Author Topic: Sound of doors closing in downstairs apt coming through bedroom floor  (Read 742 times)

HalfwayAmish

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Hello, I'm brand new here, and very grateful for any solutions people could provide because I'm the lightest sleeper on Earth!  I had no problems in my top floor apt for months, but then as soon as this new tenant moved in downstairs, I'm hearing doors closing constantly at all hours, coming through the floor into my bedroom.  Even though I sleep with earplugs and a fan, the noise is jarring enough that it still wakes me up.  My bedroom has 2 closet doors, the bedroom door itself, and then there's a bathroom door just outside.  And it gets very humid where I live, so the doors don't always close easily.  Assuming her apt is laid out the same as mine, I think she's forcing those four doors to shut without realizing how it echoes upstairs.  Since it's a rental, it's not like I can rip up the hardwood floors or something, but what else would you recommend?  Should I be lining the floors in the closet with acoustic panels?  I guess I could also carpet the bedroom floor and put another layer of soundproofing under the carpet.  Any advice is appreciated, though my budget on this isn't endless of course.  Thanks!

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Re: Sound of doors closing in downstairs apt coming through bedroom floor
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2016, 03:31:08 PM »
This is a structural impact problem, which is normally best dealt with at the source. Sound vibration through the structure will remit at any area of least resistance. Therefore treating your floors will only make the walls remit the sound of the doors slamming below.
if she has swelling of the doors as well you might not be able to do anything to reduce this problem.

normally the solution is rubber or foam bumpers on cupboards, drawers and door jambs. Smooth operating door could accommodate automatic door closer.

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