How to Move Stealthily Inside

Have you ever wanted to sneak out, play pranks on people, or just run around at night? If so, then this article is for you. This will help you learn how to act stealthily when inside a building, i.e. one with creaky wood floors.


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    Wear soft clothing. This includes footwear, as shoes, even rubber soled, tend to make unwanted sound when coming down on a surface. Socks are generally the best choice. Also, make sure what you wear isn't too baggy, or it may make unwanted sound when it rubs against itself/other objects.
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    Avoid zippers. They make HUGE amounts of noise when they hit against themselves or other objects. Zippers on pants are OK, but avoid ones that swing loosely off of jackets or other garments.
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    Walk silently. When you step down on a wooden floor, keep close to the walls. This is generally the best supported part of the wall and therefore the least creaky. Nonetheless, make sure to test the floor at each step to make sure it won't creak loudly.
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    When walking on stone or tile, step by putting your foot down heel first, then rolling to the toes. Although less noisy than wooden floors, any surface can be hazardous to the careless. Another method is to walk on the outside of your foot. This may take a little practice but is a proven method.
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    When opening a door, turn the doorknob all the way (extremely slowly) before pulling the door open. Likewise when closing a door.
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    Understand the door carefully. By opening a door slowly, you can be more sneaky because since the movement is slow, someone's eyes may not be able to pick it up very well. The only downside to this is if the door is squeaky. You must be VERY careful in this situation. If you hear the slightest squeak, close the door IMMEDIATELY, but DON'T slam it, and try not to make noise when it closes. At this point, you must open the door at a faster rate than before, but don't just rush it open. Another way squeaks may be reduced is by lifting up on the knob, as this takes pressure off of the hinges.
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    Keep your center of gravity low to the ground so you don't lose your balance. If you are walking along a narrow area, this will help a lot.


  • Don't wear nylon clothes! They make a constant swishing sound that will give you away.
  • When closing doors, turn the doorknob full-way, as if you were opening it. This assures that there will be no "locking" sound when the door reaches a certain point. When the door is officially closed, very slowly allow the doorknob to close, while still holding onto it.
  • Always have an excuse in mind in case you get caught.
  • If the stairs have a railing, put some of your weight on that, if it is strong enough. This may help to keep the stairs from creaking.
  • As weird as it sounds, taking off your pants can greatly reduce the sound of your movement. Obviously, there are some places that this is inappropriate.
  • Most wooden doors actually creak more when opened slowly. Turn the knob all the way (slowly), then slowly open it a few inches, and, if it creaks, jerk it open to about halfway, and then stop it abruptly. No speeding up or slowing down. Then slip through.
  • If your in another room, and someone comes out to go to the restroom, hide behind something so you stay hidden and breath lightly through your mouth. Because your nose sometimes makes whistling sounds. Good luck!


  • Don't get seen or caught. This leads to embarrassing questions.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft clothing
  • Dexterous and exact movement
  • Practice
  • Socks

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Categories: Self Defense | Spying