How to Soundproof Your Apartment
One downside of apartment living is thatin some scenarios, you can hear every move your neighbors make. Bass and music pumps through your walls. Footsteps stomping, come down from over. At times, you are treated to your building-mates’ most intimate moments. Solutions, which range from fast and easy to relatively extreme, exist that may permeate, or even eliminate, the ruckus.
Use relatively cheap, basic measures first. Ensure that your apartment has sufficient furniture. If your place is sparsely appointed, sounds tend to replicate throughout it. Line noisy walls with bookcases filled with books. This can muffle a few or all the sound. Use area rugs if you’ve got hardwood floors to absorb not only the sound you need to take, but the noises you make yourself.
Line walls with among those many vinyl hurdles which are on the industry specially made to give soundproofing. Acoustical Source is one company that offers this solution. If your situation is extreme, consider products which have an acoustic foam sandwiched between vinyl obstructions.
Soundproof ceilings using the same plastic barrier technique. Alternatively, on both walls and ceilings, you may use a chemical known as”Green Glue,” according to Alexander Gelfand of Wired. In cases like this, forgo the plastic barrier. Apply Green Glue between 2 thick layers of sheetrock. The Green Glue, notes Gelfand, turns sound into heating, while the mass of the sheetrock also needs to help to turn down the volume.
Blend the Green Glue fix with a false ceiling or only just try a false ceiling alone. Gelfand advises hanging wooden strips, 2 feet apart, from the ceiling. Screw sheetrock into the strips. Create a Green Glue sandwich to v false ceiling by lathering the upper layer of sheetrock with Green Glue and covering it with another layer of sheetrock.