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5 Tips for Soundproofing Your Home From Noisy Neighbours for Better Work Productivity

PropertyGuru Editorial Team
Unless you’re a musician, the thought of soundproofing a room or house in Singapore is rarely entertained. This is because we think about keeping our noise in, rather than keeping the noise out.
But with work from home being the current default, it’s safe to assume that living in a peaceful environment is now a priority for the most of us. Maintaining that serenity in the home can be a real challenge, especially if you’re dealing with noisy neighbours or living near active construction sites – external activities beyond our control.
In this article, we will be exploring some of the ways you can soundproof your home to control the level of sound penetrating through your walls (and in some cases, ceiling and floor).
Soundproof the walls Create a sound-absorbing wall with acoustic foams and panels that are designed to increase air resistance around
Soundproof windows and doorways Sealing spaces between your door and the floor or any cracks on the window frames
Install bass traps Use bass traps to dampen the music sound from your neighbour upstairs and silence nearby construction noise and road noise
Soundproof the ceiling Add a drop ceiling to your existing ceiling to block partying sounds from upstairs neighbour
Soundproof the floor Install carpet padding to block sounds from your downstairs neighbour

1. Soundproof the Walls

Sound transfer between walls is probably the major source of neighbour noise. The next time you are doing home remodelling, be sure to set aside a budget for a sound-absorbing wall. You can create a soundproof wall using acoustic foams and panels which are designed to increase air resistance around them, which in turn helps to lower the amplitude of the sound that leaks from the neighbour’s house.
Another method of soundproofing a wall is to increase the thickness of your shared wall by adding drywall. The good thing about drywall is that it’s something you can do on your own.

2. Soundproof Windows and Doorways

External noise can also creep in through your doors and windows, often guilty of leaking in footsteps coming from the shared corridor, phone conversations, or children playing outside.
Sealing even the tiniest of spaces between your door and the floor or any cracks on the window frames will ensure your space is quiet. You may also invest in soundproofing curtains and blankets, which are dense enough to absorb sounds and vibrations.

3. Install Bass Traps

If your neighbour loves playing loud music, bass traps will help you dampen the bass sound. There’s nothing worse than not getting a good night’s rest, which will be sure to negatively impact your focus the next day.
Bass traps are designed to capture the unwanted noises that leak into a house through shared walls. Bass traps are affordable and easy to install.
Considering they absorb low-frequency noise and vibration; bass traps can also silence nearby construction noise pollution or cars if you live near the main road.

4. Soundproof the Ceiling

If your upstairs neighbour hosts house parties a lot, must include the ceiling. One way of achieving that is by adding a drop ceiling to your existing ceiling as you did with the drywall. The space between the existing ceiling and the new drop ceiling creates an air space that isolates and then dampens the incoming noise.
For full proof results, you can add an acoustical mat in between the acoustic layers and the existing drywall. No more losing focus because of noise!
We’ve heard of people installing ceiling thumpers to ‘communicate’ with their neighbours above. While this could be one effective way in letting your displeasure be known… we recommend a less aggressive way in dealing with these situations!

5. Soundproof the Floor

The noise from downstairs or within the house can affect your productivity, coming in from the floor. To keep this noise at bay, start by carpeting the entire floor, with your landlord’s permission, of course.
Reinforce that by adding carpet padding to the existing carpets, or installing a new, sufficiently padded carpet. Lastly, place fluffy rugs around the house, they look good and absorb sound!

Conclusion

There we have it! Following the guide above will help you effectively soundproof your home for maximum peace and productivity. You can achieve your tranquil goals using any one of these methods, but it is better to try implementing several of them together for the best results. Stay focused and be well!

More FAQs Related to Soundproofing A Home in Singapore:

How much does it cost to soundproof a room in Singapore?

You can expect to spend between $300-600, depending on the materials used and workmanship.

How can I soundproof a room cheaply?

Use heavy curtains or drapes for your windows. While they will not keep the sound out entirely, they will definitely help reduce the noise coming in.

Can I call the police for a noise complaint?

Yes, you may do so, especially if situation gets out of hand. Read here on how to deal with noisy neighbours, especially if you’re living in a HDB.
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This article was written by Amelia Frank, she is an architect with 7 years of experience. And she does hope to share her knowledge and experience with the audience of PropertyGuru. When she’s not writing, she’s usually baking up a storm or checking out a new cafe in town so she can get inspired.