How to soundproof a closet?
March 19, 2009 1:41 PM Subscribe
Help me soundproof my closet so I can sing opera without driving my neighbor insane!
posted by philotes to Grab Bag (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Background info: I picked my apartment with the goal of having a place to sing that would annoy as few people as possible. Thus, I succeeded in landing a place where only one neighbor has any chance of being disturbed: the guy who lives directly below me. But I would still like to spare him as much pain as possible (and spare myself embarrassment). My apartment has an enormous closet in which I have set up my keyboard. Two of the closet's walls are exterior walls, so no worries there. On the other side of the third wall is my clothes closet which should supply enough added insulation to negate the need for an additional barrier there. So my primary concerns are reinforcing the fourth wall and floor, and sealing the door so that my arias don't drift down to the dude trying to watch his TV in peace below.
What I know: I've done enough research on Google and AskMeFi to know that I need mass or dead air in order to stop the sound. Since adding additional walls or raising the floor is out of the question, it seems the best barrier to get would be mass loaded vinyl. But since it's so heavy, shipping costs are exorbitant. So...
Does anyone know where I can find MLV locally in St. Louis, MO?
Do you have any tips for how I should apply it in order to make it maximally effective?
Any suggestions for how to seal the door?
Or any tips on other, less expensive/less difficult materials to use?
(Keep in mind that I am a soprano, so I'm most worried about stopping the transmission of high frequencies. This is quite a different problem from blocking the low-bass rumblings that many sound-proofing materials are designed for.)
Oh, and I'm moving in a year, so everything must be able to come down without causing me to lose my security desposit, if at all possible. ;-)