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Are Sound Absorbing Screens Worth the Money?

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Are Sound Absorbing Screens Worth the Money?

It can be difficult in modern offices and commercial spaces to maintain a productive working environment, particularly as many of these locations are constructed with minimal soft furnishings, making them spaces that reflect sound. While you can’t always furnish your workplace with sofas, curtains, plush carpets, rugs and other fabric accessories that keep our houses echo-free, you can introduce sound absorbing screens and panels to reduce the effect of reverberation and help to create a pleasant working environment.

What are the types of sound-absorbing screens? 

We sell a wide variety of different sound absorbing screens and panels, each style effective in its own way. The kind of screen or panel you choose will depend upon your location, requirements and budget. Here are some examples of the different styles of acoustic panels that we sell:

Free Standing Acoustic Screens - sound-absorbing screen dividers in a range of shapes and sizes that stand alone with no wall or desk fixing require

Premium Acoustic Partitions - thicker, more luxurious sound-absorbing screens with a carcass construction for more effective soundproofing

Acoustic Screens For Desk - desktop sound absorption panels which can be fixed securely to a desktop, ideal for minimising noise on busy desk banks

Acoustic Meeting Pods - arranged from a combination of curved sound-absorbing screens, these kits create mini rooms or s-shaped dividers to offer meeting spaces on open-plan rooms

Acoustic Wall Panels - these flat panels can be fixed to walls or ceilings to offer subtle, space-saving sound absorption


What material is used for soundproofing?

Acoustic wall panels and screens are made of board, covered with a layer of insulating, acoustic foam and finished with a choice of fabric. They are typically available in a range of different colours, shapes and sizes. They are designed to prevent sound echoing around a large room, offering a quieter and more peaceful working environment. 


How do sound absorption panels work?

Modern sound-absorbing panels and screens are specifically designed to reduce the amount that sound can reverberate* around a space, so they can make a significant impact when it comes to minimising noise in a large room or office.

Home environments typically experience less echoing than office or commercial spaces; this is thanks to the amount of soft furnishings such as carpets, curtains, sofas, cushions etc. Sound absorbing screens and panels can replicate the effect of soft furnishings to create a quieter space.

Contemporary workplaces usually produce multiple sources of distracting sounds which can reverberate around a space. These can vary from human-made sounds such as employees chatting or taking phone calls, to machine noises from printers or coffee makers. Studies have shown that sound absorption screens and panels can slow reverberation time* by up to 70%, helping to dramatically reduce noise pollution in the workplace. 

The effectiveness of all modern acoustic panels or partitions is measured using an NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) number. The NRC is an average rating of how much sound an acoustic product can absorb; for example, an NRC of 0 means that the product absorbs no sound, whereas an NRC of 1 means that the product absorbs all sound. The higher the NRC, the better the product is at soaking up the sound. Our sound absorbing wall panels, for example, have an average NRC of 0.43 (based upon test reports 1306-1040 to 1042 and C/23213/T01).

Research suggests that an empty room, measuring 3m x 4m x H2m, will have an average reverberation time of 1.0 second. Covering 60% of the room’s walls in 40mm-thick acoustic wall panels (with a NRC of 0.55) reduces the reverberation time to 0.5 seconds, for a 50% reduction. Installing 64mm-thick acoustic wall panels (with a NRC of 0.90) across 60% of the room’s walls will reduce the reverberation time to 0.3 seconds - this is a 70% reduction.

COUNTACH™ Acoustic Wall Panels

COUNTACH™ Acoustic Wall Panels

ZENARTRO™ Diamond Shape Acoustic Wall Panelling

ZENARTRO™ Diamond Shape Acoustic Wall Panelling

How much do sound absorbing screens cost?

Sound absorbing screens and panels are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and designs. As a result, it’s impossible to list all the individual prices for our expansive range of acoustic products here, but we can give you an idea of the price ranges for the different styles of sound absorbing screens and panels available:

  • Free Standing Acoustic Screens - from £110 to £219
  • Premium Acoustic Partitions - from £109 to £406 (single screen only)
  • Acoustic Desk Dividers - from £50 to £255
  • Acoustic Meeting Pods - from £932 to >£10,000
  • Acoustic Wall Panels - from £49 to £91 

Are sound absorbing screens worth the money?

Ultimately, if you have a very noisy workplace where sound echoes around, disturbing your employees and disrupting productivity, then sound absorbing screens and panels are likely going to be a very good investment. Sound reducing screens are worth the money because, for minimal outlay, they help to reduce reverberation and create a more pleasant, welcoming work environment. 

The team behind Office Screens UK has been meeting customer needs for more than 20 years, and all of that expertise has gone into curating a range of high-quality acoustic screens and panels. All of the acoustic solutions we sell have been manufactured using premium materials to ensure maximum product quality - you can see from our customer reviews and ratings how effective our products are.

For more information on any of our sound absorption screens and panels, or to discuss which options might be most suitable for your workplace, our expert team is on hand to help. You can reach out via our Contact Us page, or call us on 01234 676767, Mon-Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm.

*Reverberation is the action of sound bouncing off a hard, shiny surface. It is measured as the length of time required for sound to decay 60 decibels from its initial level.



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