How can I improve the acoustics in a room so it is less noisy?


I have been thinking about how to reduce the amount of noise that bounces from wall to wall in our Sunday school room. It can get so loud. I thought about cork board panels but that is costly. Can you help me find quiet time?

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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 14, 2020

    You could hang decorative blankets or quilts on the wall. Throw pillows and rugs as well. Most Sunday School rooms I have seen are metal chairs and metal & wood tables which just bounce it around, as you mentioned. So anything "material" would help to absorb the sound. It will depend on the age of the occupants on how much success you would have (kids vs adults) in leaving items in place.

  • Hang curtains and put down a rug if it has a tile or hard-surface floor.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Jan 14, 2020

    Hi April, unfortunately there will be a cost to do this. Here are a few ideas. A thick carpet or rug really dampens noise. Any fabrics hanging on the walls like tapestries or curtains can reduce sound as well. Then there are other more expensive ways like opening up the walls and adding insulation or getting completely different drywall. Or like you said adding cork board panels. I think your best bet that will give you the greatest impact is a rug though assuming there isn't one. Good luck!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 14, 2020

    Have you considered room dividers with cloth panels, that would at least section off whatever sized area and contain the noise. These tri-fold frames are usually at flea markets or second hand stores. They are not that hard to construct either.

    Even if you could find old shutters, that would work.

  • I would ask the people who go to your church if they have any cork boards they want to donate, then you can cover them with pretty fabrics.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jan 14, 2020

    An area rug would make a good sound absorber!

  • Maura White Maura White on Jan 14, 2020

    I agree with area rug or room dividers! We had the same problem in our Sunday School room.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Jan 15, 2020

    These foam soundproof panels were cheap I fond them, for my office at amazon here is the link

  • Linda Linda on Jan 17, 2020

    Rugs and long curtains help.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jan 17, 2020

    Hang longer curtains and pictures on the walls that will help with sound pillows will to and a rug

  • Oliva Oliva on Jan 19, 2020

    Heay draperies with many folds better absorb sound, as will a better quality wall to wall rug, and upholstered furniture rather than all wood or metal.