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Are Your Upstairs Neighbors Stomping At Night? Here’s what to Do

I remember this one time I lived beneath this nice lady. Occasionally we would meet in the parking lot, and she would nicely ask how I was doing. She even once shared her baked cookies with me.

As much as I liked her, she had one problem—I could hear her walking from my downstairs apartment. Every night was stomp! stomp! stomp! My upstairs neighbor walks like an elephant! I thought, and it was horrible!

She was a tiny lady, and from our minor interactions, she wasn’t a heavy walker, so I was always wondering where all the noise was coming from.

Upstairs Neighbors Stomping

One day we bumped into each other, and I mentioned it. Apparently, she wasn’t aware she was making the noise. The problem wasn’t her. It was the apartment.

The hardwood floors amplified her steps, that I could hear her walking even when barefooted.

After much talking, she agreed to put a mat on her floor, which killed all the noise. We lived quietly and happily until she left the building three years later.

While I was lucky to live beneath an understanding person, it’s not the case with everyone.

I’ve even heard stories of people living beneath neighbors that would dance or even intentionally stomp at night, which is frustrating.

Do your neighbors walk with their heels?

To drown the noise, most people would advise you the obvious: wear earplugs, try the white noise machine, make complaints to the building management, call the police, blast your own music at their inconvenient time, and so forth.

What if you have tried all the above and nothing works?

Two things that can solve this forever are moving to another apartment and ensuring you get an apartment on the highest floor, with no one above you.

As you choose your room, ensure you aren’t sharing a wall, as you will still get some noise seeping from the shared wall.

You can also solve the issue by getting your own house. When you move to your own house, you won’t have someone above you making noise, will you?

Noisy upstairs neighbors’ revenge

If you love the apartment you are living in, or you have no money to move, and you have tried everything to stop the neighbor from stomping, and nothing is working, it’s time to go to war.

But not so fast, as you don’t want to go to jail. You should be smart in how you go about it.

If you are seriously pissed at your noisy upstairs neighbors and you want to get that sweet revenge, here are some of the ways you can do it:

Play some sports

Doctors recommend you move your body a little to have a long life, right? Why not do it, then?

Unless you have been living under a rock, you must have heard of Serena Williams. She is a superstar.

Did you know you have a part of her in you and can unleash it on your noisy neighbors?

Get a racket, racquet, or tennis ball and spend time against the ceiling.

For maximum results, do this when the neighbor is quiet, such as when they go to bed.

As you are banging the ball against the ceiling, do it with as much zeal as you can master. And don’t forget to throw in some sounds while at it.

Invest in a ceiling vibrator

If playing tennis is too tiring, invest in a machine that will do the work for you—a ceiling vibrator.

Just as its name, the vibrator creates vibrations on the ceiling, making your neighbor’s life a living hell.

The vibrator is made up of a motor, extendable rod, cable, and Wi-Fi remote.

Like with the racquetball, you should put the vibrator to use during the quiet hours of the night.

Delay their entry into the house

Don’t have money to buy a vibrator and playing tennis is too much? Go the easy way and grab some Vaseline jelly. You can afford this, can you?

Once you have your hands on the jelly, apply it to your neighbor’s doorknob.

The purpose of doing this is to give the neighbors an unpleasant surprise when they return home and delay their entry into the house, so you have less time to deal with the stomping.

Before you apply the jelly, first check whether your neighbor has a camera on the door, as you don’t want to be caught being nasty. Remember, you don’t want to be on the wrong side of the law.

If there are no cameras around, don’t just apply the jelly, go an extra mile, and jam the door lock with the jelly to keep them out for a few extra minutes or hours.

Play their footsteps back at them

A friend of mine once told me a story where he lived with this noisy family above him. One day he decided to buy huge speakers and record their noises.

Later on, he would hook up the speakers on the ceiling and playback the noise recordings at full blast when they were asleep.

The noise was so much that the family had to call the police several times. That’s some sweet revenge, isn’t it?

If you are that pissed off with the neighbors, why can’t you do the same? Get a few large speakers and record the elephant man’s stomping and when they go to sleep, put on the recordings for your amusement.

How to Record Upstairs Neighbor Stomping

Wondering how to record upstairs neighbor stomping? It’s actually easy to do it. Here are some of the ways to go about it:

Use the computer microphone

This is the cheapest option, so if you are strapped for cash, this is the way to go. Windows 7 has a feature that allows you to listen to the microphone live. Turn the feature on, put on some headphones, and then adjust the levels.

You should crank up the microphone level and then boost it to the maximum. If the stomping is loud enough, the microphones will pick it up, and you will have noise that you can playback at your annoying neighbors.

You can also use the recordings as proof when making a complaint to the police, landlord, or local council.

If the computer microphone isn’t picking the stomping sounds, get a calibrated microphone such as UMIK-1 that plugs into any computer using a USB port.

Here is a video showing you how to use the microphone to pick and measure the neighbor’s stomping

Use noise app

The beauty of noise apps is you don’t need to invest in any hardware or software. You simply need to install the app on your phone, and you are good to go.

Most of the apps are also compatible with both apple and android devices, so you don’t need to worry about them failing to work on your phone.

There are plenty of noise apps you can use. Some of the popular ones being:

  • Sound meter pro
  • NIOSH sound level meter
  • Sound meter — decibel meter & noise meter
  • Sound meter & noise detector
  • Decibel x
  • Too noisy pro

Use a sound level meter

If you don’t have money to buy the above-mentioned microphone to use on your computer, you can try measuring the sound using a sound level meter.

Commonly referred to as a noise meter, sound pressure level (SPL) meter, decibel meter, or sound level meter, the sound level meter is designed to respond to sound almost the same way as the human ear.

The purpose of the sound level meter is to provide objective and reproducible measurements of the sound pressure levels (SPL), and it contains a microphone, display, preamplifier, and signal-processing unit.

The microphone picks the sound and converts it to an electrical signal that is enhanced by the preamplifier.

There are many sound meter brands in the market you can buy from. When making the purchase, go for a sound meter with a condenser microphone, as it will give you better precision and is more reliable.

One of the best sound meters you can go for is the RISEPRO decibel meter.

Peace is always the best noisy upstairs neighbors’ solution

Unless you have a few months’ lease, you will be living with your neighbor for a long time, so it’s always wise to solve the stomping issue peacefully.

Here at Auditorynerd, we don’t advocate for violence, and should be the last resort.

However, bring out the big guns if you have mentioned the stomping to the neighbor and aren’t making any effort to change or is getting worse.

After all, who the hell do they think they are?


I hate noise with every single bone in my body and I'm here to share some of the tricks that have worked for me in my effort to keep off noises from noisy neighbors, noisy appliances, and so on. Buckle up for the ride.

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