Living in Flats – How to dull the noise that you make

There are plenty of great reasons to live in a flat; they are a cheaper accommodation and are a great way to get on the property ladder. They also have a real sense of community living as you always have your neighbours close by.

Whilst there are plenty of great things about living in a flat, there is one negative that you need to consider – the noise. As you move around your flat, you will make noise, even if you don’t realise it. However, if you think about how much noise you can hear when someone else walks or does lots of other things in their flat, you can see just how loud it can be.

The good news is that there are lots of things that you can do to try and reduce the noise level of your everyday life when you are in a flat.

Here are some of the main ways to dull the noise you make whilst living in flats.

Look at your door

One of the simplest ways to soundproof your flat is to look at your front door. This is especially true if you have gaps in, under and around the door and its frame. If there is a large gap, this will not only let in the cold air but also let the sound in and out.

Sealing these leaks is a great way to stop this from happening or, at the very least, reduce the amount of noise that sneaks out. The easiest way to do this is to add a door seal; these could be a furry doorstop or perhaps just a seal against the threshold.

Add a curtain

You may generally see curtains on your windows, but you need to look at door curtains instead when it comes to soundproofing a flat.

Not only will they look great and add colour or texture to your room, but they also absorb any noise that might otherwise leak through the door.

Get yourself a rug

If you have hard floors installed in your flat, such as tiles or laminate, you will find that this increases the amount of noise that can be heard. You may not want to switch to a carpet, but the alternative is to treat yourself to a nice thick rug.

Not only will this go a long way to muffling the sounds from you walking around your flat, but they also add some warmth to your space too.

As you can see, there are lots of things that you can do to try and reduce the amount of noise heard from your flat. The main thing to do is to try and be considerate to your neighbours and think about how you can make changes to ensure that their time at home is as noise-free as possible.