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13 Useful Products That'll Help You Deal With Your Noisy Neighbors

"Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" — you to your neighbors, who can't hear you anyway because they're too damn loud!

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1. A pair of noise-reducing curtains designed using a triple-weave blackout fabric that'll help muffle outside noises, block out light, and keep your room cool or warm.

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Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about these curtains. I was delightfully surprised just by how nice they feel and look for a blackout/noise-reducing solution. The blackout is 100% and the noise was reduced by 50% or more. Before the curtains were hung, we heard a train that sounded as if it was coming through the house. Now with the curtains, the sound of the train seems distant. Although you still can hear it, it's remarkably reduced. The grommets slide easily to open and close. The packaging folds and wrinkles were easily steamed out with a decent small handheld steamer." —Joanne Famularo

Get a set of two panels from Amazon for $19.49+ (available in 42" x 62", 42" x 84", and in 18 colors).

2. A portable six-sound white noise machine, because if you can't stop the noisiness at least you can effectively drown it out!

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Choose from six relaxing digitally recorded sounds: white noise, thunder, ocean, rain, summer night, and brook.

Promising review: "Much cheaper and more versatile than those other sound machines. The rain setting makes the room feel so cozy and helps blend over the sounds from my rude neighbors who like to rev up their motorcycles every morning at 6:30 a.m. before burning rubber down the street. I don't use it on a high enough volume to actually cover the sounds of said rude neighbor, but at a medium volume, it's enough to allow me to sleep through the neighborhood sounds. It also helps cover the sounds of late-night fireworks and bass on any random night of the year people seem to think is a night for boisterous celebration. My partner was initially skeptical, but now he likes it as much as I do. He slept in very late one day off because he said he kept waking up and thinking it was rainy outside, and now he always wants to use it." —baela

Get it from Amazon for $16.59+ (available in four colors).

3. Or splurge on a sound machine complete with 10 fan sounds, 10 ambient noise variations, volume control, and a sleep timer.

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Promising review: "Now, even the 7 a.m. leaf blowers cannot stir me from my slumber. I leave this on 24/7! It's like I no longer have roommates, and my iron-hoofed centaur upstairs neighbor swapped places with a helium-filled ballerina. I approve." —Rocco Lucero

Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (available in black and white).

4. A cozy area rug to help you add a little padding to your floors and help absorb some of the noise coming in from your downstairs neighbors.

Get it from Amazon for $19.39+ (available in 15 sizes and four colors).
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Get it from Amazon for $19.39+ (available in 15 sizes and four colors).

5. A pair of soft silicone earplugs that'll reduce noise levels and basically make it seem like you have a volume knob for your loud-ass neighbors.

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Promising review: "Seem to work great! I live in San Francisco where space is an issue, so many walls are shared in my apartment dwelling...and listening to my neighbor snore is annoying at best. So, these are my first remedy. Glad I purchased!" —erin f.

Get two pairs from Amazon for $34.88+ (available in four colors).

6. And a bunch of disposable foam earplugs, just in case you don't want your guests to hear the raging party they're having next door — they might get FOMO and leave your little shindig.

Promising review: "I'm on an off shift, and when I sleep I need things to be dark and quiet. In addition to the normal outdoor sounds, I have a neighbor who doesn't seem to care that their dog barks endlessly when they let it out. These block sound very effectively and I get about three to four good wearings with each plug before I throw it away and get another. Luckily they're not expensive, and with a box of 50, they last quite a while. When I'm done with this box, I'm sure I'll order another as well." —Steven C. HowellGet a pack of 50 pairs from Amazon for $8.49.
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Promising review: "I'm on an off shift, and when I sleep I need things to be dark and quiet. In addition to the normal outdoor sounds, I have a neighbor who doesn't seem to care that their dog barks endlessly when they let it out. These block sound very effectively and I get about three to four good wearings with each plug before I throw it away and get another. Luckily they're not expensive, and with a box of 50, they last quite a while. When I'm done with this box, I'm sure I'll order another as well." —Steven C. Howell

Get a pack of 50 pairs from Amazon for $8.49.

7. An under-door draft stopper you can easily slide under doors or place in windows to help seal any gaps that may allow noise to travel through.

Promising review: "I wanted something that would keep the noise out, to be honest. I live in a small NYC apartment with roommates, and have French doors. I wanted something to fit underneath that would serve specifically to reduce noise, but also not be a pain when I opened and closed the doors. It works wonderfully! It reduces the noise level from the outside, and vice versa. The talking and TV in the living room are muted, and I have been told my phone conversations are quieter! So perfect for what I needed!" —MeaganGet it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in five colors).
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Promising review: "I wanted something that would keep the noise out, to be honest. I live in a small NYC apartment with roommates, and have French doors. I wanted something to fit underneath that would serve specifically to reduce noise, but also not be a pain when I opened and closed the doors. It works wonderfully! It reduces the noise level from the outside, and vice versa. The talking and TV in the living room are muted, and I have been told my phone conversations are quieter! So perfect for what I needed!" —Meagan

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in five colors).

8. Or try a thick foam weathering stripping tape designed specifically to help you weather-, dust-, and sound-proof your windows.

Promising review: "Applied it in the door frame of my apartment primarily to help reduce the sound of loud music, barking dogs, and my neighbors. After an easy application with the strong adhesive backing, the difference in the noise heard from outside the door were significantly reduced." —TylerGet it from Amazon for $13.49+ (available in 14 sizes).
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Promising review: "Applied it in the door frame of my apartment primarily to help reduce the sound of loud music, barking dogs, and my neighbors. After an easy application with the strong adhesive backing, the difference in the noise heard from outside the door were significantly reduced." —Tyler

Get it from Amazon for $13.49+ (available in 14 sizes).

9. A package of insulating additive, which, when mixed with your paint, helps to reduce heating and cooling expenses and deadening noise.

When an insulating additive is mixed into paint, the paint dries to a tightly packed layer — this tightly packed film reflects and dissipates heat by minimizing the path for the transfer of heat. The ceramic in the additive can reflect, refract, and block heat radiation. It can be mixed into ANY paint, coating, or composite including interior and exterior house paint, roof paint, solvent-based coatings, epoxy, and high-temperature paint. Promising review: "I painted the south wall of my house and it changed the temperature of those rooms significantly. What used to be the hottest rooms in my house by two to three degrees are now one to two degrees cooler than the rest of the house. I plan to paint the rest of the house but we are having triple-digit weather this week." —Lorelei A. MacomberGet it from Amazon for $13.25 (available in six sizes).
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When an insulating additive is mixed into paint, the paint dries to a tightly packed layer — this tightly packed film reflects and dissipates heat by minimizing the path for the transfer of heat. The ceramic in the additive can reflect, refract, and block heat radiation. It can be mixed into ANY paint, coating, or composite including interior and exterior house paint, roof paint, solvent-based coatings, epoxy, and high-temperature paint.

Promising review: "I painted the south wall of my house and it changed the temperature of those rooms significantly. What used to be the hottest rooms in my house by two to three degrees are now one to two degrees cooler than the rest of the house. I plan to paint the rest of the house but we are having triple-digit weather this week." —Lorelei A. Macomber

Get it from Amazon for $13.25 (available in six sizes).

10. A pair of lightweight safety ear muffs that'll make you look like you're signaling in an airplane but, honestly, if they work for the people who actually do that, then your neighbors won't stand a chance!

Promising review: "I bought these ear protection headphones because our upstairs neighbor is very loud. I had trouble concentrating on reading and other quiet activities. These ear protection headphones are great. They block out the noise great. If you work in a loud environment or have a noisy neighbor I would highly suggest these." —Mary KatherineGet them from Amazon for $16.45+ (available in eight colors).
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Promising review: "I bought these ear protection headphones because our upstairs neighbor is very loud. I had trouble concentrating on reading and other quiet activities. These ear protection headphones are great. They block out the noise great. If you work in a loud environment or have a noisy neighbor I would highly suggest these." —Mary Katherine

Get them from Amazon for $16.45+ (available in eight colors).

11. A set of foam wedges so you can go all music studio in your space while helping to muffle out any unwanted sound.

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Promising review: "Great product!!! I live on the middle floor of a three-story apartment and my neighbor above me was making so much noise late at night. So I bought these tiles, sprayed some glue to the back of them, and stuck them on a piece of cardboard (cut from a cardboard box) and simply screwed them to my ceiling. It totally reduced the noise where we hardly hear anything and we can comfortably sleep and watch TV at night. If you want a cheap fix to any noisy neighbors I certainly recommend this product. :)" —Richard Alcantar

Get a pack of a dozen 1"x12"x12" squares from Amazon for $19.98.

12. Or, if you're not ready to totally transform your space, try a wall tapestry that'll add a little decor but also help absorb a some of that unwanted noise.

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Get it from Amazon for $13.23+ (available in eight sizes and 13 colors).

13. And, if your neighbors seem to be rearranging their furniture every night at 2 a.m., give them the gift of sound-dampening bumpers, which gently reduce the noise of moving furniture and slamming doors.

Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $5.48.
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Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $5.48.

How you're gonna feel when you finally don't have to hear your neighbors!

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