10 Ways to Soundproof and Absorb Noise in Your Apartment

March 22, 2023
Learn from the Staff at Autumn Park Apartments at Medford

We all want our privacy whether living in an apartment. Below, Autumn Park Apartment staff will give you some ideas that can help soundproof your apartment as well as ideas on sound absorption, so your privacy is protected and YOU’RE not that annoying neighbor.

First, let’s differentiate between soundproofing and sound absorption.


What is soundproofing for apartments?

Soundproofing for apartments refers to reducing the amount of sound transmission between different units or rooms within a building to create a more peaceful and comfortable living environment. Apartment living often involves proximity to neighbors and shared walls, floors, and ceilings, which can result in unwanted noise disturbances. Soundproofing solutions can help to minimize this noise pollution and create a more enjoyable living space.

Soundproofing for apartments aims to prevent sound from entering or exiting a room or unit by eliminating or reducing vibrations. Soundproofing can be achieved through various methods, such as adding sound-absorbing materials, sealing gaps and cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings, and using heavy curtains or drapes to block sound. By implementing these solutions, apartment dwellers can enjoy greater privacy and peace of mind while respecting their neighbors’ needs and privacy.

What is sound absorption?

Sound absorption focuses on improving the acoustic quality of the room itself. This can be particularly important in apartment living, where hard surfaces like walls, floors, and ceilings can contribute to sound reflections and amplify noise.

Sound absorption solutions can include adding sound-absorbing materials like acoustic panels or foam, using rugs or carpets to reduce echoes, and incorporating soft furnishings like curtains or drapes. These solutions work by absorbing sound waves within the room, reducing the amount of reflected noise, and creating a more comfortable and peaceful environment. By incorporating sound absorption techniques into their apartments, residents can enjoy a quieter, more comfortable living space and reduce the impact of noise disturbances from neighboring units.

How to Soundproof An Apartment:10 Steps to Reduce Apartment Noise

  1. Noise tends to reflect off hard surfaces like walls, floors, and ceilings. This will add to the noise in a room. Cover walls and even ceilings with something soft to reduce sound reflection so that voices, barking and other noises won’t reflect. A shag rug softens noise and absorbs sounds.
  2. You obviously don’t want to clutter any area but furniture, rugs, and blankets all absorb sound. They cut down on amplified noises and echoes.
  3. A noise machine can an effective tool for apartment noise reduction. Use a standing fan to create a humming noise.
  4. The key to soundproofing your walls is to reduce vibrations from music. Put foam around the item causing noise such as your speaker so your neighbor won’t hear the vibration.
  5. One of the best ways to muffle sound is with a carpet. Putting a high-pile rug down with a thick rug pad Mass-loaded vinyl is a very effective tool for soundproofing underneath rugs. It can also be hung behind shelves. It’s not very pretty, so you definitely don’t want it visible.
  6. Bookshelves filled with books and decor can act as soundproofing on shared walls.
  7. Door and window frame weatherproofing will not only cut down on utility costs but will also reduce noise leaks. Use a draft stopper or door sweep which is a snakelike, cloth tube sometimes filled with things like rice or beans, and lay it across the bottom of the front door and bedroom door. Seal along the sides and top of the door with foam weatherstripping if the door doesn’t close tightly.
  8. Some hardware stores sell the noise-reducing tape to seal gaps around your windows to block outside noise.
  9. Along with the draft stopper and noise-reducing tape, Soundproof curtains can help if the noise is coming from outside.
  10. AcousticDoor from Residential Acoustics is a retractable panel densely filled with a 25-pound core made up of sound-absorbing materials. It can reduce noise coming through a door by as much as 30 decibels.
  11. Lastly, when your neighbor has his college buds over, pour yourself a glass of wine, put your earbuds in your ears, and listen to your favorite tunes for the night.


If you’re unhappy in your current complex,  Autumn Park Apartments at Medford has spacious and NEW apartments that were built with high-quality building materials, making noise from next door a thing of the past. Contact us today for a tour.