Good Questions: Help Me Soundproof My Rental!

Good Questions: Help Me Soundproof My Rental!

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Rachael Grad
Sep 26, 2008

AT DC,

I've lived on U Street for years and it seems like every week it gets noisier. There's a restaurant downstairs that has karaoke on weeknights and I can hear the off-key singing even with my windows closed. I can also hear the elevators in my small living room and the garbage shoot in my bedroom. This didn't use to bother me because I traveled a lot and my building was mostly empty. But now I'm home more and the building is full. It's especially noisy on weekends (lots of parties on the roof and street noise). I don't want to move because I love the location. How can make my rental quieter?

Please help me get more sleep...
Sleepless on U Street

Dear Sleepless on U Street,

We love U Street too and understand why you wouldn't want to move. Below the jump are some ideas for soundproofing your apartment...

(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first. Email questions and pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: dc(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com)

Ways to make your home quieter:

- add curtains to your windows, fabric wall hangings to your walls, and rugs (to your floors!) to diffuse noise from neighbors and the street

- put rugs/doormats on both sides of your front door. If you want to get serious, install Automatic Door Bottoms that will seal out hall noise

- MIO - Acoustic Weave Wall Tiles diffuse sound and can be painted or drawn on to match your decor

AT posts on soundproofing your home:

- soundproof your windows

- suggestions for soundproofing your ceiling

Readers: have you soundproofed your home? If so, what did you use? Do you know of any soundproofing companies in DC?

[Photos are of U Street but not of the offending karaoke restaurant!]

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