Not everyone has the luxury of living in a suburban setting, with neighbours close enough that you don’t feel alone, but far enough that you don’t have to deal with noise. Especially with the surge in remote work, apartment and condo dwellers need peace and quiet more than ever. No one wants to be that person who is constantly asking the neighbours to keep it down.
Thankfully, there are other ways to keep the noise at bay without even interacting with the folks next door. So, if you are curious about how to block sound from noisy neighbours, here are tried and tested methods.
1. Install some dry lining
This may be a tedious process, but if you install some extra dry lining then you can block out a lot of noise. The only downside to this kind of instalment is that it takes up quite a bit of space.
Expect to lose at least five centimetres during the installation, but also remember that it is a small price to pay for some peace and quiet. Note that this is an intricate process, so if you are not that handy, contact a professional.
2. Add more furniture to your setting
This one is just plain science, the emptier the room is, the more sound bounces off everything. So, if your room is a little empty then that may be the reason you can hear every echo and sound from next door.
No one is asking you to clutter up your house, so if you already have enough furniture, then this may not be the best choice of action. Thankfully, there are other subtle ways to fill up your space, like strategically placing plants around the house.
3. Get the right kinds of curtains
With sound reducing curtains, you can go a long way. The same way people have blackout curtains to keep the lights out, there are also sound reducing curtains to keep the noise out. Obviously, you will still be able to hear some sounds, but the volume will be lower.
The upside to using these curtains is that they are a triple threat. Not only do they keep outside sounds at a minimum, but they also work as blackout curtains. To crown it all, they don’t let all the heat or cool air out, so you can easily regulate the temperature in your roll using these nifty additions.
4. A white noise machine will do the trick
White noise machines are soothing and calming, they also drown out all sorts of pesky sounds coming from outside your room. Look for one that produces a sound that’s not distracting, because if it is, that defeats the purpose. All in all, the right white noise machine can help you concentrate on the task at hand and not the ruckus your neighbours are cooking up.
5. Lay down some rugs
They aren’t just a good addition for their aesthetics, rugs offer a great way to drown some of that noise. If you own the apartment, then you could spring for some full on carpeting. The great thing about rugs and carpets is that they don’t let the whole world know trying to drown out unwanted noise.