Noisy enough for privacy?
June 18, 2012 7:23 AM Subscribe
Help me make our bathroom noisy enough for privacy in a small apartment?
posted by anonymous to Home & Garden (22 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend and I just moved into a lovely apartment. It is a bit on the small side and all the rooms are close together. The only problem? The bathroom has no fan and a thin door. Which means, whatever you are doing in the bathroom- the other apartment dweller can't help but know about. I'm the type of person who usually turns on the fan and maybe locks the door whenever using a restroom. I like my privacy- I don't need to know whatever you are doing in there, flossing, having a drum circle, whatever, and I don't need you to know what I am doing. The bathroom is a private sanctuary, a temple of solitude. I'd like it to stay that way. Tracking each others hydration levels through sound is not ideal. I looked through the MeFi archives but only found a few suggestions.
Complications- why don't we just install bathroom fan?
-We are renting
-Neither of us know how to wire in such a thing and regardless, would not be allowed to by the landlord
-There is a vent in the wall of the shower that goes to some sort of shaft up to the roof...thought about trying to put a battery operated fan there...but then finding a battery operated fan that would be loud enough seems just about impossible. Finding such a magical product is also tough for our location- Germany.
Things we considered but seem awkward:
-Playing the clock radio in the bathroom when using it. But then you still get all the noise...just set to music.
-Each of our rooms have doors- we could just shut an extra door. But this seems like you have to trap the person in a room if you want privacy. Kind of awkward. Plus, the doors are rather thin and don't do much to cut down noise.
Is there a creative, elegant solution to this?