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    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 13th Sep 17, 8:20 AM
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    How to cheaply sound proof a room
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    • 13th Sep 17, 8:20 AM
    How to cheaply sound proof a room 13th Sep 17 at 8:20 AM
    We are in the process of buying a small home, it's a conversion so has a bit of an odd layout (flying freehold think L shaped) so our downstairs bathroom is under the stairs and bathroom of the neighbours property.
    Ours is a small bathroom that includes big under stairs cupboard that for obvious reasons can't be removed, this cupboard has large Louvre doors electric and the bathroom pipework running through it so my thinking is it would make a great utility space, I'm guessing it's housed a dryer before but not a washing machine, thinking of the neighbours is there a cheap and easy way of reducing the noise from a washer/ dryer I don't envision to much of a problem but like to be considerate. This would make use of a redundant space in a small house and free up much needed kitchen space.
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    • Tahlullah
    • By Tahlullah 13th Sep 17, 8:26 AM
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    Kingspan insulation on the walls and Anti-vibration rubber feet on the washing machine. The Kingspan won't be particularly cheap, but depends on the thickness you buy. Its that or egg boxes.
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    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 13th Sep 17, 8:30 AM
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    Polystyrene sheet?
    • the_lunatic_is_in_my_head
    • By the_lunatic_is_in_my_head 13th Sep 17, 8:41 AM
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    I don't think standard insulation board offers much soundproofing, Kingspan do an acoustic board:

    www.kingspan.com/roe/el-gr/products/insulated-panels/learning-center/kingspan-panels-sound-insulation

    offering an additional sound insulation of 31 dB. A washing machine is roughly 80 dB but if the conversion was done correctly the dividing wall should have decent soundproofing already.

    If I'm reading your post correctly, the room you wish to soundproof is against your neighbours bathroom, best idea would be to put the washing machine and/or tumble trying on, pop by to introduce yourself and while you are there ask to use the loo. This way you can judge for yourself if it's a problem (if you ask the neighbours to listen out then they might find a problem because you've pointed one out rather than it really being there).
    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 13th Sep 17, 9:12 AM
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    It's solid stone wall building from the 1840, converted into current form in 1985 so doubtful about the stairs having any sort of sound proofing, next door is currently also empty they should complete the same time as us, we've had some title issues so guessing they have the same problems as the place sold 8 weeks ahead of us. We are planning on ripping the bathroom to replace with a large walk in shower before we move in, so will put in some triline/ kingspan and some acoustic underlay under some vinyl flooring in the cupboard as suggested. As you rightly say I really don't want to draw attention to something that may not even be an issue. We don't have a lot of laundry nowadays.
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    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 13th Sep 17, 10:30 AM
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    Acoustic soundproofing tiles are dirt cheap, you'll get a pack of 20 for £25-£30 and they're really effective, but whilst they look kinda cool in a gaming/music room, they'll look stupid most anywhere else.
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    • zoothornrollo
    • By zoothornrollo 13th Sep 17, 10:48 AM
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    Acoustic soundproofing tiles are dirt cheap, you'll get a pack of 20 for £25-£30 and they're really effective, but whilst they look kinda cool in a gaming/music room, they'll look stupid most anywhere else.
    Originally posted by Strider590
    Yeah but it's only a cupboard.
    There is acoustic plasterboard as well as acoustic celotex / kingspan, but that is expensive for what might not be a big issue.
    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 13th Sep 17, 11:19 AM
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    You really need mass for soundproofing; stuff like compressed fibreglass batts.

    As long as the floor is stable, it shouldn't be too noisy.
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