You didn't know you would need sound absorbers, huh?
So, wild guess...
The last thing on your mind when designing your space was what it would sound like. Correct?
I'm sure you thought through every little detail to create the right atmosphere, but when it was all done the hard echoey sound came as a large resonating surprise. Believe me. You are not the first, and you will not be the last.
Why? Because you are being set up for bad acoustics by these five interior trends:
#1 Open plan
#2 Hardwood floor
#3 minimalist furniture
#4 large windows
#5 slanted ceiling
Who doesn’t love grand airy spaces with large windows that bring in the view. Well, we Norwegians sure do, I can vouch for that. The downside is that it’s not as calming and inviting as you'd think, when every little sound resonates through the entire space..
When did having friends (or worse.. family) over for dinner become such a strain, huh? The echo in your space will vary, depending on the size, shape, materials, furniture, and I kid you not, the temperature. All the details play a part. So if the dinner table conversation has you all tense, and you're thinking it would be nice with a calmer space, here’s a few tips to help you out.
TEXTILES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND
Depending on your space, you might get away with luring some sound absorption into your regular decor. You'll do that with textiles and soft materials like:
This is the go to solution for everyone with large windows, but be careful. Not all curtains absorb sound. The lighter and airier the textile is, the less sound it absorbs. Make sure you choose a curtain that is designed to absorb sound well, and with an aw (absorption factor). of at least 0.3. Take a look at this acoustic curtain from Kvadrat as an example:
Bookshelves are great for spreading sound in different directions. This makes sounds die out faster than if it is reflected by a smooth surface. The thing is you do need to put books on them. Glass vases won’t help you out I’m afraid..
3. Soft furniture
The couch is great! Big and soft, it will absorb a lot of sound. Even low bass frequencies. You can also look for dining room chairs with soft cushions, or add an extra pouffe.
4. Cushions and blankets
I bet you cracked the code by now. Soft and thick textiles are the way to go, so naturally cushions and blankets are great for reducing echo. The question is, how many can you fit in without over crowding your couch?
5. Carpets - thick large and dense
If you are planning on getting a carpet to soften up those hardwood floors here's what you need to think of. Go for a carpet that is quite thick and dense. They definitely get rid of more echo than thinner ones made from hard materials.
BRING IN THE BIG GUNS
(aka sound absorbers)
If you’re all done decorating, and your space is still echoey, or you really don’t fancy curtains and cushions in the first place, it’s time to bring in the big guns, aka sound absorbers.
In the good old days, sound absorbers were only seen in music studios or concert halls. That’s why most of what’s on the market looks really boring and techie. Not exactly something you would love to hang in your living room. But then again sound absorbers are so much more effective than curtains and carpets. Here's an example.
But don’t worry, we’ve made it our mission to make both effective and gorgeous sound absorbers, so you can have that music studio quality and designer approved look at the same time.
Now, if you’re bringing in the big guns, you have few ways to go about it.
#1: Do it yourself
Are you one of those unicorns that actually know your way about room acoustics? Well, great! You are free to figure out what you need on your own. Our best tip to you is that you’ll find the acoustic performance of our products in the product sheets. Also, we are more than happy to help you out if you want to discuss your space, so feel free to get a room evaluation from us even though you might not need to ;)
#2: Try and see.
This is the classic approach. See if you find something you like in our store, try it out and see if it’s enough. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.
What we can not guarantee is that you will get the right amount for your space. A space often needs more sound absorption than you'd think, meaning you’ll most likely get too little. That means that even though sound is absorbed, it's not enough for you to really experience the effect. The solution then is simply to get some more absorbers until you’re happy.
#3: Let us do the math for you
If you have no idea where to start, and you don’t like to wing it, we do have a third option. We’re not fans of guesswork either. When you ask us what your space needs, we want to be able to give you a proper answer. That’s why we’ll help you do the math, no matter how small your project is. All you have to do is book a free (seriously no strings attached, so why wouldn't you?) room evaluation here: