Follow these easy tips to learn to block noise from crowded streets, noisy neighbors or other apartments.
Tip 1: Employ a Friend
First, test your door or walls with a friend to determine how soundproof things really are. Have your friend stand on the other side of the door or wall and make all kinds of different noises. How much sound is leaking through? This will give you an idea of the steps you need to take.
Tip 2: Inspect the Door
Next, visually inspect your doors. Wait until dark and turn the lights off in your house or apartment. Can you see light coming in from the outside? Focus your soundproofing efforts on any large gaps beneath or around your doors.
Tip 3: Protect from Drafts
Buy draft guards (or make them) to block any gaps between your doors and the floor. These sleeves deaden sound with special materials designed to block noise from traveling into your home from under the door. Some models of draft guards have 2 guards, one on each side of the door, which is especially useful in blocking noise.
Tip 4: Soundproof with Tape
Buy special soundproofing tape or rubberized types of weather stripping that will allow you to better seal your frame of your door. This will seal the gaps between the door and the door frame. You can stick the stripping or tape on the inside of your door frame, making installation relatively discrete. Since the tape and weather stripping material are self-sticking, they are also easy to remove as needed.
If you live in an apartment or strictly regulated community, ask permission from your rental agent or your landlord before you do this.
Tip 5: Install a Sill
If you don't already have one, consider installing a semi-permanent type of threshold or sill under your door frame. These are anchored by screws, however, so ask permission before installation.
There are a number of different ways by which you can block noise to your apartment or home. All of these methods can be combined, or they can be implemented one by one until you achieve the desired amount of sound blockage. Keep this in mind next time your neighbors are having a loud party outside or across the hall.