How to Soundproof an Apartment Ceiling


Soundproofing a ceiling can give much needed peace and quiet to residents of apartment buildings. Upstairs neighbors with dogs or children, or neighbors who simply walk heavily or throw parties regularly can create a lot of noise. Lose of sleep, difficulty concentrating and added stress are a few of the disadvantages of living below noisy neighbors. However, simply soundproofing the ceiling can prevent the aggravating noise.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • R12 or R13 Fiberglass insulation
  • Foam tiles
  • Caulk
  • Isolation clips

Expose the ceiling

  • Your ceiling must be completely exposed to soundproof it. Remove any drywall and place it aside, intact, as you will be replacing it. Only the wood struts of the ceiling should be visible.

  • Pack the foam insulation into the exposed spaces between the ceiling struts.

  • Check your ceiling carefully for holes. Even the slightest hole can let sound through. Use acoustical caulk to fill any holes.

  • Place a dense layer of foam ceiling tiles over your ceiling. The thicker they are, the more difficult it will be for sound to get through them.

  • Go back over the ceiling to check for holes. Use caulk to seal any holes left when the foam ceiling tiles were added. It is very important that all holes are sealed, so double check the ceiling before moving to the next step.

  • Replace the drywall you removed in Step 1. Use isolation clips to create a small gap between the drywall and the ceiling. The gap will prevent noise caused by vibrations.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get permission from your landlord before beginning.
  • Wear clothing you don't mind ruining.
  • Fiberglass can be sensitive to the skin so wear long sleeves and pants.

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