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« on: October 25, 2009 10:49:09 PM »

I live in an apartment and one of my rooms is kind of echo-ey, which is probably bothersome to my downstairs neighbors. I currently have nothing on the walls, but was hoping to hang something there to absorb sound. Ideas?

I'm can't spend a lot of money on this, and after doing a bit of research, I found something called homasote, which is a fiberboard. I plan to cover rectangular pieces of it in pretty fabric to hang on two of the walls. I have no idea how much homasote costs, or how effective it would be. Are there other materials I could use? Any advice or suggestions are appreciated.

« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2009 04:27:56 AM »

I once helped soundproof a recording studio (in the basement to residential flats) by attaching egg cartons- the bit the egg sits in- to the walls and then covering it with fabric(I think we used hessian in a couple of layers) It worked really well and once the fabric was over no-one was any the wiser
. I know we also used a couple of cartons glued onto a canvas and then painted brightly in the "lounge" as wall art and the difference on the hollow sound there was huge. It has something to do with sound waves being absorbed instead of just being reflected. Roll Eyes We had some fab parties there as well asdid a lot of professional recording and never got complaints Wink
The carton-art also looked much better than I expected but it took several layer of paint to cover them as they suck up loads before they get glossy.
Usually a room is echo-y when it is quite empty of soft furnishings so I would imagine any fabric or fibre wallhangings would help, as would furniture with soft cushions etc.

 If you are worried about downstairs neighbours the best bet would be to add thick floor rugs as heels on a hard surface really echoes down.
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2009 03:40:22 AM »

We have big birds and they are in a room of their own. The noise was just bouncing off the walls so we took insulation board....just styrafoam board.....they come in 4 ft by 8 ft pieces and we cut them in half and covered them in fleece.

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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2009 01:08:56 AM »

yes homasote can be used as sound proofing - cost here in Australia of similar stuff recently was AUS$60 for a 120cm x 240cm (approx 4' x 8' US$50), but I gather like most things are much cheaper in USA, and you can get smaller pieces.

Sound reflects off hard surfaces - so if you have a hard floor then covering it with carpet or rugs (cheaper) will help (think of a cinema and all the carpet & fabrics used).  It was very noticable when my DD preschool covered half the room with carpet with how much sound they absorbed.
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2009 02:43:03 PM »

   I just read in a book on small spaces that you could line a wall with book cases filled with books as a sound barrier. They also suggested using cork board. I think you can get these in small tiles and if in an apartment you could use some of the that hanging putty so it isn't permanent. 
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2009 07:31:34 PM »

Really great ideas. Thanks everyone!

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