Author Topic: Soundproofing in a college dorm with a cat  (Read 3132 times)


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Soundproofing in a college dorm with a cat
« on: August 15, 2014, 09:24:53 PM »
Hi! Wow, you have NO idea how happy I am to have found this site!!! I am dire need of advice!

I'm a college student and I live in a single room but share a bathroom with one other suite-mate, and have shared walls on both sides of the room. Like most dorm rooms the walls are pretty thin.
My goal is to severely reduce the noises that my suite-mate, wall-sharers, and anyone in the hallway can hear coming from my room.

I have a 5 month old Siamese cat and my dorms policy on animals is that we can keep them as long as no one files any complaints about their presence. My cat doesn't meow constantly or anything but he can meow rather loudly and persistently from time to time, and I fear that he will do so when I am in class and someone will file a complaint and I won't be able to keep him. I am looking for a solution that will dampen his meows significantly enough so that they won't be perceptible (or at least will be minimally perceptible) to my suite-mate/wall-mates and anyone in the hallway.

(I’ve included the dimensions of my dorm below. Also (In case it helps for you know the shape of my room/suite and what's in the suites in terms of furniture) I’ve included an image from schools website of the two suites. Unfortunately the website only provides a detailed layout of a suite with two doubles room (rather than one with two single rooms, like I live in) so I made a few (crudely drawn) notes in Microsoft paint indicating the differences. )

I’m a pretty handy person but have never attempted to sound proof (or sound reduce) anything before and most of the articles I'm reading are focused on keeping external sounds from coming in rather than preventing internal sounds from going out(which is what I need!). I’ve purchased several rugs for my room, and door seals/sweeps for all the doors but my main concern now is to muffle/reduce sound transmission through my wall. I am kind of at a loss here!

Obviously I can’t alter the wall structurally or anything….I think AT MOST I MIGHT be able to get away with a bit of nailing or heavy duty stapling (since I can pretty easily cover that up at the end of the year). I’ve read a lot about mass loaded vinyl but have NO idea if it would be at all useful for my situation (like, if I found a way to affix it to my wall, would that help?!)

I was hoping you guys could give me some guidance regarding this issue, and direct me to the best products/ soundproofing tactics that I can use! I would be IMMENSELY grateful to receive your help and input!

Thanks in advance :)


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Re: Soundproofing in a college dorm with a cat
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2014, 09:47:19 PM »
Hey sorry! here are my dimensions!

Length   Width   Height          Bathroom                Counter to floor                 Closet 1
 10'3          12'3          9'10              12'7 x 6'11                3'1                                   6'1 x 1'11

Randy S

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Re: Soundproofing in a college dorm with a cat
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2014, 10:35:40 PM »
Your in a bit of a tough situation here since most soundproofing jobs require adding additional drywall.
The best suggestion I have for you is to use our mass loaded vinyl with 1/4" closed cell foam, foam side   out vinyl to the wall and use some type of fasteners to hold it up, roofing nails work fine.

I hope you do not mind black because that is the only color we have in this type of barrier.

Randy S.