Noise mitigation in an apartment with only partial bedroom walls?
June 8, 2012 12:05 PM Subscribe
Experiences and techniques for dealing with noise mitigation in an apartment with only partial bedroom walls?
posted by phoenixy to home & garden (9 answers total)
I found an apartment that I love. The one catch? I am sensitive to noise; my boyfriend and I keep different hours; and the bedroom walls don't go all the way up to the ceiling.
The apartment (well condo) is basically a "soft loft"--the bedroom has full walls on two sides, but the side that faces the entry hall (which directly leads to the living room with no door) is only about nine feet high so there's about a three foot open gap between it and the ceiling. The part of the wall that faces the living room goes to the ceiling part of the way (because of the bathroom, and also I think to accommodate some of the pipes that run into the kitchen) but about half of it is also open.
I don't need sound insulation that will stand up to having a party in the next room, but I want to be able to sneak in late and play console games quietly at night without waking my boyfriend up, and he wants to be able to have 45 minute phone calls at home that I don't necessary have to hear every word of whether I want to or not. Basically I'd like to try to get sound insulation between the living room and bedroom equivalent to what you'd have in a typical one bedroom apartment.
Has anyone lived in a situation like this? Is it possible to noise-proof, or at least noise-mitigate? (Bearing in mind that we don't own the place and wouldn't be able to do irreversible construction.) If so, how do you do it? Do they make screens with acoustic foam on them or anything? Or should we just pass on this place? And yes, we already own and use several white noise machines.