How to Soundproof Your Room or Apartment

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    Soundproofing Hacks for Rooms and Apartments

    Whether it's squealing garbage trucks, blaring car stereos, or the annoying clickety-clack of high heels overhead that's making life at home maddening, you're not alone. For many apartment dwellers, disturbing and unwanted noise is a fact of life.

    The good news? You can turn up the quiet inside your abode whether you own or rent, no matter your budget.

    Here are the best soundproofing hacks for rooms and apartments.

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    Weatherproof Your Front Door

    Do you hear every conversation spoken in the building hallway from the comfort of your sofa? You got intruding noise problems. Sealing the air leaks around your front door will quiet the chatter.

    Got a large gap under your apartment door? Add a door sweep. Yours truly installed two: One on the outside and a second on the inside for extra soundproofing. Both are commercial grade with thick rubber seals that keep out dust, bugs, drafts, moisture, as well as noise. Afterward, I sealed the air links around the doorjamb with foam weather stripping.

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    Door Curtains

    Door Curtains
    Deirdre Sullivan

    The final step was adding blackout curtains over the front entrance. When closed they absorb any noise that leaks through the door.

    Related: This Makeover Fakes a Beautiful and Functional Entryway

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    Easy Way to Soundproof a Bedroom Door

    When you're a musician and the mother of two toddlers like Chelsea, the mommy blogger behind Staying Steyn, you pick up a few soundproofing tricks. When her family is living loud in the living room, she uses a draft blocker to keep the peace in her bedroom.

    Related: 13 DIY Murphy Bed Projects For Every Budget


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    How to Reduce Reflecting Noise

    Noise ricochets off hard surfaces, which can make annoying sounds even louder. The good news is you can reduce the clamor with strategically placed textiles.

    The idea is to cover bare walls, and even ceilings with something soft, so sounds like voices, barking or even the commotion created by a running vacuum cleaner won't reflect.

    Here, a shag rug on the ceiling and rubber textile mats on the walls softens annoying noise within the apartment while also absorbing racket from the adjacent units.

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    Get a Thick Rug Pad

    Rug Pads USA

    You probably know that nothing muffles pesky sounds in a high-traffic area like a carpet. So it makes sense if you have wood floors, to thrown down a thick rug. But here's a little-known tip: Slipping a density rug pad underneath it will boost your rug's noise squashing potential.

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    Muffle Sounds With a Bookcase


    Got a thin wall? Adding an epic faux built-in like this one is a sneaky trick that will muffle noise from the apartment next door.

    Related: 23 Ingenious IKEA BILLY Bookcase Hacks

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    Hanging a Rug on the Wall

    Scad Pad

    Hanging a thick, shaggy rug on a thin wall will also tone done noises.

    Related: 12 Perfect Studio Apartment Layouts to Inspire

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    Acoustic Panels

    Residential Acoustics

    Acoustic panels are available as boards or fabrics that you hang on walls. While most types are designed to stop noise from bouncing off hard surfaces, others are very effective at blocking racket from entering a room or window. Residential Acoustics creates solutions for the latter.

    Their AcousticDoor is a retractable panel designed to slash the amount of noise that transmits through an entrance, like your bedroom door, by 30 dB. How does it work? Inside each panel is a dense 25-pound core made up of sound muffling materials.

    Related: The Best IKEA Storage Hacks and Products for Small Bedrooms

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    Soundproof Curtains

    Residential Acoustics Window Curtain
    Residential Acoustics

    Residential Acoustics also makes two types of heavy duty window dressings that will prevent outside noises from ruining your beauty sleep. Shown here is the AcousticCurtain. I got one, and while it works like a dream, it takes a little muscle to open and close the 15-pound curtain. For those who aren't interested in breaking a sweat, there's the AcousticTrac made by the same company. The noise-absorbing curtain glides along a track for easy opening and closing.

    Related: 24 Smart and Stylish Ways to Decorate Empty Corners

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    Window Inserts

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    Indow Windows

    If you're looking to block outside noise but not the view from your apartment, consider window inserts. They are clear panes of glass or acrylic that you install over your existing windows. They're designed to create an airtight seal that reduces outside noise by 50 percent or more. The ones that quickly pop out when not needed are renter friendly. To get the gist, watch this video by Indows.

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