Good Questions: A Rug to Buffer the Bass From Our iPod?

Good Questions: A Rug to Buffer the Bass From Our iPod?

Maxwell Ryan
Nov 7, 2007

Hello AT,

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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We're looking to cover 2 spaces in the living room that are both a little under 10x10, as well as the bedrooms (see floor plan)- we're thinking neutral and something that won't overwhelm the space (or our budget) given the size required.

Thanks! Anna

Dear Anna,

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.

Here are some good store links:

ABC Carpet & Home
Dolma: Tibetan Carpets - rugs mainly, but beautiful, large and well priced
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