In the good old days, echoing didn’t seem to be such a big issue for homeowners – wall-to-wall carpeting, upholstered furniture and 8′ ceilings made a big difference in the sound absorption of a space. However, echoing seems to be a common complaint these days and there are a few reasons for this… Here’s what contributes to it and how to reduce echo in a room.
Carpet absorbs CONSIDERABLY more sound than hard surfaces, particularly on stairs and in rooms with high ceilings.
It’s the stadium effect…
While leather and vinyl are ‘soft surfaces’ their sound-absorbing features are far different from fabric. And the room above has a double-whammy with vaulted ceilings and leather.
Again, fabrics absorb sound, wood and metal do not.
It’s the soft surfaces in your home that absorb the sound waves – the hard surfaces bounce them around worse than double-d’s on a jog. While it’s best to conquer acoustics when your home is being built, it’s most often too late for that (you know, by like 40 or 50 years) so read on my friend!
Furniture that is upholstered in fabric. While it’s okay to have some leather, it’s the fabric pieces that will actually absorb the noise that’s thrown at them, rather than bouncing it back.
When it comes to area rugs – the bigger it is and the more dense/long the fibre is, the more sound it will absorb. As will wall-to-wall carpeting.
And while these sheers (shown below) won’t absorb as much sound as more thick, dense drapes, they are better than nothing. Combined with the area rug they will definitely help to dampen any noise.
While PVC or aluminium blinds are more affordable, they will do nothing for the acoustics in a room. Check out pleated, cellular and roman blinds for more sound absorption.
Best placed in corners to slow down the sound that is bounced off the walls. Even a fake plant can help!
If you have a leather sofa, adding toss cushions can help absorb some sound. You’ll probably need to add a throw blanket as well, as cushions tend to slide on leather!
Phone : 1300 722 825 or 02 9550 2900
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : https://www.acousticaprojects.com.au/