A Beginners Guide to Acoustic Walls & Surfaces

For any office, home, restaurant or business, ensuring the space is a comfortable one is almost always important. An acoustic wall is an underrated design to implement into any space, but when it is, you can count that the room will be aesthetically harmonious and eliminate echoes. Acoustic surfaces don’t need to be complicated and over-priced. In fact, acoustic walls have grown in popularity and can become an easy, trendy, and artistic addition to any living or workspace.

The Use of Acoustic Walls

Acoustic walls are used within an entire area to intercept the echo and reverberation of a space, lowering the amount of noise that can escape past its absorbent material. When used strategically, acoustic walls can mitigate and correct the amount of sound within a room, either from any interior or exterior sources. Offices, reception halls, churches, etc. are using acoustic walls to disallow the travel of conversation and work noise from one room to another while also providing a unique focal point to their space. 

How Do Acoustic Walls Work?

Acoustic walls are made from eco-polyester (PET; polyethylene terephthalate) made from recycled beverage containers and an excellent material that acts to absorb and trap noise so that it doesn’t travel through the wall as easily. If a surface is solid without any acoustics, the sound will bounce off it, creating loud echoes and allowing for the noise to stay within a space for a longer period of time. When the sound instead hits a purposefully made acoustic material, the sound waves turn into vibrations, creating a small amount of heat that then dissipates into the rest of the space. Some material does so naturally, such as curtains, picture frames, books, and tapestries, however, having something built purposefully to absorb sound is the best option. 

The Benefits of Acoustic Walls

Acoustic walls and surfaces have many benefits for their users:

  • They reduce echoes and unwanted noise, ensuring communication and sound that wants to be heard is more clear and precise.
  • Easy to print, install, and maintain. Acoustic walls can also withstand blows, shockwaves, etc., so they are durable for the long-term regardless of the use of space.
  • It improves the workability of a space. Plain white walls bring a sense of coldness to a room, however, acoustic walls are comforting and pleasing to look at.
  • They provide privacy to space by minimizing the amount of sound wandering ears don’t need to hear. 
  • Increase productivity by lowering noise pollution in an open workspace or restuarant, such as from ringing phones, scraping chairs, and people talking.
  • Improves stress and well-being of those inside a room. Too much noise can be frustrating, lower concentration, and cause people to lose their focus. Positioning acoustic walls can improve the functionality and moods of students in a classroom, for example. 

What is an Acoustic Photo Wall?

Acoustic art panelled walls provide all of the above benefits yet give an aesthetic and gallery look to any room. Users can have prints made of any image through three printing methods depending on the best solution for a room:

  • UV flatbed printing
  • Sublimation printing with a heat press
  • Latex flatbed printing

From there, the panels are then added to an entire wall via an easy-to-use material such as glue or adhesive tape, that instantly improves the sound distribution within a room. That’s function and design built together for an affordable price!

Panels can be purchased or built in any size, whether it be a variety of smaller frames or one to two larger ones, depending on how you want the aesthetic of your room to be. It also depends on how much noise pollution you need to cease. You can work with professionals to develop the best art with the best function in mind. Panels can also be used in an educational setting to provide learning material while also limiting noise. 

Acoustic photo wall in home

Why Should I Consider an Acoustic Wall in My Design?

Have you ever been to a restaurant and been unable to hear the person across from you due to the unending noise from other tables? What about a lecture hall where the professor’s voice doesn’t make it to the back row. Even when you move into a new apartment and you can tell the neighbours above you don’t believe in carpeting. All of these scenarios make it obvious that proper acoustics weren’t used in the design, engineering, or architectural process. You will quickly be able to tell when acoustics have been considered an important part of a room. For many, we don’t even realize that a few panels could cut the noise considerably. Instead, we bear the pain and stress or are required to fix the problem post-design.

Including acoustics in your design plan from the beginning will cut all the noise pollution before you even know it’s a problem. You will be thankful, have less stress, and will be able to ensure your clients properly hear the sounds they want while keeping out the nonsense. 

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