Author Topic: Acoustic Curtain over drywall?  (Read 3341 times)


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Acoustic Curtain over drywall?
« on: January 26, 2012, 06:28:36 PM »
I have a flimsy common wall in an otherwise well-built condo, and i need to keep the sound of my crying baby from leaking into my neighbor's bedroom. 

The common wall hits the exterior wall between two windows, so I know it can't be more than 1-2" total.  I think this means it has little to no stud or interior space in there - most likely it's just two pieces of drywall stuck directly together.

I think the lack of studs or interior space in this common wall renders most of the sound proofing options unsuitable, and i don't really want to contemplate collaborating with my neighbor to tear it down and re-build it correctly.  Also, the window placement might make that impossible anyway.

I've seen a damping material that can be applied to the wall and painted, but i have serious doubts that it could dampen the sound enough to keep a crying baby (approx 6feet from the wall) from disturbing my neighbor, whose bed is on the other side of the wall.

What about hanging a giant acoustic curtain in my child's bedroom?  Perhaps I could put a fun fabric on the outside so it is more child-friendly.  Would that work well enough?  Any other solutions that don't involve rebuilding the wall?


Randy S

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Re: Acoustic Curtain over drywall?
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2012, 07:40:32 PM »
To be honest, the curtain is an expensive approach for the little reduction it delivers... 10%-15% at Best!!!...
Sounds like you will have to address the wall correctly and most likely do a window treatment as well.

You might be able to get a decent value of reduction by adding mass to the wall but that would depend on the actual construction and if can support additional weight.

Why dont you give me a call at the office and lets discuss options...