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Old 11-03-2006, 11:00 PM   #1
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Default Help us 'soundproof' a room

My roommate and I have an interesting dilema on our hands.

We currently live in a fairly large two bedroom apartment, right below the other occupants. Obviously, since we live in such close proximity to them, noise can and is a factor. We can hear them everytime they get up, walk around, shower, have sex (ew, BTW), exercise...you get the idea. They can also hear our stereo and TV, and this is where we have a problem.

You'll have to accept my word on this, but we really aren't loud people. We do try to keep the volume to a minimum but it isn't rare for one or both of us to watch a movie at 11pm on a weeknight. They've banged on their floors from as early as 9:30pm to as late as 12:30am to signal that we are being too loud.

I have taken steps such as turning down the subwoofer for the DVD player as well as my computer but I am afraid that we are still being too loud. Since winter is coming up and keeping our apartment warm and soundproofing it seems to come hand-in-hand, I've decided to try and kill two birds with one stone.

Now, I know that we really can't 'soundproof' our living room. I really want to keep the noises isolated to just that room to keep both our neighbors and us happy.

Our living room is pretty damn big and it can easily be divided into two separate sections, which I'm going to do. I'm probably going to nail two sheets up to act as a divider. If anyone can come up with a better idea, please let me know.

My friend (a musician who knows a thing or two about sound) has also suggested nailing carpet to our ceiling. It sounds like this is a good idea but I want to check on this before I do it.

The room itself is pretty bare. We really don't have much in terms of furniture (TV and couch, really) or any posters on the walls. You can definitely hear an echo.

What other steps can I take to stop noise leakage?
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