How to Soundproof a Ceiling Without Construction

You probably have moved to your dream neighborhood and gotten the apartment of your dreams, beautiful appliances and furnishing, great price and linking roads only to be drawn aback in celebrations by the kind of neighbors you have living above your flat.

Having to deal with a newly married couple arguing in their condo just above your head, loud teenagers blasting their speakers in their bedroom, pointed heels pinching every point on your floor deck, slamming doors across your neighbors’ hallway or being forced to listen to their favorite shows all night is no small joke. You know you’ve got to do something.

How could you possibly tell them to be a bit quieter with their movements or ask that they place a carpet on their floor without passing off as rude?

Yet, here’s the thing. You know soundproofing is the way out but the internet keeps digging out supposed solutions that would cost thousands of dollars and can only be implemented during construction or a total remodeling of your dwelling (a solution your landlord would most times not agree with). Don’t feel all left out, one in every three people is expected to face that at least once in a lifetime.

That said, there’s a way out of this bugging issue. If you can’t afford to go speak with your neighbor about the amount of noise they produce or manage the space which was hitherto supposed to be your dream house in silence because you can’t sleep at night, soundproofing your ceiling could solve all your persistent noise problems at a go.

Soundproof a Ceiling Without Construction

If you seek to know how to go about soundproofing your ceiling without considering any constructions or remodeling, you’re definitely in the right place. Let’s show you around.

1. Use Acoustic Foam Panels

The use of acoustic foam panels is one of the most certain not forgetting safest solution to your noise problems. With an affordable price and the ease of installation, you should be able to cheaply and easily soundproof your ceiling.

With those points duly noted, it is important to mention that there a number of acoustic panel types available in the market.

Mybecca Acoustic Panel Studio Foam Wedges

While some are good for home walls, others are great for acoustic purposes such as is what is required in a recording studio and some others excellent for ceiling soundproofing.

Buying the cheapest ones available in the market might save you some cash on short term but will definitely cause you reasons to regret your decision in some years to come.

It is therefore imperative that you check out these acoustic foam panels which are a perfect blend of good price and quality.

2. Use Acoustic Foam Egg Panels

The name gives it away as belonging to a family of foam panels and that isn’t far from the truth. They are panels with an egg-looking surface and these surfaces are extremely effective at soundproofing. The edgier the surface of the panel, the better the insulation it provides.

Foamily Acoustic Foam Egg Crate Panel Studio Foam Wall Panel

There are a host of designs to pick from so choose wisely so as not to ruin your space’s aesthetics. One thing is sure, with an acoustic foam egg panel installed, you could sleep well in spite of your neighbor’s night long arguments.

3. The Use of Mass Loaded Vinyl

Truth be told, acoustic panels could be really heavy and bulky not mentioning that they do not have a particularly good design. If you favor appearance over total soundproof, you should consider using vinyl mats.

These fat mattresses are most often than not the solution to the interior finishing and soundproofing of the room as well. Soundsulate Mass Loaded Vinyl is highly recommended for best results as it is one of the best vinyl mats available in the market.

Soundsulate Mass Loaded Vinyl

If installed, you are sure to be protected from high and low frequency noises as well as reduce the transmission of vibrations across the floor.

By and large, they offer great sound absorbing properties, are easy to install and are a great substitute for acoustic foam panels if the latter doesn’t properly suit your soundproof needs.

4. Drywall

Though not popular, the use of drywall is a feasible way of soundproofing your ceiling. Applying a 5/8 inch thick drywall panel against your ceiling can do more magic than you expected. 

SHEETROCK Brand Drywall Panel

Simply add a dampening compound to the drywall and carefully screw the drywall to into the ceiling joists. If done appropriately, the dampening compound sandwiched between the ceiling and drywall could dampen sound even further.

5. Cover Holes in the Ceiling

Sometimes holes opened up for cables and conduit pipes are the major causes of noise leakage into your house. Though unusual to find one, you should scan through your ceiling for any such holes.

Green Glue Noiseproofing Combo

If you find some, you should seal them with some glue and in this case green glue serves you best. Though, green glue might not match with your ceiling color when used to seal up this crevices, some of them can be painted over. Bearing this in mind, it is important to purchase the right one, perhaps one that can be repainted whilst still maintaining excellent soundproof qualities. For this reason, we recommend the use of this green glue.

6. Soundbreaker Bars

They are acoustic hangers attached to the underside of the ceiling joists designed to reduce sound through the ceiling structure. Soundbreaker bars separate plasterboards (when fixed directly onto the bars rather than into the ceiling joists) from the ceiling joist, consequently reducing surface area contact. They also do a great job at absorbing vibrations and reducing the transmission of impact and airborne sounds through the ceiling.


In general, soundproofing the ceiling isn’t as expensive as soundproofing the walls or floor of your house, it is however more demanding yet scalable. These non-invasive soundproofing techniques discussed here are your best bet at soundproofing your ceiling without any further constructions or remodeling of your home.

You can now catch a nap during the weekends and have good rests at night without being disturbed by your neighbors or develop eye bags due to insufficient sleep.

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