Alternative Sound Absorbing Materials for a Home Theater
Many of us wish to have a state of the art TV room, or better yet, a spanking home theater. Unfortunately only a few can actually afford all the expensive sound equipment and room renovations that no doubt must be done in order to perfectly recreate the visual and sound quality of a cinema. The most that many of us can do is purchase a very good, high-definition TV and a surround sound system that’s crisp and clear.
There’s one problem though when people try to transform an ordinary room into a mini-theater without paying for an overhaul: the sound quality won’t be as good as it should ideally be.
Besides the television and audio equipment, sound proofing and sound absorbing materials in a home theater room are the most important things to acquire. If you don’t have the budget to have your walls done by a crew specializing on theater rooms, you may be able to do something all by yourself. The outcome may not be as excellent, but it would nevertheless produce similar results.
Makeshift Sound Absorbing Materials
Sound absorbing materials literally absorb the sound waves. Since they will simply pass through the walls, they don’t bounce back and produce echoes.
Notice that the interiors of cinemas are not plain concrete. Almost all surfaces are covered by thick and padded carpeting. Some walls may be plain wood, but they are in broken panels and still lined with thick padding. The ceiling also seems to be made up of felt-covered panels that are propped up against one another at a slight angle.
These uneven surfaces and padded walls, floors, and ceilings are necessary to absorb sound. Sound waves echo when it comes across a hard solid. The chances of echoing is reduced when it hits an uneven surface—most especially a soft and padded uneven surface. This is what people have to think about when they’re looking for sound absorbing materials.
Here are some examples of what you can use at home:
- Egg trays – This is a popular alternative for sound absorption. The surface of an egg tray is uneven and carton is one of the best sound absorbing materials. Often though, egg cartons have to be used alongside thin foam padding for complete sound absorption.
- Bed foam – Ordinary sheets of foam that are usually used for cots, chairs and sofas are very ideal. They are readily available on home depots and they can be easily attached on the walls. The large sheets are also quicker to set up because each one can cover a wide portion of the wall.
- Thick wool carpets –These work quite as well as egg trays and can be easily nailed on the walls.
- Drapes – Thick curtains, like the ones used on theater stages, are excellent sound absorbing materials. Plus, you can push these off the walls when you’re not using the home theater system.
Remember that even if your audio system produces loud, clear sound, its full potential will not be fully manifested if the room is not aptly equipped with sound absorbing materials on the walls, floor and ceiling.