Have you ever moved into a new apartment or home only to discover that the walls are incredibly thin? When that happens, your whole quality of life can decline very quickly due to the noises of your neighbors. I once lived in an apartment in Dallas a few years ago where I could hear every little thing that went on in the three surrounding apartments. I knew what time they got up, when they were playing video games, when they were cooking, when they were showering, when they were doing intimate things…you get the picture. To make matters worse, I was on a different sleeping schedule than them due to my odd working hours, which meant that I was constantly getting woken up while sleeping!
For a while I tried to go to bed with some noise cancelling ear plugs for sleeping in my ears. And while those are actually pretty effective for blocking out noises, it just was not the solution that I was looking for at the time.
Tips on Soundproofing Your Bedroom When You Rent
Since I was renting the apartment, there was only so much that I could do to the place to give it better soundproofing, but if you are also in an apartment or other type of rental then you might get some good use out of these tips.
- Cover your walls with thick blankets or memory foam pieces to insulate them better so that the sound is blocked
- Hang up noise cancelling curtains on the windows since most rentals have thin single-pane glass (you may need to double up on the curtains)
- Place furniture along the walls where the most sounds come through as it will also insulate you from those noises
- Cover all non-carpeted floors with rugs to reduce the reverb
- Consider using a fan or noise cancelling machine when sleeping to block out unwanted noises
Tips on Soundproofing Your Bedroom When You Own The Home
As a homeowner, you are able to do so much more to the place when it comes to soundproofing. It is not uncommon to purchase a home and discover that its walls are poorly insulated for sound. The good news is that you can certainly fix the problem if you do not mind doing a little extra work to get that peaceful oasis that you dreamed of when you bought the home.
- Paint the walls with special soundproofing paint to reduce noises
- Install some soundproof paneling on the walls where sound seems to be coming into the home
- Replace all windows with some that have thicker glass for better soundproofing
- Use soundproofing drywall if you are doing a complete renovation or addition to the home
With these tips, you can get your home, and especially your bedroom, to a noise level that is better for sleeping. And, you’ll avoid experiencing an apartment experience like the guy in the video below.Advertisement: