You want to place acoustic material in your house. But where is the best spot to put this? You are not the only one with this question. We have several materials you can use to make a room echo free. Think of walkway absorbers and microwave absorbers. We will tell you more in this article about the best spots in a room to put these plates to make it anechoic.
Acoustic panels on the wall or ceiling
Reverberation, “echo” or “sounding hollow” of a room is caused by reflections: the bounce of sound off the walls and off the ceiling and floor. Acoustic panels mute these sound reflections and thus reduce excessive reverberation in the home and workplace. It is best to hang both sound-absorbing wall panels and ceiling panels. This reduces unwanted reflections between the walls and between the floor and the ceiling. With two opposite walls you only have to hang these panels on one wall to reduce the reflections. With floor – ceiling reflections, the ceiling is the best place for sound-absorbing panels. Sometimes there is not enough space for acoustic panels on the wall and ceiling. In that case, you choose on the wall or on the ceiling, where there is room. For wall panels, choose a somewhat larger acoustic panel.
Creating “quiet zones”
Sound-absorbing materials such as acoustic wall panels and acoustic ceiling panels work best if you install them near where the sound is produced or where the reverberation or sound is experienced as disturbing.
If a room in the house or at work suffers from acoustic problems, you do not have to hang acoustic materials or acoustic panels everywhere in the room, but it is smart to create sound-absorbing zones and others where you can hear a little more reverberation . This means you don’t have to provide the entire room with acoustic material. Where the bad acoustics are experienced as disturbing and/or in the places where noise is made, then hang the acoustic panels for instance:
How much acoustic material or acoustic panels do I need?
Per room, or if you create zones, per zone, on average ¼ of the floor area of sound-absorbing materials makes a clearly audible difference. At ⅓ of that floor space it becomes a very good acoustic improvement.