Apartment Soundproofing in New York

Perry Hiiman
February 28, 2019
Apartment Soundproofing in New York


If you live in New York, you likely have neighbors above, below, and next to your home. You’ll most probably have noticed that most apartments are not soundproof. With a population of 9.5 million people, apartment soundproofing in NYC has never been more critical; pre-war buildings especially. NYKB, master’s in apartment remodeling, shares some top tips below on how to soundproof an apartment and bring some calm and quiet to your home.

TIP #1 Soundproof your Apartment Floor

If you’re wondering how to reduce noise between floors in apartment buildings, then choosing the right type of flooring for your apartment is essential. If you find yourself interrupted by noise from downstairs, you may want to consider professionally soundproofing your floors. (This process is similar to soundproofing an apartment ceiling) For further sound reduction, you can install a layer of drywall between the floor and the carpet.

TIP #2: Soundproof your Apartment Door

NYKB explains apartment soundproofing the door

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

TIP #3: Soundproofing Apartment Walls

NYKB explains apartment soundproofing the walls

Properly insulated walls with loosely packed fiber provide 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: Soundproof Windows in NYC

NYKB explains apartment soundproofing the windows

Sound traveling around a room will bounce off hard surfaces and be absorbed by soft ones. To effectively block out the noise coming through your windows, you can install window inserts or apply materials such as cotton, felt, or foam directly to walls, ceilings, furniture, room dividers, and doors.. Adding more pieces of upholstered furniture will also help to absorb the noise.

TIP #5: Soundproof Through Home Decor

NYKB explains apartment soundproofing through home decor

Simple decor touches can go a long way towards soundproofing an NYC apartment. Touching up your interior design with padded area rugs, plants, heavy drapes, soft furnishings, and fabric wall hangings are just some sound-absorbing suggestions you can implement in any room. 

Improve Apartment Soundproofing in NYC

At NYKB, we handle every detail of your bathroom, kitchen or full home remodel. We can ensure quality apartment soundproofing installation, resulting in a noise-free and relaxing home environment. With over 20 years of experience improving homes in New York, we at NYKB have what it takes to make your home perfect for your needs.Contact us today to find out more or to book your free consultation.

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 Manhattan, 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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