How to make your apartment soundproof

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Soundproofing is the process of making a room or space as sound-absorbent as possible. It’s something that most renters need to think about at some point, especially if they live in one of America’s noisy cities like New York, Boston or Los Angeles.

Use foam panels to create a sound-proof barrier.

Foam panels can be used on walls and ceilings, as well as in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. They can also be used in living rooms, other rooms or even under your bed.

If you have a small apartment that’s hard to soundproof because of its size or layout (e.g., if it has big windows), then this is a good option for you. These are especially helpful if you have kids who make lots of noise running around all day long!

They’re perfect for renters too because they’re not permanent changes so if you move out then there won’t be any damage done to the walls/floors/ceilings while making them soundproofed (which could end up costing thousands).

Use rugs or carpeting on the floor and walls.

Carpet or rugs can help reduce the amount of sound that travels through the surface of a wall. It’s not as effective as acoustic foam, but it can still make a big difference in your apartment’s soundproofing.

If you have hardwood floors and want to keep them, consider getting area rugs to cover them up. The thicker and more dense the material is, the better it will absorb sound vibrations from below.

If you’re worried about how it will look with your furniture arrangement or decor scheme (or if there isn’t much room for rugs), try hanging some tapestries on the walls instead! They’re cheap, easy-to-hang decorations that can make an impact without taking up too much space or effort on your part.

Cover windows, vents and electrical outlets with weather stripping.

Weather stripping is a piece of foam or rubber that you can buy at your local hardware store and apply to windows, doors and vents. It helps to close the gaps around these openings, which prevents sound from escaping into your apartment through them.

Weather stripping comes in various sizes, so you’ll need to measure your windows and doors before buying it. Once you’ve measured everything out, cut the weather stripping to size with a utility knife or scissors (if it’s foam).

Weather stripping is often glued or taped on—you may need an assistant for this part of the project! However, if you have time on your hands (or if it’s just not possible), you could also glue some nails into place so that they stick out slightly from both sides of each gap between doors/windows/etc., then attach them directly onto those nails with screws or bolts once they’re inserted into their respective areas inside/outside of whatever surface needs covering up as well

Hang thick curtains across the room.

Hang thick curtains across the room. Thick curtains will make it more difficult for sound to pass through them, which is exactly what we want.

Thick curtains also help with soundproofing because they absorb some of the noise that is transmitted through your walls and windows.

In order to hang them properly, make sure you:

  • Hang them on a wall, not on a window or ceiling. If they are hung over an open space (like a window), they won’t do much at all to block out sound because air easily passes through them.
  • Hang them on an appropriate height—not too high or too low so that they don’t touch the ground or ceiling respectively when closed (this can have negative effects).

By using these tips, you can make your apartment as quiet as possible.

Now that you know the basics of soundproofing, it’s time to put them into action. To start with, make sure that your walls are covered in thick carpet or rugs. This will help absorb any sounds made by footsteps, shuffling papers and other movements. If you don’t want to go out and buy new rugs, try using old t-shirts or towels as a temporary solution until you can get something more permanent.

Next up is covering any vents or electrical outlets with weather stripping so they’re less likely to let sounds seep through them. You probably won’t even notice this step since they’re usually located in inconspicuous places like behind cabinets or under desks!

Finally there’s hanging curtains across windows and doors so people outside cannot see inside your home at all times when they walk past it; otherwise their footsteps could carry through the glass panes into rooms where others may be sleeping peacefully without knowing anyone else was there at all!


You can make your apartment soundproof with foam panels, rugs or carpeting on the floor and walls, cover windows, vents and electrical outlets with weather stripping, or hang thick curtains across the room. By using these tips, you can make your apartment as quiet as possible.

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