Challenges of Living in a Loft Space

Who hasn't at least once considered moving into a loft space, especially in Downtown's scenic Historical Core? We bowed out after considering it ourselves due to costs and public transportation issues (Emily's bus route would have dropped her off at an undesirable location in a still sketchy part of town), but we still have a soft spot for loft living and the architectural aesthetic. But many first time loft residents face unique challenges of living in an industrial space where light and sound can become intrusive...

Apartment Therapy reader Ankur wrote in to ask the AT readership of possible solutions he's faced since mocing into the Pacific Electric Lofts:

It's a typical style loft: a rectangle, with raw unfinished cement floors,14' ceilings, and awesome windows overlooking Main St. and the rest of Downtown.

The problem is while my living room is figured out (sorry for the poor cell phone pics) - my bed (I have no frame now, because I want to buy one after knowing where its going to be placed) which is situated along the wall where the main door for the loft is, is exposed to noise from the hallways, and also light (and shadows at all times of the night) from the cool original detective doors. Do any current or past loft dwellers have solutions they can share for these issues of noise and light?

A quick solution befitting of the private dick era office doors would be pull-down roller shades. Soundproofing is a tougher proposition. One product we're curious about is the dB2-4Walls product, an adhesive applied wallpaper-like solution that can be directly applied ontop of drywall that supposedly buffers up to 75% of noise. We've yet to give the product a try ourselves (we touched base with the company, so a future review may be in the works), but this seems like a promising solution for non-invasive soundproofing solution for owners and renters alike.