Have you ever noticed the difference between how your voices echo in an empty house or an empty room? And how they don’t if the house is full of furniture and other material?
What you have experienced is acoustics. It is nothing but the sound waves bouncing off from the walls, ceiling, and the floor. Imagine this room as your entertainment room. How inconvenient. It would hardly sound like music to your ears.
As you add up various items in the house to furnish it, the echo reduces. Does this mean that multiple items in the list of the furniture can enhance the sound quality or the sound goes dead with certain items?
Your guess is right, and there is a lot of impact on the type and the placement of various items in the room. Let’s say if you were to build an entertainment room in your house, here is what you need to follow.
Finding the right room
This one goes without saying. You need to find the most silent or the quietest place in your house to make it into your entertainment room. If you are in the process of building a house, you are in luck. You can build one that is farthest from the road or other sources of noises nearby. Even if you are in an apartment building, try to choose a room that does not have common walls with the neighbor. Any noise from the adjacent house can be a nuisance in your entertainment routine.
Does the room have the right shape?
In any house, most rooms are near perfect cuboids or cubes. While these are easy to construct, they post a bane to the audio and acoustics in that room. The ceiling and floor form two opposite flat surfaces and so do the walls, except windows and a door. But the reflective surfaces are aplenty, and the room will echo sounds from one corner to the other on a large scale. Unless you are going to build it yourself, the room will almost always be a cuboids shape. Try to change it have one corner in a triangular or a semi-circular shape. This will help the acoustics to a large extent.
Use the right type of furniture
The audio or entertainment room should have the right amount of and the right quality of furniture. If you have a large wall without any window, install a bookshelf on it. You can achieve a dual purpose. The acoustics improve to a large extent, and you can even have your own personal book collection that you can read while you listen to your favorite music.
Depending on the nature of the room – whether it is your personal lair or a family entertainment room, have one seat or a multi-seater sofa. Select a thick and comfortable design with thick covers. It acts as a great sound absorber.
Also, experiment with floor rugs and carpets of various thicknesses. It is a well-known fact that a thick carpet on the floor (its ok if it is not a wall to wall carpet) tends to absorb the sound to a large extent and eliminate unwanted echo very nicely.
Get professional help
Consult a professional from your local sound system and entertainment selling retailer. They have expertise and knowledge to understand your specific requirements and suggest the right type of audio systems, speakers and other accessories. Pay attention to the quality of small parts such as speaker mounts, cables and the position of the speakers with respect to the listeners. Small compromises in the costs can lead to big disappointments due to reduced acoustic performance.
Go for wall panels for sound absorption
In the room, the corners where the ceiling and the floor meet the corner of two walls form a triangular spot. These are your first and most important areas to install the wall panels or corner pieces. Having the right panels in the right position will up the acoustics by a very high level.
Get the right amount of wall paneling
There are specific requirements of each room to be able to absorb and reflect sound. The wall paneling and corner pieces help in achieving this balance. But it definitely does not mean if you have a big wall, you need to cover it completely. As a rule, about 40 to 50% of the wall surface can be covered with the special wall paneling that is porous and can absorb the high and low-frequency sounds.
Quality of window panes matters
Often in a soundproof audio recording room, there are double panes on the windows to cut out the sound completely. If you can get that on your windows, it will help cut out any external sounds completely. Same goes to the door. If you have another door that shuts and closes out external sounds, the room acoustics are improved to a large extent. What you need to remember is the fact that when you are going to play your music in the room, it is going to carry the sound outside the room as well. Make sure that this is limited to the minimum as you may be creating a lot of noise that might trouble any old or sick neighbors. Having the right sound panels and acoustics helps limit the sound to that room only.
Having the right room acoustics enhances entertainment quality. Getting the right room and set it up to meet your expectations can be a very satisfying and fulfilling DIY project. Would you be interested in doing the same in your current house? Let us know what all things you considered and what you used from the above. After all, knowledge shared is knowledge gained.