Author Topic: Soundproofing a bedroom without a door  (Read 4070 times)

rileympk

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Soundproofing a bedroom without a door
« on: July 20, 2006, 06:26:38 PM »
I live in a two-floor house with roommates, and my bedroom is a bit peculiar. At the back end of the first floor, there is a "private" staircase that goes up to my bedroom on the second floor (the stairs have a landing, so you can't see into the bedroom from downstairs). The opening at the bottom is relatively "door-sized" but there's also an opening on the side for a railing (about 6 feet long), so it's impossible to install a door myself. Unfortunately, this means I get a lot of ambient noise if people are downstairs.

I was thinking perhaps I could hang some soundproofing curtains (http://www.soundproofing.org/infopages/curtains.htm) in an attempt to cut down noise. All openings could be covered. Would this give any real soundproofing benefit to me in the bedroom? I'm not familiar with the level of dampening such curtains might provide.

Or if anyone had any other ideas...

Thanks!

johnbergstromslc

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Re: Soundproofing a bedroom without a door
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2006, 12:22:11 AM »
You could move, that's an idea...

Okay, just kidding.

You could try some kind of curtain, but a door would be best.  Talk to the landlord and see if he/she will let you install one.  If you're handy, you can do all the work yourself and it won't cost much.  

agtrojan

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Re: Soundproofing a bedroom without a door
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2006, 11:50:46 PM »
You may want to consider using MLV hung over the opening of the door frame.  You simply install a mounting kit over the door frame, cut small holes in MLV strips (either 8" or 12" wide) then overlap the clear MLV strips to block the sound.

Take a look at the illustration and photos at the bottom of the following page:

http://www.soundproofing.org/infopages/curtains.htm