Have you ever walked into an empty room and noticed how bad the echo was? Perhaps it was an apartment or a house that you were looking to rent or buy. Normally, when a room is empty, there is nothing to absorb the excess sound waves. An empty room without rugs or curtains is even worse.
After placing furniture, rugs, and curtains in your room, you may have noticed a dramatic difference in the acoustics of that room.
The reason for this dramatic change is simple. Most items, such as furniture, curtains, and rugs, absorb sound waves. Items that do not absorb sound waves will deflect them. Materials such as fabric and carpet will absorb sound waves, resulting in a more pleasant environment, while materials such as vinyl and leather will reflect sound waves and generate excessive noise, commonly known as clapping echo and flutter.
Many times the existing furniture and decoration in a room are not enough to absorb excess sound waves. Sound absorbing panels, also known as acoustic panels, are commonly used to absorb excessive mid and high level frequencies. There are many manufacturers that offer a wide variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. While most sound panel manufacturers offer a limited fabric style and color selection, there are some that offer a greater variety. Sound panels can be arranged in a variety of ways, often making them the centerpiece of the conversation. Many manufacturers use foam or fiberglass insulation within their sound panels as the core. In recent years, foam and traditional fiberglass insulation have been shown to contain chemicals that can be harsh or extremely dangerous to our health, such as formaldehyde. As our world has become more environmentally conscious, some manufacturers have started using eco-friendly cotton fiber as the core of their sound panels. The sound absorption properties of cotton fiber are unsurpassed, making them, in the opinion of many people, the best option.