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I want to build a sleeping pod
« on: June 21, 2019, 01:07:28 PM »
I want to build a sleeping pod.  I am bothered by noise and it often stops me from falling asleep.  I have a job where I have to get up very early, usually between 4 and 5 am, so I try to go to bed around 10.  The noise comes from either my family moving around the house or traffic noise.  My family is pretty good at trying to not make noise, but it is hard for them to be quiet as my bedroom is next to the bathroom.  The traffic noise is the local kids in trucks or on motorcycles racing up and down the main street of our town.  Yes I know I sound like a cranky old man!

The idea is to build a simple enclosure made out of inexpensive commonly available materials.  It will look like the Podtime sleeping pod

I want to make the pod out of 4x8 sheets of luan plywood, 1/2" lightweight drywall, cardboard, 1/2' drywall then laun again.  This would make a sandwich.  I would use 2x3 studs around the edge of the sandwich to provide strength.  The panels would be built  in my garage then carried up to the bedroom and assembled.  Each panel would weigh about 100 lbs so it would be too heavy to move in one piece, and too big to fit through the bedroom door.  The pod door would be about 36"x36" on the side, similar to the picture, but hanging on sliding door hardware so it can be slid open and closed.

I would make a vent for fresh air with a computer fan.  I would use techniques describe on this site to channel the vent so it doesn't let sound in.

My main concern is would this be effective?  I am not looking for complete quiet, and the noise I am trying to block is not that loud.  I just want a peaceful little sanctuary where I can close the door when I need it.  I have recently changed the window in the bedroom to triple pane glass and that helped, but I still hear the trucks.

Randy S

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Re: I want to build a sleeping pod
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2019, 03:15:44 PM »
Ok so remember good soundproofing is based on Mass, so i would go ahead and build it as you described.
Think about thing in terms of weight lbs. per sqft.
if your wall in your house is 4.2-4.6 lbs a sqft you need to be heavier.

as you build it build it so it can hold double or triple the weight so you can add to it once it is in your room.

after the first round assess the value and every time you double the weight you will get another 5db drop. you can use Mass Loaded vinyl so that it is easy to add weight.

Randy S.