My bedroom is directly under my neighbors living room, he has crazy hours and I find myself waking up constantly. I tried talking to him and he's trying his best but it's just not good enough. What can I do (other than buying a white-noise machine which I did and is helpful but not helpful enough) to reduce noise coming from the top floor neighbor who admittedly walks around as if he weighed 5000 lbs.?
During construction of multi-unit dwellings, we install homasote on top of the subfloor (in the unit above yours). In the ceiling, we will add a layer of insulation. And then before installing the drywall on the ceiling, we would install resilient channel that keeps the drywall from directly contacting the joists.
Your options post construction are very limited unless you want to replace the ceiling. Ear plugs, fans, white noise, etc, may be the best you can do until one of you moves.
Edit: If you have option to rearrange your floor plan, I'd move your bedroom to be under another bedroom instead of a living room.
Well, you aren't entirely out of luck, but post construction soundproofing narrows your options:
- You can buy your loud-walker friend some thick slippers.
- If you have hardwood floors in your room, put down some thick carpet.
- Take your neighbor shopping for thick rugs he can put on his floor directly above yours.
- Cut small holes in the drywall near the ceiling, between the studs. Fill the space between the drywall with cellulose or expandable foam insulation.
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What kind of floors are above? What kind of noise is it?
Some options other than the proper 'install proper acoustically separated ceiling' solution B Mitch suggests would be to maybe get the landlord to upgrade the tenant's floor above. Maybe new carpet with a thicker carpet pad?
Or, turn your bedroom into a day room and invest in a really nice futon/pull out couch for your living room.