How to block sound from a neighbor's apartment

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How to block sound from a neighbor's apartment
Noisy neighbours can make apartment living difficult. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Dealing with a noisy neighbour can be challenging, despite how happy you may be in your apartment. Before going to extreme measures to block out the sound coming from a shared wall or across the hallway, it may be helpful to speak to the neighbour about the noise issue. You might be able to work out a compromise if you approach the subject delicately and tactfully. If you ask the neighbour to keep the noise down but the situation doesn't improve, try a few different strategies in order to make the living situation more tolerable.

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    Move bookcases or furniture near the wall or walls where noise is coming through. A heavy or wide bookshelf, couches or other furniture pieces can help muffle and absorb sounds like talking, music or ringing phones.

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    Add heavy drapes to your windows and upholstery or carpet on the walls, if possible. If you have hardwood floors or tile, consider replacing it with carpet. Fabric can do a great deal to reduce sound and muffle noise from the neighbours. Use rugs in hallways or rooms to add more of a sound barrier.

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    Add plywood panels to the walls where noise is coming in. Put fiberfill on the front and back of the panels. Cover them with some hanging fabric or drapes. The extra layer can add a significant sound buffer between shared walls.

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    Look into using deadening board sheets on the walls. These can be bought at home supply stores and sometimes even custom designed in colours. This option might be a bit more complicated, but it can generally be done in a few hours without hiring a professional.

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    Use a white noise machine or fans to block out minor disturbances or to muffle noise while sleeping. White noise machines can be found at most home supply stores and tend to provide a quiet buffer to noises like talking or footsteps.

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