In the previous blog, we discussed sound absorption and its characteristics. In this part, we’ll check out some of the best sounds absorbing materials that can be easily incorporated in your designs.
Sound absorbing methods are now gaining limelight as most research shows how it may help in increasing employee productivity. Here are some of the best materials and their characteristics that you can choose according to your needs.
Acoustic Fabric Panels:
The acoustic fabric panels are made of wooden frames that are wrapped in a fabric, which is responsible for sound absorption. Along with the wooden frames, some other sound absorbers like high-density fiberglass, or foam are also wrapped. These materials are known to provide superior sound absorption by controlling echo and reverberation. Acoustic Fabric Panels are usually available in a wide range of colors hence adding to aesthetics of the office space.
Acoustic Foam Board:
Acoustic foam board is one of the most used materials while providing acoustic solutions. These boards are cheap and easy to install. The foam board usually is covered in a fabric that is attractive with beautiful designs and patterns. The acoustic foam board works best when installed in a medium or small office space. The foam panels are available in mostly three forms: convoluted foam panels, aluminum-facing panels, and fabric-covered foam panels. These panels can be customized as per design enhancing the overall beauty of the office interior.
Partitions are the barrier between the workstation in the front and on the sides of the employee for extra privacy. Adding acoustic material to these partitions will increase employee's concentration. Acoustic partitions are usually 100% polyester and serve different purposes based on their weight. Lightweight ones can be used to divide a room and create a separate space as they are easy to move around. The heavyweights are usually used as a wall partition. Acoustic partitions are available in different sizes and colors, which is perfect for restaurants, homes, offices, etc.
Underlying Sound Absorbers:
Underlying sound absorbers could be foam, vinyl, or rubber. These are dense materials that are fitted between subflooring (which is usually concrete or plywood) and flooring. They not only provide sound absorption but also provide soundproofing. Underlying sound absorbers are available in various forms like foam, plywood and felt. They make the sound much softer and works well in reducing footsteps.
Hanging baffles are not one of the most pleasing solutions for sound absorption but are worth trying as it still manages to decrease the echo sound in the room. They are very appealing and adds an aesthetic sense to your office space. Hanging baffles are easy to install as all you need to do is- hanging them through chains and hooks. It opts as a perfect option when you don’t have enough wall space in the office.
Want to go for some green solutions? Well, as the name suggests, cotton batts are made from natural cotton fibers. The cotton batts are softer than other materials and have a low possibility of contact germ infection. As this material is friendly to the human skin, it is in high demand for people with children, play schools and nursery schools.
Selecting sound absorbers depends completely on your requirements and the size of your office space. Understanding your requirements and studying the materials properly will surely help you to get the best solution for sound problems. So which one do you think fits best for you?