There are many public places wherein acoustics is a major concern. We can identify at least three classifications of these places: establishments for entertainment, prayer, and work.

In Places of Leisure

Home theaters, cinemas, operas, sound studios, karaokes, and many more establishments for entertainment require proper acoustics. It’s a huge buzzkill, for instance, to watch a movie in a cinema whose sound quality is very bad. Operas and stage productions also need excellent acoustics so that the music, songs and dialogues of the actors and singers will be heard clearly in all corners of the room. Karaoke parlors need very good sound absorbing material so that customers won’t go deaf because of the loud music reverberating all over the small rooms.

In Places of Worship

The most common sound absorbing material used in places of worship are curtains and heavy drapes. They fit in very well with the usually formal furniture and decorations of churches prayer and worship rooms. It is also easier for church attendants to wash and clean these sheets than to make sure that dust and stains don’t accumulate on acoustic wall panels and floors. Most places of prayer and worship are open-air rooms; if ever there is centralized air-conditioning the doors are almost always open. Breeze, bringing in all kinds of dust and air impurities, will be circulating throughout the place. Such a set-up can easily result to grimy acoustic panels and very dusty, musty floors.

Drapes as the primary sound absorbing material is economical and very practical. Churches that usually have bands playing during their services and worship sessions should at least have drapes to improve the acoustics.

In Workplaces

Although it isn’t frequently done, workplaces can also benefit from having sound absorbing material installed on the walls. Common offices where dozens work at the same time can get very noisy. Even if some workers choose to be quiet, they can still be disturbed by the noise their coworkers make. Any form of disturbance in the office can have a negative effect on workers’ output. If the problem is noise, then improving the office’s acoustics will not go amiss.

There are also some workplaces wherein very good acoustics is a requirement. Take call centers, recording studios and conference rooms, for instance. They need to have a proper sound absorbing material in place, preferably acoustic panels that are created especially for audio-visual rooms.

Just like in places of worship, offices don’t necessarily need to have sophisticated acoustic panels. They only need to minimize sound and contain noise, so an alternative sound absorbing material like drapes and thick carpets will already suffice. You can also put portable wooden dividers to minimize echoes in a very large office space.

It is now very easy to make sure that the sound absorbing material installed in offices, worship and prayer rooms and private nooks in bars are also compatible with the interior decorations. Manufacturers make their products in various designs, materials, colors and shapes. You should be able to choose a sound absorbing material that will blend very well with the furniture and colors in any room whose acoustics you wish to improve.