Author Topic: Isolating noise traveling from kitchen through hallway  (Read 2649 times)


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Isolating noise traveling from kitchen through hallway
« on: December 10, 2014, 06:48:25 PM »
I am looking to isolate noise from a room in my townhouse.  The room is connected to a kitchen and common room by a wide hallway with hardwood floors.  The kitchen and common room are both open; they do not have doors.  The target room has one door facing the hallway, and the door is not hollow.  The situation is so poor that you can hear any noise generated in either room from the target room.

I've laid rugs on the hallway floor, and I'm planning to place some sort of padding on the inside of the target room's door.  My only other thought on improving the situation is to purchase a draft blocker to place under the door.  I am unable to do serious reconstruction of the walls. 

Is there anything I can add to the room's interior to further reduce the noise?

Can I place items / noise reducing foam in the hallway such that noise does not travel from the kitchen and common room?

Thank you!

Randy S

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Re: Isolating noise traveling from kitchen through hallway
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2014, 04:25:50 PM »
First you do want to seal the door, here is the link to those products.

Padding on the door would be more effecting on the source side not the receiving side.

Any time that you can change hard surface to soft surface in the source areas will improve decay rate of sound therefore achieving a value of noise absorption.. the more you cover the faster the decay rate will be and less noise will be heard.

Usually you do not see viable reductions until you have covered more than 30% of total surface area. (floor, walls and ceiling area).
Now remember you are addressing the sound reflecting off hard surfaces, you are not changing free path ( direct sound ) , this can only be changed by putting something in between the source and receiver.

Randy S.