Who doesn’t want a home without any kind of noise, but is that actually possible? The sound of a baby crying next door, or the melodious lady practicing sessions or even the sound of car jammed on the roads, everything makes things unbearable sometimes. Even if you want to run away you cannot, where else will you go?
There is a good news and that you can soundproof your own apartment and live in peace. You may be thinking that it’s tough to implement but actually with few additions and changes here are there you will have a peaceful apartment to live in that is totally sound proof.
Cover the walls first
As you share the walls with your neighbor, let’s start with them first. Glass and wood has an ability to amplify the noise nearby into the air. If you can add soft surfaces to your room the sound will be absorbed by them. The best items are foam cotton and felt but if they do not give way to bright look you can think if something decorative. You can use decorative fabric, or greenery to the sparse spaces.
Just use materials that will absorb the sound instead of reflecting it back.
Add rugs and baffles
Your main should be to stop the sound from bouncing and thus by covering the floors with rugs and the ceilings with suspended baffles you can easily do that. Rugs will also help in giving an overall look to your rooms. You can choose any design that goes well with the room décor so that you have smart looking rooms that are soundproof too.
Use door seals and draft guards
You may ignore the small space beneath your door or even the small crack in the door, but noise will not. It will enter your apartment through them. In order to mitigate the unwelcome noise in your rooms add a door guard. They along with soundproofing your rooms will also help in insulating the rooms better. There are different designs available online and you can try anyone of them. In order to stop the sound coming from the door gap you can use a door sweep.
Replace your doors
What are your doors made up of? Are they the latest ones that are hollow or ones which are of solid wood? If you have the latter doors then much of the sound is prevented by the door. Else its time that you change the doors too. If you cannot afford a solid wood door now then you can think of buying composite-core or particleboard-core doors, they too will serve great in stopping noise from entering your apartment.
Yes, they will add to your sophistication but along with that they are great from providing sound insulation. If you add a bookshelves in your room wall the walls width will be thicken and sounds from other end will be stopped. Along with that you will also get some extra space in the shelves.
There are different ways by which you can actually soundproof your apartment, investing in some soundproof curtains is also a good idea. Just make sure that everything is with the décor and then you can live peacefully.