Rooms with bare walls and hard surfaces often leave the inhabitants distracted with a ringing sound known as flutter echoes. This phenomena comes to life when sound waves bounce off the walls, ceiling and floor making it nearly impossible to have a conversation in the room especially if it is crowded.
Parallel walls make the problem even worse. These walls allow sound waves to bounce back and forth repeatedly causing distorted and blurry sound in the room.
Long rooms and tall ceilings can also add to the severity of your echo problem along with wood flooring and open layouts.
Luckily there are some simple actions you can take to to solve your issue!
- Use large furniture and objects like bookcases in the room to help absorb noise. Upholstered furniture will absorb noise rather than bouncing the sound waves back. Bookcases filled with objects add absorption and diffusion to help eliminate flutter echoes.
- Place a large rug on bare floors if no carpet to stop sound waves from bouncing off the floor. The bigger the better and the thicker the better. Time to bust out the old shag carpet my friends!
- Hang art or tapestries on parallel interior walls to eliminate standing waves and distorted sounds. Thick textiles work great for absorbing large amounts of sound because of their higher density and softness.
- Hang drapes and curtains over the windows. Windows will reflect sound causing echoes so placing thick plush curtains over the windows is a no brainer. If you install blinds instead of curtains make sure to use fabric and not to use plastic or aluminum because they will reflect sound and not absorb it.
- Use acoustic absorption panels to add additional sound dampening if needed. Our acoustic foam panels are formulated specifically for sound absorption and echo elimination. Place the panels the walls or ceiling. With many different colors to choose from and various styles you are sure to find a solution for you.
Not sure how much acoustic foam you need? Try using our Acoustic Foam Room Calculator!