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Old 3 weeks ago
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Placing home studio underneath ladder bed?

Hello! I am currently living in a dorm room (19sq meters) and have a large ladder bed (measurements around W150, L200, H160). I was thinking about putting my studio desk underneath it and then closing off one side with acoustic panels to create a “room in a room” kind of effect. My goal is to get a better space for rough mixing and sound design, I have a studio I can borrow for final mixes.

(Translation for non-metric users: 150cm = 59”, 160cm=63”, 200cm=79”)

Since the “roof” under the bed is wood and a thick mattress upwards I figured that it would help to deaden the sound a bit? And I could then put a acoustic wall on the left side that’s open to close it off into a symmetric area with treated walls both left and right.

Area underneath the bed: https://m.imgur.com/FsZlgGhhttps://m.imgur.com/FsZlgGh

The left side of the area that will be closed off with a wall to create symmetry: https://m.imgur.com/xFkqdzL

My question is if the very low roof under the bed (160cm) would be detrimental to the acoustics. And if the concept with a room in a room would even work when I won’t close off the “backside” of the bed(the one facing out to the room).

Side note is that all the corners and walls will be/are already treated with panels/bass traps, this question is if it would be a good thing to have the spot underneath the bed or if it’s better to have it out in the open.

Appreciate all answers!
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Hi! I actually lived in a very similar situation in New York City for a little while. (Classic NYC mini-bedroom in an apartment, just wide and long enough for one bunk bed, one dresser, and a closet.) I had my desk and recording rig under the bunk bed, and of course that's far from an ideal situation for actual monitoring and mixing, but it made a very serviceable iso booth for recording overdubs, which I did there quite a bit.

I didn't do any real heavy-duty mixing there (I'm primarily a composer and instrumentalist anyway, I'm not a "real" engineer) but I did mix plenty of demos and a few commercial/TV projects that ended up doing pretty well! It can certainly work if you're resourceful and take your whole situation into account. It worked fine for my workflow anyway since I tend to monitor pretty quietly on loudspeakers and refer plenty often to headphones as well.
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Hi! I actually lived in a very similar situation in New York City for a little while. (Classic NYC mini-bedroom in an apartment, just wide and long enough for one bunk bed, one dresser, and a closet.) I had my desk and recording rig under the bunk bed, and of course that's far from an ideal situation for actual monitoring and mixing, but it made a very serviceable iso booth for recording overdubs, which I did there quite a bit.

I didn't do any real heavy-duty mixing there (I'm primarily a composer and instrumentalist anyway, I'm not a "real" engineer) but I did mix plenty of demos and a few commercial/TV projects that ended up doing pretty well! It can certainly work if you're resourceful and take your whole situation into account. It worked fine for my workflow anyway since I tend to monitor pretty quietly on loudspeakers and refer plenty often to headphones as well.
Thanks for the response Progger, cool to hear! It is more to be able to do sound design rather than heavy duty mixing so I’m in the same boat! Do you remember if you experienced any weird effects from having the ceiling so low, or did it just deaden the sound like I suppose a mattress would? Thanks again!
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I don't really remember anything acoustically weird other than the very dead sound. The sound was quite dead indeed, as you can imagine, and not just from the mattress: having all my belongings, as few as they were, crammed into that tiny room made for a lot of sound absorption. Far from ideal, but I made it work by keeping volume pretty low and checking on headphones regularly for an alternate perspective.

The way I always thought about it was essentially like... so much great art has been made under far-from-ideal circumstances. Make the most of the resources you have available, take the time to dial things in and develop your ideas as thoroughly as possible, good things can happen!
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I don't really remember anything acoustically weird other than the very dead sound. The sound was quite dead indeed, as you can imagine, and not just from the mattress: having all my belongings, as few as they were, crammed into that tiny room made for a lot of sound absorption. Far from ideal, but I made it work by keeping volume pretty low and checking on headphones regularly for an alternate perspective.

The way I always thought about it was essentially like... so much great art has been made under far-from-ideal circumstances. Make the most of the resources you have available, take the time to dial things in and develop your ideas as thoroughly as possible, good things can happen!
Thanks for the thoughtful insights! I really appreciate it. I will go ahead and try it out, that also sounds like a great mindset to have when working on most things essentially. Have a great day my friend!
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