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Open home floor plans create a natural flow throughout the home that makes each room feel versatile, open, and more spacious than it actually is. This type of floor plan is great for people that entertain often, want a lot of natural light in the home, or for families with children that need supervision. While there’s many advantages, the large reflective surfaces in an open floor plan can create many acoustical problems. Keep reading for tips on how to soundproof an open home floor plan.
Breaking up those large, reflective surfaces in an open floor plan with softer, breathable materials is an effective way to soundproof. Drapes, curtains, and tapestries are just some ideas of these types of items. For added acoustical improvement, a soundproofing curtain like The AcousticCurtain™ doesn’t only absorb sound, but actually defects sound waves away from your space. It also blocks more than 99% of outside light, for those times that you don’t want the full amount of natural light coming into the room from your open floor plan.
While open floor plans are deigned to make all rooms feel open and connected, sometimes you just need to have your own space. If you’re trying to relax, work, or sleep and sound traveling throughout the home is disturbing you, consider soundproofing your doors. The AcoustiDoor™ is a sound-blocking panel that hangs over the door and can be easily retracted when not in use. When you want to enjoy the openness of your home, you can roll it up and keep the door open. For those times that you need some separation or quiet, you’ll be able to enjoy your room without hearing everything going on in the rest of the home. This allows you to separate spaces when necessary while still having the benefits of an open home floor plan.
With big rooms comes big sound problems! Sound waves can easily bounce around large, open spaces with hard, reflective surfaces. This can be combatted by having as many absorbing materials in the space as possible. Hard floors such as wood or tile allow noise to bounce off of them, while carpeting or large area rugs absorbs those sound waves. Thick and plush decorative items such as pillows, blankets, and drapes can also help to absorb some of this excess noise. Fabric furniture, rather than leather which is a reflective material, is a better idea for open home floor plans.
Echo and reverberation can be a huge problem in open floor plans because there is so much wide open space. To trap and contain sound waves rather than leaving them to bounce around the room, absorption panels can be mounted on the wall. They minimize echo and eliminate background noise, greatly improving the speech intelligibility and acoustical quality of the space. They can be fabric wrapped, finished with a custom art finish, or used as a cork or pin board in order to be aesthetically pleasing to the space.
With these tips, it is possible to enjoy the many advantages of of an open home floor plan without having to deal with the disadvantage of sound problems. If any of these tips helped you transform the atmosphere of your open home, let us know in the comments below!