Whether it's loud neighbors, buzzing pests or even a snoring roommate, annoying nighttime sounds can make your evening a sleepless one. If you're having trouble catching some shuteye because of distracting and disrupting noises, we feel your pain. And since we know how important it is get a good night's sleep, we've put together a list of clever yet practical ways to block out noise and help you get your beauty rest.
Here are our favorite tips and tricks:
Move Your Furniture
Believe it or not, where you place your furniture can play a great deal into how much noise you hear from the apartment next door or even the home nearby. For instance, placing a thick bookcase against the wall can help muffle noise. Or, if you are aware that your neighbor's living room is right next door to your bedroom, then placing your bed against a wall further away will help.
Acoustic tiles are the most design-savvy solution to sound disturbances we've come across. These from MIO are designed specifically to diffuse sound and can be installed temporarily with double-sided tape, or permanently with wallpaper paste.
Sound machines are helpful in not only drowning out noise, but soothing you to sleep. Whether it is listening to ocean surf or white noise, we think any choice is better than honking horns or sirens.
Insulate Your Floor
If you're living in an apartment, then your best option for floor insulation is carpeting (if the landlord allows it). If not, try a large, thick area rug. This will muffle sounds coming from below. If you own the space, then you can actually insulate the floor below the base boards, which will do wonders for blocking out noises coming from the neighbors below. Installation can be tricky, so it's best to tackle with a handy friend or hire a professional.
If you layer your windows with thick curtains,, it will help add an insulating buffer between the window and you. This is a very simple and quick fix.
Seal Gaps In Windows And Doors
The gaps in an old window can let in a draft... and every sound nearby. To seal your windows, use a window and door insulating foam like Great Stuff, From Lowe's. Plus, it will not harm your window frames or sill, so it's definitely worth a shot.
For more about this sealant, visit Lowe's.