How to Soundproof Your Office and Reduce Noise DistractionsJanuary 9, 2018
Noise is one of the major workplace issues plaguing offices around the world, no matter the layout, no matter the design concept. Cramming a bunch of people together with little chance of privacy or separation might be a good solution for boosting employee cooperation and it certainly corresponds with the latest interior design trends.
However, you also need to introduce some contemporary noise canceling solutions into your office space in order to make this popular concept work. Here are the top five effective ways to help you soundproof your office and reduce noise distractions.
Introduce “soft” flooring
First things first, does your office floor scream in agony every time a heel stomps across the room? Does it squeak and ache all day long as people are moving about from desk to desk, moving their chairs, and running to make their meetings? You need a better floor.
Noisy, hard flooring surfaces such as wood, ceramic, and porcelain might look nice, but they are not meant to decorate a hectic office environment. Instead, opt for a more subtle flooring option, such as a carpet, or even better, vinyl flooring as it’s easier to maintain and it absorbs sounds quite effectively. Add the right amount of rubber underlayment and you will cancel out the stomping noise almost completely.
Dedicate quiet areas
One of the best ways you can counteract the free, open feel of a modern office design is to dedicate quiet areas in certain spots people can take their work to, in order to enjoy some productive alone time. Everyone needs a breather every once in a while so don’t hesitate to section out a piece of the office with sound-proof glass walls.
There are two ways you can approach this concept: common quiet areas, and individual quiet areas. Bear in mind that with common silent areas you will need to enforce some strict no talking, ringing, or running rules.
Don’t forget the furniture
Believe it or not, furniture plays a key role in the level of noise your office space produces, and one of the best ways to reduce noise distractions on a daily basis is to introduce some sound-friendly furniture. This means everything from chairs with bottom paddings to cozy sofas in your common and creativity areas.
These are excellent in bringing forth the aesthetics of the room, and more importantly, they don’t produce a lot of noise when the place is crowded. Think about introducing beanbag chairs as well in your lounge areas.
Add acoustic wall panels
Another great way to ensure peace and positivity flow through the office space is to outfit your walls with noise reduction panels. Pay special attention to your conference room and other areas where peace and quiet are of the utmost importance in order for great ideas to come to life.
An added benefit of acoustic panels is that they come in a wide range of design options, so you are bound to find a design that corresponds perfectly with the rest of your office space and your brand as well.
Use greenery for noise reduction
Finally, by strategically positioning various greenery around the office, you can greatly reduce noise distractions and even allow people to have a sense of privacy as well. Use potted plants around workstations to frame certain spots and even section off complete areas with indoor vertical gardens or green backdrops.
Not only will bigger plants absorb and block more noise, but they will also elevate the aesthetic appeal of the office. Moreover, you will improve indoor air quality and give your employees the chance to rest their eyes by admiring the soothing green hues.
A 21st-century office can be quite a noisy and stressful place. Fortunately, by introducing these modern soundproofing options, you will have no problem creating a peaceful, thriving office setting everyone will love.
The above article is provided by Catherine, a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.
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