Good Questions: Window Noise & Privacy Solution?

Good Questions: Window Noise & Privacy Solution?

Maxwell Ryan
May 3, 2007

Hello AT,

I have question regarding the window treatment/noise reduction on the new place I am moving into. The apartment is on second floor facing a major street therefore I need something to cover window for privacy reason but still need to allow light to come through. Drapery wouldn't work as I have heater/AC right underneath the window therefore a long drapery would cover up the unit. Here are my two challenges...

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Bedroom windows (this is composed of two windows): 103" width x 75" height

- Noise coming from the street: I been to the apartment several times during weekend and it is already noisy enough, I can't imagine what would be like during weekday rush hours (the apartment is facing subway entrance). I called several places which offers sound proof window (they install second window on top of the one you have)

- Window treatment for privacy: because this is on second floor, therefore I almost need a curtain (or whatever solution I can figure out) down all the time to ensure privacy but then I need something that gives privacy yet still allow plenty of light to come through. Here are the sizes for the windows:

Living room window: 56.5" width x 75 Height

If I end up going with the sound proof window, it will take up most of the space on the window sill (since it sits on top of it), therefore installing shade (such as the ones from Douglass honeycomb won't work). Then I am not sure what else to do to cover up the window yet allow light to come through (plus making sure the AC/heater is not covered).

What will be the most ideal would be come up with a method that will solve both the privacy issue and noise WITHOUT having to spend 5 to 8K on those sound proof windows (there are a lot of windows in the apt and those windows are large). Can you please help me to brainstorm a solution?

Thank you very much! Gina

Dear Gina,

To your *very* long question, we have a simple response.

1. There is no real solution for noise control other than sound proof windows, so if you really want quiet, go for it.

2. For easy privacy AND light that will work with your windows, go for solar shades. They are rollers that have shades of a fine mesh. It is beautiful, modern and very practical. You can find a good example of it here at Smith and Noble.

Anyone else??

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