We’re in the midst of building trends that include glass conference rooms, open air offices, and homes with vaulted ceilings. From a sound perspective, you’re dealing with highly reflective surfaces and echo-filled surfaces. Add a hardwood floor or a conference table and you’ve got a smorgasbord of sound mirrors.
Glass conference rooms have style: the fishbowl look is in. From outside, you can gaze in as important things are happening right before your eyes but you can’t hear. Unfortunately, neither can the people inside. It’s a party of sound, that if visible, would look like a million of those drug-store bouncy balls ricocheting from wall to ceiling to floor to table: one of those bouncy balls for every syllable uttered.
So we’ve got a room full of chaotic sound and stylish glass walls that you don’t want. That leaves two surfaces to acoustically treat: floor and ceiling – and we highly recommend that you treat them both! Throw down a carpet, throw rug, something to absorb sound (and crumbs). Hardwood on your mind? Consider anti-vibration padding below your flooring to absorb the clicks and clacks of shoes and the rolling chairs. We’ve looked beneath our feet – now look up. You’ve got an expanse of space waiting to be acoustically treated and control that bouncing sound. Acoustic ceiling clouds are acoustic panels that hang from the ceiling, rather than on the wall. Bring a sunny day or a galaxy to your conference room with an image you pick, or blend in with your ceiling for a barely imperceptible acoustic ceiling treatment. The possibilities are endless.
How have you treated your glass-walled areas?