We've just purchased our first home!
We're over the moon with the space, love the new neighborhood, but have just had a complaint from the downstairs neighbors about noise. [Disclaimer: we're not that noisy!]
The problem is that we have high ceilings and approximately zero insulation under our floorboards and anything from the bass in the Ipod docking station to the click of my heels can be heard down there.
Can anyone recommend a large area rug that would provide some sound buffering?...
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Sorry to hear that your neighbors are a bit testy. If you want to cover a lot of space affordably, we'd recommend getting a carpet cut to the exact size you want and having it bound on the edges.
Sisal or seagrass are the most affordable, but you can get any other carpeting cut and bound as well. To start off, we'd head down to ABC Carpet and ask for some help up on the second floor (in carpeting). We've worked with Shawn Diwan a number of times and he's great.
For even more affordable, you can go down into their basement and look at remnants. There's a lot down there, so you should probably be able to find something you like.
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