Here at HuffPost Home, we're big believers in the power of a good night's sleep. But getting shuteye isn't always easy, especially if your beauty rest is constantly interrupted by loud neighbors, a snoring roommate or other annoying nighttime sounds. And since moving out of your home or apartment isn't exactly a viable choice for many, we've put together a list of noise reducing ideas to block out loud sounds at home so you can rest easily. Click through and share your noise pollution story.
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.
When weather permits, using a box fan, an air conditioner or space heater will help drown out noise. This will be helpful to those who aren't bothered by the hum from fans or heaters.
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.
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.
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
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