I rented a small office to use as a workspace. For reference, it is only about 10’ * 8’ * 9’ with a window at the S end and a little 4’ * 2’ nook in the SW corner
Adjacent to the N wall is a hall and more offices, Adjacent to the E wall is another office. Adjacent to the W wall is an office being used for storage. Adjacent to the S is a busy street.
I stand or sit in the middle, facing a flatscreen on the E wall. I use the flatscreen as my monitor and control my PC using Speech Recognition and a Wii controller(!) (Seriously, holy shit you have to try this! But that’s for another thread ;))
Here’s how it looks, for reference:
Other Offices ---------- Hall -\d\--- | | | M T Other | e V Office | | ---win--|
The two potential sources of noise are:
[li]Me, I dictate to my computer all day, facing the TV on the E wall. I’m not too loud, think pleasant telephone voice.[/li][li]My music, from computer speakers against the E wall that face me (I would prefer not having to be limited to my headset if possible). Again not too loud and I mostly play ambient / meditatio type music, ie Brian Eno, Marconi Union etc, and some jazz. I do have a subwoofer and I would still like to be able to use it even if it needs to be mixed way down because the bass helps me focus.[/li][/ul]
What can I do to ensure I don’t disturb other people in the office?
I can do anything (put up acoustic wallpaper, paint, acoustic paneling, buy a new door, etc) but I’d rather not break the bank if possible.
Would acoustic panels on the N and E walls possibly be enough, or perhaps I should put up acoustic wallpaper on the E wall?
Anybody here have any experience in this sort of thing?
Thanks in advance for helping me not be that guy! (any more than this post has)