What could I do to the walls in my office to keep conversation from
traveling to other offices? The existing walls are (regular?)
sheetrock. I'm renting the space and cannot justify spending too much
to "improve" the space. Could you share any economical suggestions?
Without spending too much money . . . .
Hanging items on the wall such as fabric, hanging plants, something soft
to absorb the noise, Amelia. We had a similar situation several years ago.
Our secretary hung some tapestries and since she does needlepoint, she hung
some of her handiwork on the walls. Hell, I can even recall her finding a
5' x 7' area rug that we hung up that looked more like a work of art. The
cost was about $39 if I recall and it deadened the entire wall.
There are such materials such as soundboard insulation that I suppose you
could cover with some fabric to make decorator panels out of and use - but
remember that these materials are used to absorb the sound. Painting them
and closing the cells of these materials will defeat the purpose.
Best of luck to you.
You might also add some background noise to mask the conversation, if
feasible. Noise box, stereo, radio, etc. Is the intent to dampen the
or to simply make it unintelligible?
You don't say whether the walls are clear of obstructions or not, which
can make a soundproofing job easy or impossible, depending. For a
relatively clear wall, get 3-4 inch styro insulation sheets, which come
in 4x8 size, and lightly glue them to the existing wall. If you install
them with the foil face out, a good coat of paint might be acceptable
covering, or you can glue on wall paneling over the foam board. You're
looking at about $30-35 for each four feet of (8-foot) wall, and it's
all easily removable leaving only a wall that will need to be scraped
How cheap? What is the current construction?
I might suggest you can get a lot of value out of adding an additional
layer of drywall. Of course this does not help much if there are air
openings like heater vents between the two rooms. Don't forget the ceiling
and floor as sound can go around a wall.
BTW these suggestions are in addition to the other suggestions of soft
materials, that may be the best solution.
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