Good Questions: Shared Room Soundproofing

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If you've shared a bedroom with your baby, perhaps you can relate to Nell and offer some advice.

Nell writes: We have baby #2 sleeping in our bedroom. Since we are petrified of our toddler waking at night, we are planning to keep the baby in our room until she is really sleeping well all night, so I think we have a good 9 months or so ahead of us. I am a very light sleeper and would love some sort of sound reducing screen/room divider. Our room is very soft, wall-to-wall carpet, etc, and would love a soft, fabric screen, ideally solid panels than went up pretty high. For some reason I keep envisioning the material they make office cubicles with. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

(FYI, The photo above is not of Nell's bedroom, but is a shared nursery/guest bedroom featured on AT in 2005.)

While we're not convinced it will add any noticeable soundproofing in your bedroom, we like that this fabric room divider below also offers some storage. Perhaps filling the pockets with stuffed toys, towels and blankets will absorb additional noise? It's $99 from the Room Divider Store which might be worth checking out (or iRoomDividers.)

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At the risk of your bedroom looking too corporate, you can purchase more cubicle-like dividers. Here are a two sources: ADT American and LC Partitions.

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Although quite expensive, an AT post pointed us toward dVider wall partitions.

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Ikea makes a "curtain hanging system" (Kvartal) which can be mounted on either your ceiling or wall to hang textiles. Perhaps that's worth looking into.

Finally, we'd suggest searching in AT's archives for room divider ideas. Here are a few posts to get you started:

  • How To: Hang Curtains Across Any Space
  • How To: Build Felt Sliding Doors

    If you've shared a room with your baby and worried about noise - how did you confront this problem? Any advice for Nell?

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