So, you’ve got a roommate (or two. Or more). And you’ve got some sex. How does one master the art of roommate sex etiquette? I have some ideas. (And no, I’m not referring to having sex with your roommates. I think that’s a bad idea, but that’s a whole other article.) Here are my tips to ensure non-awkward, sexy times.

If you’re vocal, put some music on in the background.

Or a TV show. Or something, anything. There’s nothing more awkward than a silent apartment punctuated by the sounds of your roommate getting it on. If you know you’re going to be doing it, put on some music, or any kind of background noise. It’s the polite thing to do.

Give your roommate a head’s up.

If possible, let your roomie know you’re bringing someone over, to avoid any awkward, “Who the hell is this guy in my hallway?” moments. I’m not saying you have to put a sock or tie on your doorknob, but it’s always nice to let your roomie know when you’re having guests.

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Be mindful of the time.

If it’s super late, try to keep the noise to a minimum, and I don’t mean just sex noises. I mean from entering the apartment to making the “hooray-we’re-gonna-do-it-shuffle” down to the bedroom. No one wants to be woken up at 3 AM when they have work tomorrow morning just because you’re getting some.

Do not bother your roommate.

Unless something is on fire, do not knock on their door, text them, or try to contact them in any way. It’s got to be really urgent in order to justify you ruining their sexy times. If they’re loud, wear earplugs and talk to them about it in the morning. Just don’t bother them, and ESPECIALLY do not barge in. You’d think most people would know that. You’d be surprised.

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Embrace the awkwardness.

Don’t make your roommate feel too badly if you hear a sex noise every now and then. Living together comes with its share of challenges, and it’s totally okay to have sex, so just embrace the whole awkwardness of the situation.

Don’t pester your roommate for details.

Maybe you’re the kind of person who thrives on some good gossip and/or you’re friends with your roomie and want all the deets. But don’t pester them for details. They may not feel like talking about it. And certainly don’t ask the night (or afternoon, hey, it happens) of. Wait until the next day, and see if they feel like sharing. If they don’t, don’t feel bad or take it personally.

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What tips can you offer for good roommate sex etiquette?

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