Acoustic Treatment "Curtains"

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by jkendrick, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. jkendrick

    jkendrick Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,400
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2014
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    I have a practice room in the basement. It's a good space for practice but it's adjacent to the furnace and hot water heater. I'm not looking to soundproof the room, but rather try to mitigate the sound coming from the furnace and hot water heater. Additionally, the bulk of the noise traveling through the house seems to be going through the vents and I'm hoping this will be mitigated as well. I've heard of sound mitigating curtains and I'm wondering a) would they be effective for this purpose, and b) what are the specific brands I should be looking at? Again, I realize a solution like this will only limit noise to a certain extent and will not soundproof the room. Thanks.
     
  2. djluis48

    djluis48 Member

    Messages:
    446
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2010
    Location:
    Somewhere...near you...
    Im curious about this too.
     
  3. T Dizz

    T Dizz Member

    Messages:
    16,948
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2015
    Location:
    Erotic City MN
    we have sound blankets at work, not sure what brand but you might want to check industrial catalogs.. maybe Grainger or something? Lots of factories uses sound blankets and tarps
     
  4. Madsen

    Madsen Member

    Messages:
    6,344
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2009
    Location:
    Southern California
    the general idea i've gotten is that you need mass to absorb bass frequencies. drapes & blankets can help deaden the higher end of the spectrum. the thicker/heavier the better.

    i move around a bit & i'm a big fan of Ultratouch which is a denim based insulation. easy to setup & take down without much fuss.
    [​IMG]

    John Sayers' Recording Studio Design Forum has a good subsection on acoustics if you wanna check with some experts.
    http://www.johnlsayers.com/phpBB2/index.php

    Good Luck!
     
  5. RLD

    RLD Member

    Messages:
    6,668
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2010
    Location:
    SeaTown
    I have acoustically treated my studio with diy traps so I have some experience.
    If what you want to do is "mitigate the sound coming from the furnace and hot water heater" then you need to put sound absorbing material between you and the services.
    A curtain would do some, movable baffles with insulation probably more.
    Acoustic treating for your room would help overall but is different from soundproofing.
     
  6. jkendrick

    jkendrick Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,400
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2014
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Thanks. I used the term acoustic treatment to differentiate between soundproofing, which I know to be a large and costly task.

    I had an idea since posting this. I have a large heavy shag area rug that isn't currently in use. I may try to hang that where I would put the curtains. That way I can see what effect this would have. The room is a small space so I want to keep whatever solution as low profile as possible. But it also has to sit out from the furnace room doors enough to allow proper ventilation.

    Thanks for all the replies. Keep 'em coming!
     
  7. Campfired

    Campfired Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    15,679
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Location:
    Nutmeg State
    Are you concerned about this for recording purposes? Or just to mitigate extraneous noise during music practice? There are alternative solutions for recording...
     
  8. jkendrick

    jkendrick Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,400
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2014
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    More for mitigating extraneous noise. I record some of what I do in there but only as a learning tool, not really for outside consumption.
     
  9. RLD

    RLD Member

    Messages:
    6,668
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2010
    Location:
    SeaTown
    You can get cheap interior doors from home depot, hinge two together and line one side with insulation...movable, adjustable...something like this.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. TDJMB

    TDJMB Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,115
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2005
    Location:
    East Coast
    And be careful how close you get to the furnace & water heater? They need air circulation.
     
  11. jkendrick

    jkendrick Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,400
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2014
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Yeah that's exactly why I'm seeking an unconventional solution. Otherwise I'd just seal the room up better with solid doors.
     
  12. jim683

    jim683 Member

    Messages:
    258
    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2014
    Location:
    Arkansas
  13. Aaron Mayo

    Aaron Mayo Member

    Messages:
    1,947
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2006
    Location:
    MA, USA
    Is the furnace in a separate room? If no, building a room around it would knock it down.

    If this is already done you could:

    play really loud
    use headphones
    turn the furnace off (not practical, maybe) while you're playing

    I have a hard time believing curtains, no matter how thick, will help much.
     
  14. Fishyfishfish

    Fishyfishfish Member

    Messages:
    5,191
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2013
    Location:
    Delano
    Office cubicle furniture worked for our problem, but you could probably build a portable demising wall (nothing to intricate, just a 2x4 wall with insulating batts covered in plastic) and drape some old packing blankets from the ceiling were appropriate.
     
  15. jkendrick

    jkendrick Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,400
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2014
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    The room is in the basement and has a closet that houses the water heater and furnace. It's not big (10'x12'), so deadening some of the sound in the room is also desirable. I did a quick diagram which I've attached. The doors to both the furnace closet and the main door are slatted for ventilation. My idea is to hang curtains to completely cover the wall that has the furnace and the main door about a foot out from the wall. I have no illusions that it will eliminate noise either entering the room or leaving the room. I simply want to knock off a few decibels and make the room itself a little more bearable with a full band. The number one desire is to knock down the volume enough that the sound traveling through the vents (barely audible now) won't wake my sleeping twin boys (the only chance I have to play is while they sleep these days).

    I'm not sure curtains will have much, if any, effect. But at less than $100 it seems worth trying.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2015
  16. Defendant

    Defendant Member

    Messages:
    5,442
    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2007
    OMG that's a brilliant idea for my recording room!

    thx!
     
  17. jkendrick

    jkendrick Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,400
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2014
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    I went ahead and ordered some curtains here. Thanks for the link. I'm not expecting miracles but for under $100, I'm hoping it will help just enough.

    Thanks everyone. I'll try to remember to post my results here.
     

Share This Page