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Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by CurtJ, Jan 22, 2006.
Is there a way to soundproff pocket doors or is this a really bad idea for a dedicated room?
really bad idea. I won't say it's impossible, but it would be very difficult/expensive. I've never seen it done. At a minimum you would end up with something like a sliding glass door, rather than a typical pocket door.
I think you can get a pretty good result if you used two doors separated by an airspace sliding opposite directions.
How about putting in 2 french doors? I just want to open up the room to my bar area when I have football parties ect...
If you have space to swing 2 french doors, I think that is a better way to go. There are some nice exterior french doors available.
If it's not airtight, it's not soundproof. There's no way pocket doors are going to be soundproof. I suspect that you would have the same problem with french doors, along with most all interior doors. They don't seal the airspace around them.
In my old aparment I had a pocket door from my bedroom to the bathroom. Not only was it not soundproof (not a problem) It provided a "tunnel" for sound from below me to travel upstairs. That single wall took an apartment that was mostly soundproof, and destroyed any hope of sound isolation.
In my theater, I have a solid wood esterior door, with an exterior door threshold and frame, and it's _still_ the weak spot in my soundproofing.
If you are:
1. Willing to deal with _some_ sound transmission.
2. Willing to get exterior french doors.
3. Willing to do a good, tight install job.
Then I think you will be fine.
You might want to add some soundproofing to your bar area so that sound that escapes the theater won't leak from there to the rest of the house.