measure, it can also reduce noise. Insulation materials can block the transmission of...

  • How to Block Noise From An Apartment Door

    Living in an apartment or other attached property can involve a noise problem. You may hear your neighbors talking or walking around...

  • How to Reduce Garage Door Noise

    Noisy garage doors can be annoying and also a symptom of a bigger problem. Garage doors and electric openers can become loose,...

  • How to Reduce Noise From Upstairs

    Whether you are living in the bottom story of an apartment complex or share a home with friends or relatives who live...

  • Noise Reduction for Air Conditioners

    Air conditioners can be incredibly noisy devices sometimes, and this noise can distract people in a house or neighboring apartment, making them...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!