Homeowners these days are becoming more aware of the importance of sound quality. To achieve comfort and relaxation right in their own abode, they start embracing ways to improve sound controls. Of course, when you are exposed to an environment surrounded by noise, you only feel stressed – and this is the last thing you want to experience at home.
Acoustic walls are now being installed in homes and other building structures to improve sound quality in these spaces. At the same time, there are ways in which you can make acoustic conditions in your home much better, and these include:
1. Triangulate your furniture.
Furniture pieces, particularly the sofa and couch, are bulky enough to serve as alternative sound absorbers. You can arrange them in a triangular fashion especially when they are facing the television or home theatre system, so that the soundwaves would concentrate within this area and not spread across the room.
You may also want to arrange other furniture pieces in such a way that they tend to distort the manner the soundwaves travel in the room.
2. Draw the curtains.
Aside from strategizing your furniture arrangement, it helps that you draw your curtains. Since sound waves can pass through walls and glass, they can be heard from the outside. If your walls are not yet insulated to hamper the travel of sound, it would help to draw the curtains as they are made of fabrics that can absorb sound.
Curtains that are thick enough to absorb sound should be placed in rooms where most sound activities are being held, such as entertainment rooms, home office, and bedroom, among others. This way, it becomes safer to conduct sound activities in these areas, particularly when these need to be done in confidence.
3. Insulate the walls.
Insulating the walls are recommended in dedicated rooms or parts of the house. Insulation can be done by installing acoustic walls, as these walls help mitigate sounds from passing through walls and being heard from the outside.
Acoustic walls and panels are specially made to control sound by means of either reflecting or absorbing the sound waves. You can choose which type of acoustic walling to use depending on your room’s requirements.
For instance, if you are using your bedroom as a home studio, then you need an acoustic wall that absorbs the noise and reverberation rather than one that reflects it. This helps improve the different aspects of sound quality, turning the sounds you make more comfortable to the ears.
4. Invest in a noise barrier.
Noise barriers are walls that also reflect or absorb sound, but are more into addressing sounds coming from outdoor sources. Outdoor noise is something you cannot easily control since its source is far from you (at times you don’t even know where the noise is coming from).
Constructing a noise barrier reflects the sounds coming from outside, such as traffic and passing cars, neighbours playing loud music, and many other inaudible acoustics that affect the ambiance of your home. While they cannot fully get rid of the noise, these barriers can significantly reduce the level of outdoor noise that you hear inside your home.