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        Picture of sbling
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        I am moving into an apartment where my bedroom is going to be a divided section of the living room. I am hoping to get as much privacy and soundproofing as possible. I've had a few ideas, but I don't know how doable they are, and whether or not they'd be effective. Commentary, suggestions and possible methods of executing solutions are appreciated!


        • "Soundproof" curtains. Available online (amazon), but I have no idea as to how effective they'll be. I'm pretty skeptical.
        • Paneled curtains with soundproofing. Available through Ikea, they're hard curtains on a track. I could purchase soundproofing material (amazon?) and put it on one side of the paneled curtains (facing into my bedroom area). Possible downsides are whether or not they'd be effective, how ugly they might look (most soundproofing is grey), and whether or not the soundproofing would prevent the curtains from opening. I'm okay with the last one, for the most part.
        • Bookshelf with soundproofing. Not sure exactly which way I'd be able to face the bookshelves (probably towards the living room) but have the backside covered with soundproofing. Downsides may be that the bookshelves won't extend to the ceiling, making soundproofing useless, and they might not even extend all the way to the wall. Also possibly ugly.
        • Some kind of temporary wall. No idea how to go about this, and the area it's dividing doesn't necessarily have walls on either side to be used as supports for the temp wall. Downsides are possibly expensive, may be damaging to the apartment, may not be effective...


        Any other suggestions? Maybe experience with this and some input on the effectiveness on possible techniques? Products online that I should look into?

        Thanks!
         
        Posts: 7 | Location: United States | Registered: Apr 18, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        The most effective of all the choices you mentioned would be the bookcase idea. This would make a dense barrier that would do a lot to reduce sound transmission. However - This would need to be full height. If you left a gap between the top of the bookcase and the ceiling it could actually make noise louder by bouncing the sound off the ceiling and into your room.

        You could make the bookcase full height, or add some form of short curtain above the bookcase to fill in any gaps. You'll also need to build the bookcase 'walls' completely enough so that you have the ability to install a door.

        The short story: Any kind of 100% coverage barrier will help to reduce sound transmission. Any openings will make that noise reduction almost useless. The more density or insulation you have the better. Keep in mind though that the best you can hope for is a lowering of the volume - none of these are going to block all sound transmission.

        Also, it's easy enough to build a temporary wall. Just make typical 2x4 framing that fits tightly between the finished floor and the ceiling - it will only require a few screws to hold things in place that can be easily patched upon removal. Probably cheaper to buy all the wall materials compared to building a bookcase.


        Jaybee
         
        Posts: 10499 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Is there more than one person living in this studio apartment? If not, why the need for soundproofing?


        General Disclaimer

        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 900 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        Picture of sbling
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        Yeah, more than one person is living here. I am paying $200/mo less for the same amount of space, but I'm really starting to regret the sacrifice of privacy.
         
        Posts: 7 | Location: United States | Registered: Apr 18, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Here are some cool ideas for furniture. I suspect it is pretty expensive but it would really maximize your space.

        http://blog.petflow.com/theres...&utm_campaign=hidden

        I agree with Jaybee a book case and extended to the ceiling would give you the best noise control. You could buy unfinished ones, and screw them together to form a wall. If the backs are decent you could have one facing the living room and the next one facing the bedroom area to give storage/display in both rooms. If you have the space you could do book cases back to back to accomplish the same thing but it would double the foot print and cost.


        General Disclaimer

        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 900 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        If you are moving into an apartment, what does the lease say about building anything that would require drilling into existing walls and other?

        Next, I would talk to your counterpart [that I suspect holds the lease] and determine if it would be ok to talk to the apt mgr? They might have a solution for you, or move you both to another unit that might give you what you want for the same or near $$$$. This highly depends upon the supply and demand for apt dwellings in your area.

        As stated, you really cannot achieve true privacy w pseudo walls, or really deter the sound. If it were me, I would ck around for garage aptments or something else that gives you true privacy at a price you can afford. If you find a solution w some kind of wall that really works, I would be interested in what you did.

        good luck,
        tstex
         
        Posts: 378 | Registered: Jun 23, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        Picture of sbling
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        Thanks for all the replies! I'm considering building a frame and then hanging a thick fabric "soundproof" curtain in it, with a book shelf on one side, just so I can compensate for any space between the ceiling and the top of the bookshelf. Also, then I'd be able to hang up some tapestry on the other side and pretend to be a cool hip kid with great taste.

        also, i LOVE that video about the space saving furniture. Ikea actually has some stuff similar, nothing to that level though. Maybe I'll check it out! Hopefully it won't break the bank cause that folding bed was pretty dope...

        I'm hoping to get some cool solutions going, so wish me luck! i'm moving in next week!
         
        Posts: 7 | Location: United States | Registered: Apr 18, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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