Noisy offices can be a huge productivity killer. The constant chatter and background noise can make it difficult for employees to properly concentrate, and the level of noise can be overall quite stressful and distracting. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to improve the acoustics in your office and make it a more enjoyable and comfortable place to work.
Improving office acoustics is imperative for the way your business will operate. Although it may not seem like a priority task to consider, once you’ve implemented ways to minimise noise, you will soon understand why business owners truly take time and invest in creating a quieter, more comfortable environment for their team.
Improving Office Acoustics: How to
Sound Absorbing Materials
One of the easiest ways to improve office acoustics is to add more sound-absorbing materials to the space (without causing clutter). Carpeting, rugs, and drapes can all help to reduce the amount of noise that echoes around a room. If you have hardwood floors, consider adding an area rug to help muffle the sound that will otherwise bounce off of the hard surface. You can also hang acoustic panels on walls or ceilings to help with absorbing the sound.
Reduce Hard Surfaces
Another way that you can improve office acoustics is by removing or reducing the number of hard surfaces throughout the space. If your office has a lot of hardwood flooring, bare walls, or metal surfaces, the sound is going to bounce around the area and cause an echo. Adding fabric-covered furniture, upholstered, or soft materials (such as throw pillows) can help absorb the sound a little more but also create a comfortable atmosphere.
Something you may not realise is that you also have the ability to use technology when improving office acoustics. Now more than ever there are a number of apps that can help reduce background noise, and you can also use white noise machines to create a more calming environment. If you have the budget, you may even want to consider installing sound-masking systems that emit low-level noise to help cover up disruptive sounds.
Natural Sound Absorbers
Finally, you can also utilise methods of natural sound absorbers to improve levels of office acoustics. Plants, surprisingly enough, are great for absorbing noise, and can also help to purify the air – bonus! If you have the space, consider adding a water feature like a small fountain or waterfall. The sound of moving water can be very soothing and can help to cover up any disruptive noise – this is also a fabulous way of increasing employee productivity around the office, as the gentle sound assists in elevating concentration. Alternatively, plants around the office are just as good.
Consider an Office Fitout with Future Fitouts
If you’re wanting to completely revamp your office space with the intention of completely improving office acoustics, Future Fitouts will make it happen. One of the best things you can do is get in early with the sound-absorbing materials, furnishings, and décor while your office is being built/put together. As a leader in our field, we know exactly what is required when it comes to an office fitout and take pride in working closely with our clients from start to finish.