Home Design Ideas: How to Make Your Apartment Noise-Proof

Posted by Staff Reporter (media@realtytoday.com) on May 06, 2016 06:20 AM EDT
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 16: Taylor Jones, a museum intern, shows a 325-square-foot apartment at the Museum of the City of New York on August 16, 2013 in New York City. The exhibit, called 'Making Room', was inspired by a contest to design micro-apartments to help ease the affordable housing shortage. Two interns a night get an opportunity to stay in the apartment, designed by Resource Furniture and located inside the museum and then show it to visitors the next day. A new report by the office of Brooklyn Democrat and housing expert Brad Lander, a City Councilman, found that less than 2 percent of all apartments developed in the city since 2005 were deemed affordable housing. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched 'Inclusionary Housing Program' eight years ago in an attempt to get developers to to build larger and taller as long as they also set aside a portion of their apartments for low- to middle-income tenants. (Photo : Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Apartment living has its ups and downs. The most widely common problem in living in an apartment is the noise.  Thankfully, there are ways to combat unwanted noise and make your place as calm as it can be. Here are some of the best tips from interior designers, contractors, and real estate agents on how you can soundproof your condo, as reported by Trulia:

An empty apartment is noisy

It's the golden rule in soundproofing, and this means that you have to fill your space to help absorb sound. Proper placement is important in this step. Case in point, if the source of the noise is your adjacent neighbor that you share a wall with, interior designer Brianna Weymouth of Weymouth I+D proposes that you put a large piece of furniture, for example, a bookshelf or a dresser that will help break and absorb the noise.

It's about the acoustics

Acoustic tiles may likewise be your answer, and there are stylish panels and tiles that you can use to line your ceilings or walls without making them look dull. These tiles can be made of wood wool, cement, cardboard, or even recycled paper. These basic materials and their ability to wipe out sound make for a perfect approach to soundproof as well as brighten your space.

Try using a magic carpet

Padding the floors with rugs has been proven to keep footsteps, pets, and baffling sounds to a minimum. Truth be told, some lease terms even require a certain percentage of carpeting to cushion the floors and soften the sounds of paws and feet.

Include a window dressing

Windows play an essential function to sounds that come in and out of your loft unit. What's more, in the event that you need to minimize the amount of sound that go through your space, Georgeson and Weymouth the use of heavy drapes, for example, elegant velvet or a more utilitarian duck cloth for maximum insulation.

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