I host my brother for the weekends sometimes and he sleeps in the basement. There is a doorway by the stairs down to the basement, but there is no door of any kind there.
As such, when he's sleeping down there, he can hear all the noise on the main floor.
I want to put up some sort of sound-blocker, like a door or something to make the basement a more livable guest room. However, I don't really want to hire someone to install a door there, I don't think the space is so conducive to installing a "normal" door, and I don't want a door there the rest of the year when I'm not using it as a guest-room.
Thoughts I had:
Install an accordion door in the doorway. The problem with that is (a) when the accordion door is "open" it will still block a bunch of the doorway, such that you'd have to walk through it sideways, (b) this would have to be a permanent installation.
Using a removable pole/rod (like a rod on shelf pole holders that let you put the rod on and off) across the top of the doorway and hang some sort of curtain to block the doorway. I think this is a better idea, because it's much more temporary - I could just take the pole out of the wall and the doorway returns to normal.
The questions I have are:
- Do you have a better idea about how to block sound from going to the basement?
- If you like the curtain idea, what kind of curtain would I need to get, to best block sound? Meaning:
- what material/type of product would I need to get as a curtain?
- Also, how could I make the best type of seal, while still being able to open and close the curtain.