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How Acoustic Foam Can Help Kickstart a Productive New Year

There are many misconceptions floating around about acoustic foam; that it miraculously blocks sound or that it can be simply applied to the wall and it mysteriously attracts and consumes sound in the room. Both of these are wrong, but its ability to absorb sound is making it an increasingly useful material to install as part of partition screens in offices both big and small.

Traditionally, you might expect to find acoustic foam in exclusive recording studios, however it is increasingly being used in a variety of environments including offices due to its ability to absorb often distracting background noise.

It’s worth understanding how acoustic foam works and why it is relevant in an office atmosphere as part of a partition screen. Each layer of acoustic foam is constructed with dense layers of acoustically absorbent material which works by soaking up the reverberation time of sound, otherwise known as echoes.

So rather than trapping and dissipating the majority of sound waves like sound proofing; instead, the acoustic foam absorbs a large majority of sound which otherwise would go bouncing from wall to wall. This is particularly noticeable in large open plan offices where sound feels like it is coming in from every direction.

It is not just voices of others which acoustic foam excels in absorbing, as various types of foam are being increasingly used to insulate machinery, buildings, vehicles as well as domestic appliances due to its effectiveness. Each variant of the acoustic foam is designed to make life a little less hectic, simply by absorbing sound waves and releasing them as heat.

This makes them ideal for use in offices, call centres as well as others when installed as part of office screens. Deluxe Acoustic Screens feature two layers of 24mm acoustic foam on either side to soak up idle chatter in the office to help your staff focus.

If you take a look around your office you can pick out plenty of solid surfaces such as walls, doors and windows which are all considered reflective surfaces. This essentially means they reflect the voices of your colleagues around the room, and the louder they talk, the more it reverberates, which would explain why you might always be able to hear that chatterbox despite sitting on the other side of the room…

This is where the Acoustic Office Screens steps in. Partition Screens have been specifically designed with that frustrating ambient office noise in mind, as it incorporates 24mm of acoustic foam on either side to soak up excess noise which causes daily distraction and affects productivity.