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    Default Sound absorbers

    As with most houses here, we have cement walls and ceilings and ceramic tile floors. Add in that the ceilings are high for airflow, the acoustics in our house are terrible!! The TV has to be blaring. You can't hear the person speaking across the table. And if you drop something or even while you are stacking dishes, the sound is multiplied and amplified. What a racket!!

    No, I don't want to put down rugs or heavy curtains (what's the point of living in Paradise if you can't look out the windows to see it?!&#128536

    Any suggestions or things that have worked for you?

    THANKS!!

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    You've ruled out the easiest ways to baffle the sound. You can use curtains and keep them pulled to the side so you can still look out. You can also put paintings on the wall, the canvas will help. Or go old school and put tapestries up.

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    Know anywhere to get tapestries on the North Coast?

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    The best thing to do is add a few sound panels to stop the bouncing of sound waves.
    Look on youtube for diy sound absorption. Basically , you will need to build a frame safe 2ft x 4ft out of light lumber, (1x3,1x4)fill with insulatio, then cover in fabric. You can build 2 for a big room and hang or attach to the wall/corner or free stand with legs.
    This will stop the bounce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjt96 View Post
    Know anywhere to get tapestries on the North Coast?
    Tapestries are essentially rugs, they should be everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derfish View Post
    In Michigan we had somewhat the same problem. Don't know where to find the ceiling tiles here though, sorry.
    Over time they would soak up moisture like a sponge. Go with tapestries.

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    We moved the tv to a smaller room and now have a den instead of third bedroom. We have 3 wall hangings (made out of 54 inch width material). One on one wall and 2 side by side on the longer wall. Very easy to put up. The other 2 walls have windows.

    Not only is the room much smaller than the living room but the ceiling is lower although vaulted. The sound quality is much much better and we are able to hear the tv without it blaring and echoing. It is cozy in the den and I do like a living room without a tv.

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    Put carpets on the walls, like they used to in old England in the castles ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlise View Post
    Put carpets on the walls, ...
    .... or plaster them with egg cartons.

    I know... but highly effective and cheap....

    donP

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