If you live in an apartment, you may hear the people above you constantly playing music, hear a dog barking a lot, a baby crying all the time, or the people in the apartment may be fighting constantly. The same thing goes if you live in a home. You may have a teenager that loves to play music loud, or one of your children practices their musical instrument. No matter where the noise is coming from, you can sound everything out so you can have some peace. Below are four ways you can do this.
Sound Dampening Materials
One of the best ways you can put a lid on the noise is to use sound dampening materials. There are several companies that manufacture formulated drywall. This type of drywall turns acoustic vibrations, such as from stereo speakers, into heat. When purchasing this drywall, they come in different strengths. For example, one will block out more sound than another. The salesperson can help you choose the drywall that is best for your needs.
Hang heavy drapes and panels, which will absorb noise coming from outside sources, as well as inside your home. You can also find acoustic drapes and panels for even more noise reduction. You can find these in many styles and colors, so you will have no problem finding drapes and panels that go well with the décor of your home.
If you do not want to purchase new drapes, purchase only panels to use with your current drapes. You can also hang a nice quilt on your wall to make your home even more soundproof.
The best way to block out noise coming from above you is by having a drop ceiling. You can hire a contractor to install this ceiling for you. You can drop your ceiling yourself if you have the skills and you want to save money.
To give you even more soundproof ceilings, use two pieces of drywall trim with the specialized glue between them. Tape any seams on the drop ceiling to prevent sound from leaking out.
Doors and Windows
If you have any doors in your home that have a hollow core, replace them with solid core doors. Install weather stripping around the door frames. While you are doing this, check the weather stripping around all of your windows, and replace any that is worn or cracked. If it is in your budget, you can replace the windows in your home with soundproof windows.
You should also make sure your walls are well insulated, which will also reduce some of the noise you are hearing.Share