If you are suffering from noisy neighbours or simply want to enjoy your music without annoying the people that live next door, then we have some top tips to help you soundproof your apartment. This might seem like an extreme measure to take but if you are working night shifts and live next door to a screaming baby, you will soon want to find ways that you can soundproof your home to make sure you get a full night's rest. You can, of course, complain to the council or landlord, but this can be a long, drawn-out process and end up causing arguments between you and your neighbours. Again, you might even be trying to block your own sound out to avoid complaints from neighbours. Take a look at our guide to soundproofing your apartment.
Firstly, if you are sharing an apartment with flatmates or have particularly loud children, then you might have a problem with noise between rooms in your apartment. There is a solution to this though and you can help to block noise between rooms to make it a better environment for everyone living there. The first thing that you can do is to apply materials such as cotton or felt to the walls to help absorb sound in a room. You can start by doing this on adjoining walls or all walls in a room if necessary. Objects also absorb sound and stop it travelling through walls, so it could be a good idea to ask your flatmate to re-arrange their room. Where possible, placing wardrobes or furniture against the wall can help to absorb sound in a room.
Another problem that you might be suffering with is noise coming from the outside of your property. If you live on a busy road or close to a high street, then you are likely to get a lot of noise from cars and people going about their daily business. This can be massively distracting and aggravating if you are trying to relax. One of the biggest problems from outside noise is that it comes through the windows and if not insulated properly can be a real problem. If you only have single glazing in your property then you might want to consider upgrading this to double or triple glazed windows. If you can’t afford this or it's not possible in a rental property, then make sure there are no gaps or holes in the sealant around your windows. Also, make sure to hang thick and heavy curtains to help absorb that noise.
If the problem that you’re having is in fact with your neighbours, then you might want to look at ways that you can stop noise coming through ceilings and walls in your property. If you are having a problem with a noisy neighbour above, then you should ask your landlord or the council about carpet laws. It is mandatory in the UK for Houses in Multiple Occupancy to have carpeted floors in order to help reduce noise levels. If you think that a neighbour above might’ve replaced their carpet with hard floors, then get in touch with the appropriate person. In order to reduce noise levels through the walls, you can place furniture such as bookshelves along your walls in order to reduce the noise.
If this still isn’t doing the trick then you should consider making your own noise in order to cancel out that of your neighbours. We’re not suggesting that you start blaring your music at full volume in retaliation, but adding noise to your environment could actually help to reduce the amount of noise coming from elsewhere. For example, find a playlist on Spotify that suits you such as chillout music or even head to YouTube for something like relaxing wave sounds. By adding noise to your own environment, this can actually distract you and take your mind off any noise that might be coming from the neighbours.
These are some of the top tips that can help you with reducing the noise coming into your apartment. However, this is not guaranteed to reduce all noise so you might still be living with some in the background. If you've been suffering from noise for too long and can't do anything about it, then you might want to consider looking for a new home. Easistore can help with our self storage solutions so you can store belongings until you are ready to move.