Music Room Flooring

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  1. Tiboy

    Tiboy Well-Known Member

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    I’m converting my unused formal living room into a music room. The house is a center hall colonial. So the room will be open at the foyer and open into the dinning room.

    Gear includes a Marshall VM and 412, Marshall SV and 212, Kemper and FRFR 212, PA on a pole and a baby grand piano. Guitars will be hung on the walls.

    Should I go hardwood flooring or carpeting?
     
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    Hardwood for reverb.
    Carpet for 'Virtual Audience' damping.
    Rugs for modular choice.
     
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    South Park Well-Known Member

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    So what does the rest of the house have
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Carpeting all the way, it will eliminate sound bouncing all over the place. Hang some carpet panels on the walls strategically will help too. Search through my threads I have one documenting my research when I built my music room if youre looking for ideas. :yesway:
     
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    Carpeting? no. Area rugs! :-D
     
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    Not an acoustician, but I would think hardwood where you can throw in rugs if needed would seem more versatile. Center hall colonial house? I'd be recording the hell out of that.. :D
     
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    I had my home built about 3 years ago. It has a designated music room and I could kick myself for not going with carpet. I went with real wood floors and area rugs. It looks great but it’s a nightmare when a drummer is added to the mix.

    If you go with wood floors then get ready to shop for acoustic panels for your ceilings and/or walls.

    Save money and go with carpet. Hardwood cost more and your gonna spend even more money and time picking out area rugs.
     
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    Shane, you hit the nail on the head regarding my thinking. If I go carpet I can also get a new guitar that I’ve been eying for less than the hardwood alone. Hardwood is more pleasing to the eye and presumably will be better when it comes time to sell and move to the nursing home or cemetery. The rest of the first floor is all hardwood.

    It’s highly unlikely that the room will ever see a real drummer. Drumming duties fall to the artificial through the pole mounted PA. Does that change the opinion?
     
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  10. Shane Stevenson

    Shane Stevenson Well-Known Member

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    Nope! My amps sound much much better in carpeted music rooms.

    I’m still planning on putting acoustic panels up to help because rugs don’t do that much. Proper sound proofing is very expensive.

    In the end I’m probably gonna carpet the room like I should have done to begin with.
     
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    that was a great thread. i dont know if it was finally finished or not though.
     
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    Yes it was, look it up its got plenty of pics. :yesway:
     
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    Whats the goal? Recording? Jamming? Playing and noodling?

    I've always dug the sound of playing in a room with hardwood floors, always sounds warmer and inviting. I have jammed in both, depending on the room size it can get a little hectic with a drummer (cymbals mostly) but full carpeted rooms/studios with acoustic deadner on the walls always made the room dead sounding (the point) I personally didn't dig it, room had no mojo.
     
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    got a title?
     
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    Yeah I didnt know what I was gonna do to build this room right and documented my journey learning how in that thread. And a big thanks to Vinny Moore, I was at his house about 10 years ago and he showed me his studio and explained how he built his, thats where I learned about the resilient channel. Vinnie is a cousin of a friend of mine thats how I met him. :yesway:
     
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    Went with hardwood flooring to match the adjacent areas. I’ll add area rugs if needed. The ultimate decision came down to potential resale value and the poor aesthetics of having carpeting in a room with two large openings. Thanks for all the input.
     
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    Rugs, rugs, rugs!
    Maybe some unnecessary curtains (on the walls) too.
    Hope you get the space working for you.
     

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