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FAQ: Open Office Noise Reduction - How Can This Work?

Open Office Noise Reduction


At Audimute, people frequently ask us if there is any way to provide open office noise reduction, and the answer is yes! Take the question from one of our customers below as an example:

Q: I work in a space that has several offices in which people are always talking on the phone and to students in person, causing a lot of open office noise. If doors are open or people are talking in the halls, sound just bounces off all of the parallel walls. There are very few sound absorbing things are in this area. What can we do to keep the noise down other than get a few plants and a few pillows on the couch?

A: Too much noise pollution can be distracting and increase stress levels. Introducing sound masking materials can soften open office noise, create a productive environment, and give individuals more cubicle privacy.

The simplest open office noise reduction solution would be acoustic panels. Acoustic panels placed around your office will help to reduce the reflection of sound off of the wall, in turn lowering the sound pressure levels in the room and stopping loud echoes and reverberations. In other words, these will help to make your space quieter and less chaotic sounding.

The general rule of thumb for an office space is to have 10-20% of your treatable wall surface treated with panels. You also want to have panels placed in areas that are going to be most beneficial, such as close to office doors and around desks. When installing these panels, try to place them about 3-6' off the floor – this is where most of the sound is both generated and heard so it will make the biggest impact on the sound.

For large scale applications such as this, we offer acoustic panel starter kits for both standard and large room sizes and deluxe package options. These bulk kits make purchasing a range of sizes easier and more affordable.

Audimute Acoustic Panels are designed for commercial and residential spaces. Acoustic Art Panels are available in standard and custom color prints, fabrics, and sizes that look great in any application. Call an Audimute Acoustic Specialist today at (866) 505-MUTE to discuss the best acoustic approach for your space.

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Office Spaces That We Love

Ever wonder what it’s like to work at one of the top companies in the world? We do. That’s why we are giving you the inside look to what some of Forbes 100 best companies office spaces look like!

 

great offices

 

1. Acuity 


An insurance company based in Wisconsin, brings to life world class art, provides a free onsite gym for employees, zip lines for the adventurous innovators and an indoor Ferris wheel. Sound too good to be true? Just take a look for yourself.

 

Acuity Office

 

2. Adobe Systems


Family time is precious” at Adobe, where they just launched a new 42+ week paid leave for families to take time to for their kids. On top of that, they offer indoor rock walls, a gourmet kitchen with chefs working around the clock, a full basketball court and even a quidditch arena!

 

Adobe Office

 

3.  Autodesk


Encouraged to take 20 minute naps at work, Autodesk offers conference rooms with swinging tables, treadmill desks where you can work and workout at the same time, themed office spaces and a rooftop break area. 

 

Swinging desk

 

4. Google


An adult playground, Google offers themed lounge rooms, swim in place pools with a lifeguard, massage therapists and multiple pool tables. Don’t forget to stop by their gourmet kitchen where Google offer’s their employees three free meals a day. 

 

 

5. Hyland Software


Located in Westlake, OH, Hyland Software offers FWAs, also known as flexibly work arrangements, where you are trusted to pick the hours you work that best fit your personal lifestyle. Maintain FWA while playing a pickup game of basketball on Hyland’s indoor or outdoor basketball courts or use the free fitness center. Then go to one of their onsite massage therapists, barber shop or the beak room where cushy recliners are located and ocean, calming music plays for some R and R.

 

Hyland Software

 

6. Quicken Loans 


Headquartered in Detroit, MI, Quicken Loans offer pool tables for employee breaks, repurposed bank vaults for meeting rooms, Grand Prix Big Wheel races and a themed Cleveland Cavaliers basketball court.

 

Quicken Loans

 

7. Twitter


Located in the heart of San Francisco, Twitter’s newly designed headquarters features an 800 foot rooftop outdoor space with seating areas, corn hole and a freshly mowed lawn. Directly below that is a cafeteria where daily menus are posted offering anything from #comfort food to #birdseed type products.

 

Twitter

 

8. Zappos


Viva Las Vegas! Not only will you get be submerged in historic Vegas, but you’ll also find yourself lost in the ball pin along with the lifeguard camel. Take time to relax on the 6th floor in the fishbowl room, enjoy themed conference rooms, indoor snow sledding, pinewood derby races and Christmas parties for the homeless.

 

Zappos

 

9. Capital One Financial


Coffee anyone? Stop by Capital One Financial headquarters for a sweet visit to their onsite coffee and café, free gym facilities and transparent meeting rooms.

 

Capital One

 

10. Airbnb


It’s all about traveling at Airbnb. Travel the world in one work day with the help of Airbnb’s country themed coffee cafes. Need some downtime? Contact the management team to receive a travel voucher for your “hotel” accommodations or escape to one of the company’s work space areas designed to match any mood.

 

Airbnb

 

Looking to update your office space? Check out Audimute’s Acoustic Panels, Ceiling Clouds and Baffles and Acoustic Tiles to modernize your office interior!

 

Resources:

  1. Glassdoor.com
  2. Forbes.com