Asked on Jul 13, 2018

I have an original PRESSED tin CEILING i three rooms of my apartment



I need quick easy soundproofing from noisy neighbors
q i have an original pressed tin ceiling i three rooms of my apartment
8 answers
  • V Smith
    on Jul 14, 2018

    Bummer. There really is no way to block the noise without blocking the view of your cieling. Sound proofing is a barrier. It might help some if you put soft thing in the upper part of the room. Maybe padded valances and plants would help.

  • LibraryKAT
    on Jul 14, 2018

    I don't know if it can be done without damaging the ceilings. You have a few inches below the tin, before the first molding for a drop ceiling (talk to landlord) or perhaps some fabric baffles that could be hung from hooks or command strips. Please post a photo of your finished project. Good luck!

  • Patricia Probasco
    on Jul 14, 2018

    I would look into electronics. They have remarkable things out there. It may not stop the noise, but change it.
  • Robyn Garner
    on Jul 15, 2018

    If upstairs footsteps are a problem, check with the neighbor or your landlord about laying down carpet or an area rug to cut down on noise. Some cities require a percentage of the floor be covered, and a co-op board or landlord will usually authorize this. In New York City, for example, the rule is 80 percent.

    Because wall hangings and tapestries are porous, they can absorb sound. Try hanging these across the ceiling!

    heavy drapes — fabrics such as elegant heavy velvet or a more utilitarian duck cloth to maximize the insulation no matter what decor vibe you’re going for. Try hanging these across the ceiling.

    Canvas wall art can also help absorb sound; consider adding a layer of foam to the hollow inside for extra buffer. You can try hanging these from the ceiling so the art is visible looking up!

    Apparently there are also "acoustic light fixtures" that claim to absorb sound. They are extremely expensive and I didn't find any info how to DIY them.

    If it were me, I think I'd start with the canvas art and various tapestries/wall hangings, and/or curtain fabrics to drape across the ceiling. You can get these things pretty cheap by searching around. Good luck!

  • JoLeen Bolton
    on Jul 16, 2018

    Your ceilings are awesome! I can't imagine covering them with anything. Good luck finding a solution!

  • DD
    on Jul 18, 2018

    I would check with the landlord and call in a company that does insulation maybe they can blow in insulation between the ceiling and the floor above

    Good luck

  • Oliva
    on Jul 18, 2018

    Cork is a very good sound absorber, but it could not be attached to your rental ceilings. Fabrics in draperies, furniture may mitigate some sound, as will rugs, but with a tin ceiling, it's virtually impossible to stop sound transmission. Talk to the landlord about "peaceable enjoyment in your apartment", but first check the fine print in your lease agreement.

  • Mau33536443
    on Jul 18, 2018

    Thanks for the advice ! Cheers!

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