Here are a couple of design tips to help reduce the noise level in your office or office cubicle. First of all, take a look at the kinds of hard surfaces you have in the space. Look specifically at the ceiling, the walls and the floors to see what you types of products you have there. The amount of hard surface can cause the noise level in the area to increase dramatically. Think of going to a gymnasium or a dance studio where there was nothing but hard surfaces and the sound isn’t absorbed. Do you remember how noisy it was? The same concept applies to your office environment. Try fixing:
- Ceiling Tile. A good ceiling tile will absorb sound waves. If you have a plaster ceiling you might want to consider adding some acoustical tiles to the surface to help absorb sound.
- Wall Panels. There is a company called Working Walls. They have a fabric covered acoustical panel system that is attached to the existing walls with Velcro. These can be used to reduce the amount of noise within a room and to prevent sound from penetrating the walls and disturbing adjacent areas. Great product.
- Speech Privacy Systems. In our area John Ferguson is the speech privacy genius. He has a system that works to digitally increase speech privacy. We use his system in banks, medical offices, and government agencies to reduce noise and increase speech privacy. Our designers think this is an absolute “must have” for open office environments.
- Flooring. If you have a hard surface floor that tends to increase the amount of noise in the space. Just the foot fall noise alone can be annoying. If you have this situation see if you can add some soft surface flooring in any of the areas. This is especially good in enclosed conference rooms. Add an area rug if possible. Or, you might consider looking into different types of soft flooring products like carpet squares or rubber tile. Either would result in noise reduction.