Have you ever walked into any empty room and noticed how bad the echo was? Maybe it was an apartment or a house that you were looking at for rent or purchase. Typically, when a room is empty there is nothing to absorb excess sound waves. An empty room with no carpet or drapes is even worse.
After furniture, carpet and drapes were put 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, drapes and carpet absorb sound waves. The items that do not absorb sound waves will deflect them. Materials such as fabric and carpet will absorb sound waves resulting in a more pleasing environment while materials such as vinyl and leather will reflect sound waves resulting in excess noise commonly known as slap and flutter echo.
Many times the existing furnishings and decor in a room is not sufficient to absorb the excess sound waves. Sound absorption panels, also known as acoustic panels are commonly used to absorb excessive high and mid 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 larger variety. Sound panels can be arranged in a variety of ways often making them a conversation centerpiece. Many manufacturers use foam or fiberglass insulation inside of their sound panels as the core. In recent years, it has been shown that foam and traditional fiberglass insulation contain chemicals that can he harsh to extremely dangerous to our health such as formaldehyde. As our world has become more environmentally aware, some manufacturers have started using environmentally friendly cotton fiber as the core of their sound panels. The sound absorption properties of cotton fiber is second to none making them, in many peoples opinion, the best choice.