Have you ever wondered why you’re always late for work and always seems stressed out? Did you ever ask yourself where those black rings and eyebags came from? If you’re living independently in a rented apartment, you might not notice these things but you’re constant loss of sleep due to a noisy neighboring unit or the sound of passing trucks during midnight rousing you from sleep are the roots of your malady. Don’t wait until you’re fired for frequent tardiness or you end up in a hospital bed for breaking down; it’s high time for you to consider apartment soundproofing.
Don’t ever think that apartment soundproofing is a trivial luxury that is just a whim for many. If it’s the cause of bringing back your restful evenings and assuring you of your health, then it becomes a necessity.
With just a little money to spare, you can already soundproof your modest apartment. You can do the entire project yourself or ask for the help of some friends and family. By saving enough money or applying for a minor loan to finance your soundproofing project, you will be free to decide how you are going to accomplish the task and get started right away.
Initially, have at least some sort of a plan. A list of the things to do, spaces to work on, and possible materials needed would come in handy later on. Conduct a canvass of the different soundproofing materials that you can use. You can either call the store via phone or you can go to their warehouse personally to inspect the materials. You can even ask for advice and other product options from store attendants. After you have decided on the materials and firmed up the steps to take, then you may begin the actual job. If you have no idea how to do soundproofing, it would help to consult an expert or someone who already had experience on this stuff to guide you.
Drop-in ceiling tiles are affordable and can be used on ceilings and walls for soundproofing, but they don’t really produce the best result. So instead, use it with a cement panel such as the popular Wonderboard, or Masonite board if you’re a little short on the budget. They do cost slightly higher but their effect will boost the soundproofing qualities of your apartment tenfold.
Yes, you can still use anything from egg crates to other types of wall panels such as wood drywall for your apartment soundproofing. It depends on your predilection, how much you are willing to spend and the seriousness of your noise problem. Acoustical drapes on your windows will help reduce traffic noise just as soundproofing your door and installing insulating mats on your floor will dampen distressing noises from the other apartment units in the building.
If you really value quietness and if you’re determined to block off those noises that annoy you and robs you of your sleep, then apartment soundproofing should be your primary course of action.