A quieter home, that’s all anyone wants. Regrettably, thanks to paper-thin walls and loud street noises, that simple yearning sometimes seems just out of reach. And what about the home recording studio that the family musician is planning? It’s not going to happen, not until a home soundproofing system is installed. Dispatch that up-and-coming music lover to the shed at the bottom of the garden until a solution is found.
Identify the Household Noise Culprits
The recording studio, well, it generates privacy-infringing noise. It’s the same with the cars and vans and thoughtless neighbours outside the home; they’re all inherently noisy. Take note of those sound irritants and move on. In the kitchen, a dishwasher is rumbling. A food mixer joins in. Finally, a washer/dryer combo adds rumbling bass to the cacophony. The point is this: noise is an inescapable home byproduct. But don’t fret, acoustic panels and foams are designed to restore peace and quiet to residential environments.
An Interior Decorating Perspective: Acoustic Panels
The ideal sound absorption system is found in this wall-mounted product range. To one family, a fabric-wrapped frame deadens the noise and warms the residence. Then, to satisfy the whims of a second family, that sound-absorbing material is replaced with perforated wood. This second example uses an open-plan interior. The wooden panels, covered in textural elements and perforations, suit the spacious rooms in a way that the textile panels do not. And what of the foam families of noise muting products? Do they have a place in the home?
Creating a Foam-Wrapped Envelope of Silence
While the custom-built acoustic panels are doing their job, there’s still the music recording studio to design. Stray noise waves, propagating from one wall to the next, aren’t the issue this time around. This is a powerful audio engine, a place that uniformly sends out jagged waves of sound. Driven energetically, a fully enclosed perimeter will be required to handle this near unstoppable vibrational energy. The best way to shape that noise-isolating bubble is to coat the walls in foam. Take a peek, look inside the studio, and watch the acoustic management tech as he cuts sections of foam. He unrolls the insulation, fixes it to every exposed surface, and builds a noise-silencing envelope.
Finally, always select acoustic panels and foams that are safe to install. They need to be fire resistant and incapable of producing noxious fumes when they’re exposed to heat. Acoustic panels are sold in numerous shapes and sizes, but custom-designed solutions are better than any generic panels. Likewise, specially moulded wedge or grid designs improve foam systems.