If you live in a noisy area, like me, you’ve tried many ways to reduce the volume. You might have invested in noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs, only to find they don’t last long and they’re uncomfortable to wear. Maybe you’ve even put up with your noisy neighbors because moving is too expensive and complicated. Soundproof treatments are a better solution. When done right, they can save you money and time while giving you the peaceful sleep you deserve.
1. Inspect all holes or openings in your door
- Inspect all holes or openings in your door
Check for any gaps under doors and around window frames, as well as inside your door frame. This includes measuring the gap on either side of your doorframe (the distance between the wall and the frame). You can also measure to see if there are any gaps on either side of your window frames, which will allow sound to travel through more easily. If you have a sliding glass door, check for gaps between its panels; these can contribute to sound transmission as well
2. Seal the cracks on your windows to prevent leaks
For homeowners, one of the best ways to soundproof a home is by sealing any gaps around windows and doors. This can be done by using weatherstrip or caulking around your window frames, or you can use a spray foam insulation or silicone window sealant in order to keep noise out.
If you are renting an apartment, it may not always be possible to make permanent changes like installing thicker walls or adding insulation over time. However, there are still some things that you can do in order to reduce noise coming through the walls of your apartment building. You should try closing all interior doors as soon as possible after entering each room so as not to let vibrations travel throughout them too easily; also remember that carpeting tends to absorb sound better than hardwood floors do so if there is an option between these two surfaces then choose carpeting whenever possible!
3. Check for any gaps under doors and around window frames
Once you’ve checked for gaps around windows and doors, it’s time to do something about them. You can use weather stripping or caulk to seal up any small gaps. For larger areas, use a door sweep instead of weather stripping or caulk. This type of product is held in place by the door jamb itself, which means no tools are required for installation!
You can also use a door jamb specifically designed for this purpose—it will cover all sides of the frame around your entryway so that even if there are small holes within it (which should already be covered), they won’t matter because they’ll be hidden when everything is installed properly.
Lastly, you could use what’s called an “L-style” threshold—this piece fits into place overtop your existing flooring where it meets with walls/floors/doors etc., thereby creating another barrier against sound transmission coming through these openings as well as keeping moisture from seeping through cracks between boards themselves (which could lead them becoming loose over time).
4. Soundproof the door from both sides
- Soundproof the door from both sides.
Soundproofing your home starts with soundproofing your door. This is the first step to soundproofing your home because it’s one of the most important rooms in your house, and will help you sleep better at night. It’s really easy! You can do it yourself, but if you live in an apartment then ask your landlord to have them do it instead. You can also buy or rent a machine called a “sound blanket” that will bring down noise even more by adding another layer onto the door itself (it looks like a white sheet).*
5. Soundproof windows with acoustic blankets
Acoustic blankets are a good way to reduce the amount of sound that comes through your windows. They can be purchased at most hardware and home improvement stores, but make sure you get the right size for your windows.
If the edges of your acoustic blanket don’t fit perfectly into place, tape them down with duct tape or masking tape before installing it on your window.
Do not use fabric softener when washing an acoustic blanket because it will reduce its effectiveness in absorbing noise by up to 40%. Instead, use a mild detergent with warm water in a front-loading washing machine (if possible). Rinse twice and then dry in low heat until all wrinkles have been removed from both sides of the blanket. The best way to store an acoustic blanket is rolled up vertically with its own weight keeping it tight against itself.
6. Use acoustic wall panels on the noisy side of your home
As a general rule, acoustic wall panels are most effective when installed on the noisy side of the home. If you have neighbors that like to blast loud music or your upstairs neighbor has two rambunctious dogs, installing acoustic wall panels on that side of your home is going to be most beneficial.
If you’re not sure where to put them in your home, think about where sound travels from inside your apartment or house. If there’s constant traffic noise outside (like people walking by), then put them there; if it’s a busy street with lots of cars driving by at all hours of night and day (and it’s very hard for me not to use “…because that’s how we roll!” right here), then make sure those walls are soundproofed too!
7. Lower the volume on TV and music with a soundbar
A soundbar is a piece of audio equipment that can be placed on top of your TV. It’s a small speaker (or series of speakers) that amplifies the sound coming from your TV. This means that you don’t have to turn up the volume as high to hear dialogue and music, which helps lower noise levels in your apartment or home.
Some soundbars also include Bluetooth technology so you can stream music from your phone or laptop directly to the unit at higher quality than standard stereo speakers provide. If you live in an apartment building, or if there are other people living close by who like listening to loud music at night, this feature could be very helpful for keeping down noise levels in your home or apartment building!
8. Add flooring that absorbs sound
Add flooring that absorbs sound.
You should consider adding carpet, rugs, acoustic tiles or thick flooring to your home or apartment. This will help absorb sound and reduce it from reflecting around your living space. If you have hardwood floors, you can also add throw rugs in strategic areas of your apartment so that they absorb any vibrations caused by footsteps on the floorboards above you.
9. Mount speakers directly onto walls instead of shelves, to prevent vibration and noise leakage
- Mount speakers directly onto walls instead of shelves, to prevent vibration and noise leakage
Speakers mounted on shelves will vibrate with the music and produce a lot of bass sound. The vibrations from the bass and speaker drivers can easily be heard from adjacent rooms as well as through your floorboards.
To prevent this:
- Mount speakers directly onto walls instead of shelves, at least 1.5 inches away from the wall surface, using quality mounting hardware (including brass threaded inserts) that will hold firmly in drywall or plaster without damaging your walls or causing you to use excessive force when tightening them up against a stud or joist. If you don’t have enough room for an appropriate sized subwoofer cabinet behind a couch or chair then mount it on top of two bookshelf brackets which can be purchased almost anywhere that sells audio equipment including Amazon where they cost less than $10 each depending upon size options selected).
These tips can save you money and time, and help oyu sleep better!
Soundproofing your home is not as hard as you might think. You can do it yourself and save money by avoiding the cost of professional soundproofing specialists. These tips will help you sleep better and save money, too!
Soundproofing a home or apartment is a great way to save money and time, but it can also be very expensive if you hire professionals for the job. But with just some basic knowledge about materials used for soundproofing and how they work together, anyone can complete their own project in no time at all!
Here are some helpful tips that will help you get started on this exciting project:
We hope these tips will help you achieve a quieter home! Please let us know what other ideas you have for soundproofing your home.