Posted April 13, 2021 | by Michelle Zahn
Living in an apartment means living in a building with neighbors, and possibly near traffic and other outdoor activities. Sounds are a part of every day apartment living, however, there are steps you can take to mitigate and muffle the sounds entering. your home.
Seal Your Front Door
Reduce sounds coming from common area hallways by adding a little bit of weatherproofing or a draft guard at entry doors. This will help seal some of the gaps around your door, dampening sound but not your apartment. As a bonus - this can also help prevent bugs from sneaking into your home. However, if you notice the weather stripping around any entry doors (including sliding glass doors) is starting to wear down, pelase submit a service ticket so that this can be repaired.
Hang Thick Curtains
Another easy way to soften noise is by investing in thick window treatments or curtains. Fabric is a great insulator and can block a lot of sound from your windows. While blocking out some outdoor noise, thick curtains can also provide energy savings by blocking out excessive heat or cold, keeping the temperature in your home more stable.
Cover Your Walls (Carefully)
Adding decorative tapestries and wall hangings can also help absorb sound, both within your apartment and from adjacent neighbors. There are now even some ultra-modern, geometric and customizable art pieces such as tiles from Redesign Your Wall that are specifcally makde to help soundproof. Acoustimac even has wall art panels that look like standard art but offer sound absorption.
Just be sure that you're able to competely restore your wall back to its original condition before moving out to avoid a reduction in your security deposit.
Lay Down Some Rugs
Area rugs across 80% or more of your uncarpeted floors can work wonders for both you and your neighbors. Like curtains, rugs absorb ambient sound waves and muffle them. Adding a carpet pad under each area rug magnifies this effect and also prevents your rugs from sliding around.
Add a Bookcase
One of the top soundproofing tips you'll get is adding mass to reduce transmitted sound. A room with its walls completely covered is going to have less sound bleed than one with bare walls.
The same concept applies to bookshelves lining your wall. Not only is it an extra object capable of blocking sound, but most bookshelves are filled top to bottom with books. The resulting piece of wall furniture acts as a functional extra layer of wall between you and. your neighbors. It'll block out sound and make you look more well-read to any visitors.
Consider investing in a white noise machine. It basically works by overriding other sounds with white noise. White noise machines have been proven to promote healthy, good sleep by eliminating the noisy factors that can pop up in the night.
With some models, you can set them on a timer so they don't run all night. They also come in a variety of prices typically under $100 that can be lightweight and compact.
Gain Some Distance
Moving your bed, TV, and other common areas of relaxation away from shared walls can enhance your living experience. Move beds, couches, and other places you seek respite away from shared walls. Use shared walls for bookshelves, artwork, and other sound-muffling objects.