Tips on Apartment Soundproofing for New Yorkers

Perry Hiiman
February 28, 2019
Tips on Apartment Soundproofing for New Yorkers

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Most New Yorkers have neighbors right above, below and next to them – noise can be a problem. Everyone knows New York is crowded, but how crowded you may ask? According to the last census the population, New York City has reached a record high of 8.6 million–that’s a 5.5% climb since 2010. Apartment soundproofing in NYC has never been more critical; pre-war buildings especially. Sound travels on air, and any gap you can see the light through will also let sound through. Below are some ideas to consider when concerned about hearing the New York hustle and bustle while you’re trying to relax in your home.


TIP #1: Floors

Choosing the right floor materials. If your problem is the noise coming from downstairs, then you will need to soundproof the floor. Soundproofing the floor is just as easy as doing the same for the ceiling. … For even better sound deadening, you can decide to have a layer of drywall installed between the floor and the carpet.


TIP #2: Gap Under Door

If you have a large gap under your apartment door, add a door sweep. Use a commercial-grade sweep with a thick rubber strip that seals against the threshold. This will also help keep out dust, bugs, drafts, as well as noise.


TIP #3: Properly Insulated Walls

Properly insulated walls with loosely packed fiber provides excellent sound absorption, which is a factor in soundproofing, albeit a minor one. Standard fiberglass insulation is as effective as mineral wool, and much less costly. Foams give great thermal insulation but are poor for soundproofing.


TIP #4: Block Outside Noise coming through Windows

Sound traveling around a room will bounce off hard surfaces and be absorbed by soft ones. Apply materials like cotton, felt, or foam directly to walls, ceilings, furniture, room dividers, and doors to help absorb sound. Adding more pieces of upholstered furniture will also help.


TIP #5: Decor

Padded Area rugs; Plants can help reduce noise; Heavy drapes; Soft furnishings; Wall hangings…

try some of these techniques to soundproof a room using home decor.


As always we would love to hear from you! Share your tips and photos in the comments below. If you have any questions about your next renovation, please free to email us at or better yet give us a call at 212-242-3500. As always we encourage you to visit our showroom in the Flat Iron District, our address is 8 W25th St. New York, NY 10010; there you will find a variety of different kitchen and baths set up for your inspiration.

The goal of renovation and remodeling is to ensure satisfaction upon completion of your project. Construction can be very frustrating, and without a professional contractor, things can go wrong.

About Author

Perry Hiiman

Perry Hiiman was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He planted his roots in Manhatten, New York in 1992. A few years later, Perry met his wife and had three lovely daughters. Perry has always been excited about home improvement and design. He has been in the service industry for over 25 years. Perry and his partner founded New York Kitchen and Bath in 2001. They pioneered the One Stop Shop concept of home improvement and design firms. In addition, Perry is a New York State licensed contractor, OSHA certified, and a New York State licensed mold assessor. He specializes in custom design and is genuinely passionate about what he does—bringing people’s dream projects to life.
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