For restaurants, companies, or any other type of organization with more or less activity, the acoustic comfort is an important part in your rooms. Absorbing noise is one of the main issue for the working spaces, where the well-being of employees and clients is extremely important.
Who never spent an uncomfortable time in a restaurant because it was too loud? Or had a headache because the co-working space was too noisy?
For every one comfort, laws exist to make the working noise regulated. In this article we will focus on how make the acoustic comfort optimal.
The main acoustic problems’ causes:
The noise problems felt in a room come mostly from the noise reverberation.
To understand the noise reverberation phenomenon, try to imagine a bouncing ball that you throw in a room’s corner. This ball will keep bouncing for a long time across all the room walls until it completely stop. The sound works the same way (voices, phone rings, printer…), when it faces a wall, a window, the ceiling or the floor, it will bounce to another one for a few seconds. It’s what is called “echo” or “reverb effect”.
From this basics, 5 primordial elements have to be taken into consideration to do an acoustic diagnosis:
- The floor type
- The ceiling height and type
- The walls nature and the glazed surfaces
- The room dimensions
- The furnishing of the room
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#1. Fit an absorbing floor
No room for floor tiles and parquet, choose a lovely carpeted floor!
Furthermore, in term of acoustic, the smooth and hard floors are not the best option. To reduce the noise in a room, nothing is better than the carpeted floor. It considerably reduce the reverberation time of the sound, absorbing an important part of it before it keeps moving.
Theatres, concerts rooms, hotels… Have you already notice it was made with carpet, even on the walls sometimes?
If you can’t totally remade your floors, you can try a XXL carpet. Even movable carpets reduce considerably the reverb effect in a room.
#2: Choose an acoustic ceiling
Even with the right floor, it won’t absorb all the noises.
You have a high ceiling height?
You risk to have a bad acoustic in this room. Like in big spaces, ceiling height will act on the reverberation time. It’s the case of loft accommodations or industrial buildings.
To absorb the noise in this type of rooms, think about suspend acoustic produtcs.
Fitting some acoustic panels or objects suspended to the ceiling will highly modify the room’s acoustic. Some products are also truly decorative, they can make you spaces totally unique.
You have a false ceiling?
Even with a low ceiling with “ties”, the sound reverberation can be strong in an office.
In this case, we are advising to add acoustic ceiling tiles that will correct the sound in a room, with adding a unique decorative solution.
You just have to replace the existing ceiling tiles by acoustic tiles to create a new image of your room.
#3 Decorate your walls
Nothing is better for a bad acoustic than smooth and empty walls, we tend to forget to decorate offices or other open spaces, letting this places open for reverberation. The sound wave will bound on every surface without any obstacles.
One of the most efficient solution is to decorate your walls with usual frames or/and with acoustic panels. The acoustic panels are offering an effective sound correction. Tested with an acoustic nature, the panel keeps the sound inside its structure and reduce the reverb effect.
For the decorative aspect, a lot of colors, forms and finished exist so you can create a unique atmosphere related with your companies values. Neutral shades or colored, printed panels with the image of your choice, rectangular or triangular or even 3D finish, you can do everything you want with the acoustic panels.
This solution is adapted to a lot of organizations: restaurants, hotels, traditional companies… It is for everyone taste.
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#4 Structure your spaces:
Big rooms or places are the most problematic subject in term of acoustic. When it reach a certain surface, the reverb effect becomes really strong. To keep these big spaces, and not having to create smaller rooms in it, the movable screens and acoustic panels are your best options. It’s the solution to structure spaces, and it also absorb the noise in your rooms.
Flexible and modular, the movable screens structure and can mitigate the sound reverberation. They are easy to fit, and can be fix to each other, in any place in a room to create smaller and comfortable spaces in a big room. Having different finishes, sides and colors make the movable screens and acoustic panels are also a decorative solution. They are entirely customizable to offer multiple options.
Thus, we can create different spaces in a restaurant for more intimacy, in a nursery to create space, or in open spaces offices for the welfare of the employees.
Do you want to reduice noise in a room ?
#5 Furnish your room
Do you remember the day when you visited an empty accommodation? Every sound was boucing and coming back to you, creating a big echo. When you furnished it, there was no echo anymore.
It goes the same way in a big reverberating room, when it’s furnished, the sound reverberation goes lower. We can add cabinet, chairs, curtains to a room… Trendy furnish and materials so that every square meter used is benefic for your room’s acoustic.
You understood it, there are many solutions that can be used to treat the noise in a room. Floors, walls, ceiling… The important thing is to correct the sound using the walls, then the space for an optimal sound correction.
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