No one loves noisy neighbors. They keep you awake when you’re trying to sleep, and their music or conversations battle for attention when you’re working. Enough is enough — it’s time to soundproof. In this post, we’ll walk you through the steps you can take to block out unwanted noise, as well as the best tools available to do so.
What Can Be Done About Loud Neighbors?
You have a few options when it comes to handling your noisy neighbors, including:
- Add furniture and decor to your apartment.
- Use soundproofing tools when possible.
- Cautiously ask your neighbor to quiet down.
- Consult with your landlord.
It’s best to handle noisy neighbors in this order. Keep in mind that your neighbors may not be making an unrealistic amount of noise. Rather, your home or apartment could have poor soundproofing qualities. Give your neighbors the benefit of the doubt by adding furniture and decor into your living space. If your neighbors’ noises are still persistent after a few weeks, upgrade to proper soundproofing tools. If you talk to your neighbors and the noise still continues, it may be best to bring your landlord into the equation.
Adding Furniture and Decor to Block Out Noise From Neighbors
First, let’s break down why you’re hearing your neighbors. When your neighbors make a sound — like clinking their dishes together — the sound waves from their apartment make their way into yours. Sound waves are only deadened when something absorbs or reflects them. Adding furniture and decor into your home creates more surface area for sound waves to be absorbed. Some things you can add to your apartment layout are:
1. Fluffy Carpets
Lay a fluffy carpet in your living room, bedroom and any other room that can reasonably fit one. This includes carpets in your kitchen and bathroom, too. Carpets are more than an interior fashion design staple. They have fibrous material that dampens vibrations and reduces sound transfer. When sound waves enter your home, your carpet will “catch” them and prevent them from traveling around the room.
2. Sound-Reducing Curtains
Curtains are another interior design staple that dampens sound. Sound waves don’t just bounce off your ceiling and floor — they bounce off any surface, including your walls. Sneaky sound waves can enter through your window, too. Sound-reducing curtains have thick fabric which, like carpets, “catch” sound waves and prevent them from bouncing anywhere else.
3. Large Furniture
Think of sound waves like a bouncy ball. If you throw a bouncy ball at a wall, it will bounce around the room until something absorbs its energy or it runs out of energy altogether. Now, think of large furniture as obstacles the bouncy ball — or sound wave — has to navigate. Furniture absorbs some of the sound wave’s energy and limits the length it travels around your apartment.
Using Soundproofing Tools to Block Sound From Neighbors
Sometimes, DIY-soundproofing furniture won’t cut it. That’s why Soundproof Cow offers professional soundproofing tools that can be easy to add to your apartment. Talk to your landlord about which soundproofing tools you can reasonably add to your apartment or home. Noisy neighbor soundproofing tools you may consider include:
1. Quiet Batt™ Soundproofing Insulation
The best way to keep noise from entering your home is with soundproofing insulation. If you live in an apartment complex, this option may not be the best for you. If you get approval, Quiet Batt™ Soundproofing Insulation is well worth the investment.
When you order Quiet Batt™ Soundproofing Insulation, it will arrive at your door in rolls. You’ll also want to order our Quiet Batt™ Insulation Support to support the insulation. When you’re ready to apply it, all you’ll need is a utility knife and a tape measure. Unravel the soundproofing insulation and place it snuggly in your walls. There are no complicated steps involved — in fact, the insulation will do the hard work for you, forming into any space you put it in.
After it’s installed, the material will act as a barrier to your neighbor’s noise. When your neighbors clink their dishes, you will never know because the insulation will trap those sounds and keep them from entering your home.
2. Door Seals and Sweeps
A less invasive way to keep noise from entering your apartment is by installing door seals and sweeps. Think about the sound you hear when you knock on your door. You may notice that doors act as a sound magnifier. Doors are major culprits to sound travel because they usually have hollow cores, and there is an open perimeter in between the door and the doorway, which sounds travel through.
Resolve these noisy issues by installing door seals and sweeps. Door seals and sweeps look fairly similar. Both are made of aluminum and silicone. Aluminum acts as a secure base for the silicone, which forms an air-tight seal in the spaces below and around your door.
You can order our Quiet Door™ Sweeps and Seals online individually or in a kit outfitted with everything you’ll need during setup. From there, the setup is self-explanatory, requiring only a Phillips screwdriver, tape measure and hacksaw for trimming.
3. Acoustic Panels
Acoustic panels are soundproofing tools you hang on your wall that absorb sound waves and prevent them from traveling around the room. Acoustic panels don’t look like the perforated panels you see in sound booths. Our art acoustic panels are customizable, and most people wouldn’t be able to tell they’re actually soundproofing tools.
We offer three types of acoustic paneling:
- Art acoustic panels: Art acoustic panels let you soundproof your apartment without sacrificing your personal style.
- Fabric wrapped acoustic panels: Our fabric wrapped acoustic panels are similar to our art acoustic panels, except they’re wrapped in decorative fabric.
- Perforated wood art panels: If you prefer a more natural, modern look, you may prefer our perforated wood art panels. This acoustic panel looks decorative but has perforations that make it more functional as a soundproofing tool.
Place an acoustic panel on the wall where most of the noise transfers from. Hanging the acoustic panel is easy, requiring similar steps as hanging a normal picture or painting.
Let Soundproof Cow Help You Enjoy Your Home Again
Loud neighbors can really disrupt your daily routine. Soundproof Cow can help you regain control of your home using soundproofing tools. Our tools are easy to install, and most require items you likely already have around your house. Not sure where to start? Let us help! Contact us online, or speak to a professional directly by calling 1-866-949-9269.