How To Reduce Bathroom Noises?

How To Reduce Bathroom Noises?

Tess Wilson
Jul 7, 2015

Q: My boyfriend and I just moved into a funky older apartment. The only bathroom is right in the middle of the apartment, is narrow with very high ceilings, is echoey, and, most importantly, contains a large window that opens out to the kitchen (this is its ventilation). The window is warped and can't be closed. As a result, any bathroom activity is extremely audible throughout the whole apartment...

It's pretty embarrassing and we can't figure out what to do about it, since we can't close the window. Any suggestions? -Sent by AJ

Editor: I recently stayed in a hotel room with a similar situation! However, the hotel was newly built and the bathroom-walls-don't-go-all-the-way-up layout was clearly meant to be an edgy design decision, so it was simply inexcusable. Your situation is more understandable, and I think we've all lived in homes with less-than-ideal bathroom placement and acoustics. Is there any way for AJ and their boyfriend to maintain privacy, romance, and ventilation? Please help!

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