Intrusive noise is an unfortunate reality when you live in an apartment. With everyone in such close proximity, it’s understandable that things can’t be quiet and tranquil all the time. There will be times when the complex is busy and a lot of people are moving around, you need to run a hammer or drill, or there’s a lot of noise pollution from the parking lot. Fortunately, there are noise reduction techniques you can utilize whether you need to keep noise in your apartment, or out of it.
Acoustic panels absorb sound, hindering reverb and echoes that can travel into other spaces. Although these are not specifically designed to keep things quiet, they can be effective at absorbing certain frequencies of sound both in and out of the room they’re in. This can reduce incoming and outgoing noise, and even help absorb echoes of sound that are traveling from common areas with more frequent noise pollution.
If your front door is letting in a lot of footsteps and hallway conversations, weatherproofing can provide effective noise reduction. Add a door sweep if you have a gap below the door and enjoy the added bonus of keeping out drafts and the heat of summer. You can also add weather stripping along any edges with gaps where sound is leaking through.
Heavy-duty blackout soundproof curtains are a great option for keeping outdoor noise out of your apartment. High-quality soundproof curtains can reduce up to 60% of incoming and outgoing noise. These can be put on any window but will be especially useful for bedroom windows. Parking lots and busy streets create a lot of noise pollution that can interrupt sleep. Soundproofing blackout curtains will greatly reduce incoming noise while also reducing incoming sunlight.
A large bookcase full of stuff can be surprisingly effective at creating a barrier to sound. Building up a bookshelf and filling it adds mass and creates a thick, heavy object that resists the vibration of sound and stops it in its tracks. This also gives you more storage space in your apartment, so it’s a win-win solution.
If you’re not on the ground floor, rugs can save your downstairs neighbors from hearing every step you take. An area rug will muffle your steps and sounds, but adding a thick rug mat underneath will keep your rug in place and add even more sound muffling capability. This will help make it so your neighbors don’t become characters in a sitcom and end up banging on their ceiling with a broom handle.
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