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

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Dealing with the noise levels from your noisy neighbours can be pretty challenging. I mean, it always seems like they either wait for you to come home or get to bed to start disturbing your peace and quiet with their loud music and unnecessary arguments. Now that many of us have begun working from home, protecting your only safe space from external noise is especially important.

In this article, we explore five soundproofing home improvements you can do to maintain peace and quiet and ensure maximum productivity in your home office.

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. Work on the windows and doors

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. 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!

5. And 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!

Live in an HDB flat and have a neighbour that won't stop giving you trouble? Find out what you can do (no it doesn't involve hacking an axe through their door). 

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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. 

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