Need soundproofing ideas to keep confidential conversations confidential
August 26, 2014 5:50 PM Subscribe
The nonprofit that I work with just moved into a new office. The walls between offices do a lousy job of blocking sound - I can hear conversations being held in the next room in a fairly normal tone of voice. Management understands this is a problem but every dollar spent on facilities is less money to care for clients. Need to know what to propose beyond the ubiquitous white noise machines.
posted by metahawk to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I tried googling this question and found too much information of questionable origins. (Half seemed to be selling things and the other half didn't seem to have any expertise. The best idea as far as I can tell is to put up a second layer of drywall with a layer of dampening goop in between. (Is it really that simple?) Do we need specialty sound-deadening board? Or could we get by with acoustic dampening paint?? We also need to do something about doors between the office and halls and space where an interior wall meets a window.
So, management's first answer was white noise machines but if they are actually in the room, I find they interfere with conversation. So, i would like to propose something better. If people agree, they will probably hire a carpenter or handyman to do the actual work.
Help me! (1) practical ideas or (2) links to websites that are reputable and (3) ideally information about how effective the different options might be. It doesn't need to be truly soundproof, just deadened enough that you can't hear the words from adjoining rooms.