Author Topic: Into the closet  (Read 3246 times)


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Into the closet
« on: March 24, 2011, 09:49:16 PM »
Renting 2nd floor, new building, hardwood floors.  

The people below me can hear everything I do and the people next to me can as well if I'm near one of the two connecting walls.  I want to be able to type on my computer (I'm told that I type loud and fast and a lot), play games, work, listen to music (not too loud), shuffle my feet, eat, talk on the phone, etc.. at -any- hour without worrying about disturbing others.  I have a walk-in closet that is fairly large that I can fit a work area/mini-fridge into comfortably.  The walls aren't connected to any neighbors but the floor is over a bedroom.  For ~500-750$ and without any permanent changes and without any aesthetic concerns, how might I do this?

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Re: Into the closet
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011, 09:07:12 PM »
Without permanent changes AND Aesthetic concerns? Sorry, highly doubt that will happen. Since you cant add soundproofing material and additional drywall, the only thing you could do is add MLV w/closed cell foam directly to the wall (which is black only) and to your floor. You will need to tape seams with a vinyl tape.
This approach is strictly a Band-aid and reduction value will be 25%-30% depending on how loud you are, 60-65db activity and you should be fine if you exceed this value your reduction drops dramatically.

you could vinyl paint the MLV if you wanted to, not sure how good it will look.

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Re: Into the closet
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2011, 03:37:56 PM »
I meant that I don't care how it looks ("without aesthetic concerns");>

I'll try the vinyl/foam/taping - I don't make much noise but have a feeling that my floor is amplifying what I do for the downstairs people (and I have different shifts/hours than they do).  Basically I need a different apartment but can't afford to move at the moment.