New York City is known as the city that never sleeps, which highlights the importance of soundproofing your apartment from daily activity both indoors and out. The first step of creating a happy home in your Glenwood apartment is to maintain a calm environment to unwind at the end of the day. To tune out sounds of daily hustle and bustle, we’d like to pass along these 5 soundproofing tips to our Manhattan neighbors!
If you’re looking to lessen the amount of sound that travels from room to room in your apartment, hanging a variety of wall decor can help, by creating layers. While it’s important to check with your building manager on what types of cosmetic changes can be made to your apartment, the following ideas are quick, removable, and minimize damage to walls:
Not only do area rugs help to warm up your apartment floors, protect hardwood, and tie together room decor – they also muffle noise below your unit! Area rugs come in a variety of sizes to fit spacious living rooms of The Bamford and Hampton Court, and can often be custom cut for front entryways.
Leases in Glenwood buildings (and, indeed, in much of NYC) require tenants to cover 80% of their floors with area rugs for just this reason.
A Helpful Tip: Go for carpets with a “high pile” design to capture the patter of footsteps.
If you’d like to add a touch of sophistication to your apartment’s decor and gain additional storage space, bookcases are the way to go! Bookcases and bureaus of any size can help insulate walls between rooms, especially if you add your collection of books to the shelves. We recommend placing these pieces of furniture in formal dining rooms, living rooms, entryways, and bedrooms.
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Did you know that hard surfaces like wood and glass can amplify sounds? Think about it… before you move your furniture in, aren’t sounds amplified, and have an echo when the rooms are empty? To tune out honking horns and car stereos on the streets of New York, adding soft surfaces like cotton, foam, and felt help absorb sound. Adding a few indoor houseplants to sparse areas of your home, and fluffy throw pillows to living quarters, and setting up a portable room divider also absorbs noise. Upholstered furniture, including side chairs, ottomans, benches, etc. will all help absorb some of the noise.
It’s no secret that Glenwood apartments on the East Side of Manhattan boast beautiful views of the East River. But what may come as a surprise is that you don’t need to sacrifice these views for peace and quiet. Hanging thick curtains or drapes can help with this, and here’s what to keep in mind:
Whether your apartment is on the 2nd floor or the 22nd, how do you soundproof your apartment from New York City’s activity below? Share your ideas with us on Facebook and Twitter!