Using drapes, carpets, blankets / comforters / duvets as room treatment

this forum says ‘other’, so I’m posting. :wink:

I have some idea’s bouncing around my head that I would like to get your thoughts and expertise on.

my bedroom has unusual dimensions. it is 7ft wide by 21ft long. I have my work office at what we’ll call the front end, where there is a window, which we’ll call the front. it’s on the 7ft wall. coming in from there 11ft there is the door into the room. behind / past that is the portion I have my queen bed and stuff. I would like to talk about the space my office takes up and what can be done, on the sly / cheap to make it sound better and protect the neighbours in the downstairs suite.

speakers are Kanto YU6 and I have their SUB8.

you can usually get lots of these kinds of blankets for cheap from thrift stores (wool army surplus) or 2nd hand shops, etc. and depending, if you do it right, can make things look good to (thinking afghan carpets).

You’re on the right track in my opinion. I’ve always been of the unpopular opinion that you can make carpet on walls look good, so you might want to give that a try. More cushion leads to better dampening, but don’t go crazy as that might ruin the sound for you. Let me know what you end up doing, I’m curious as to how you solve this!

Also books, picture frames made of wood with cloth paintings in them, and other sound absorbing items of different sizes and proportions. Don’t go too crazy or worry too much tho, most of us do not have equipment good enough or sensitive enough to require this much effort. I have recently visited some sound-demo rooms, with equipment in excess of $200K per room and even their sound deadening material and tricks were minimal. If you have no idea where your reflections or phase shifts are coming from or what they sound like personally i think it’s wasted effort. Why worry about a problem you don’t even know you have? Unless someone points out a flaw in my system and explains to me what is wrong i just enjoy listening to it until enlightened. I’m basically saying unless your ear is trained and you know what you are listening for, don’t stress it too much.

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