Do Acoustic Panels Really Work?

Do Acoustic Panels Really Work?
March 07, 2024

Acoustic panels help create a pleasant atmosphere by absorbing and deadening sound. They have become a trendy solution in both residential and commercial spaces, but with their decorative appearance and easy installation, can we really trust them to work? How well do they work?

We are hoping to answer those questions. Let’s look at how acoustic panels work and why they are a practical solution you can count on.

Do Acoustic Panels Work? How?

If you use them correctly. Acoustic panels are highly effective for absorbing the sound waves that bounce around the room and cause unwanted effects like echoes and poor acoustics. These sound-dampening panels work best in settings where lots of people are around and where sound easily becomes disruptive, like these places:

  • Dance studios
  • Auditoriums
  • Hotels
  • Libraries
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Offices

Really, any place where you would not want sound waves MOO-ving around.

So, if you are looking for an effective way of reducing unwanted noise within a room, these panels offer an excellent solution. They effectively absorb sound waves, reducing the noise that travels throughout open spaces. You can add them to walls or hang them from ceilings to reduce the noise level.

This means your space will not need to undergo massive changes or renovations to improve acoustic quality. You can install these panels easily and quickly. With sufficient acoustic panels covering the walls — and the ceiling, if you would like — you will be well on your way to reducing sound reverberation in the busiest rooms. So, yes, they are a practical option for reducing unwanted noise.

Another benefit? These panels are super versatile. You can find the perfect solution for your unique style and needs. The panels come in various designs and styles, ensuring you find a product that complements your decor while addressing your noise concerns.

Will Acoustic Panels Keep Sounds From Other Rooms Out?

Simply put, not really. While acoustic panels are sometimes referred to as soundproof panels, they are made for sound absorption, not for soundproofing.

Soundproofing prevents noise from entering or exiting a room. Soundproofing products are applied to walls, floors, ceilings and doorways to prevent noise from seeping in or out through these areas. These solutions are ideal for areas like recording studios and home offices, where quiet is necessary.

Sound absorption, meanwhile, improves the audio quality of the room you are in by absorbing sound waves that bounce off hard surfaces. Sound-absorbing acoustic panels, are not made to keep sound from other rooms out. They are made to dampen the sounds from the room you are in and help to address the effects of noise pollution within a space. The results are a more peaceful and comfortable environment.

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Will Acoustic Panels Keep Sound In?

Keeping sound in is another characteristic of soundproofing, so it is not a feature of acoustic panels. Their porous materials are not meant to keep sound in — the are meant to dampen noise within open spaces. However, because they do dampen sound, acoustic panels might help prevent the transfer of sound between rooms, but this is not their primary purpose.

Acoustic Panel FAQ

Let’s discuss some of the most frequently asked questions about how soundproof panels work.

Can You Use Acoustic Panels in Recording Studios?

Acoustic panels are an excellent option for studios. They help improve audio clarity so that you can create high-quality recordings. Plus, they come in various designs and styles to match your studio’s aesthetic. You will likely want to reduce sounds coming in from other rooms.  Pair your acoustic panels with solutions focused on soundproofing for full acoustic treatment in your space.  Utilizing the materials together, you can enjoy peace from the outside world as you record.

How Do You Choose Acoustic Panels?

The decision depends on the space and your end goals for the room. Aesthetic preferences are also helpful to keep in mind. If you need help finding the right solution, you can reach out to an audio specialist for tips and advice. Some good questions to keep in mind include:

  • Where are you placing the panels?
  • How big is the room you are looking to renovate?
  • What is your budget?
  • Do you want fabric-wrapped panels or perforated wood panels?

Is There a Difference Between Sound Absorption and Sound Insulation?

Sound-absorbing panels work by allowing sounds to be absorbed and passed through the material without bouncing off. Sound insulation restricts sound from traveling from one place to the next, like between apartments. Insulation products also help reduce unwanted external noise. However, sound insulators infrequently absorb sounds.

Can You Install Acoustic Panels Yourself?

Installing acoustic panels is a fast and straightforward process. You will usually have to mount the panels from the wall or hang them from the ceiling.  You can install these panels yourself, with guidance from an acoustic specialist at Soundproof Cow. We understand the ins and outs of acoustics, and we can help ensure the panels fit your needs. Our acoustic experts can help, ensuring you make the right choice for your space.

What Are Acoustic Panels Made From?

Acoustic panels are made from various materials, including:

  • Fabric-wrapped fiberglass: These panels offer optimal noise control and come in many sizes and designs.
  • Foam: Acoustic foam absorbs sound waves and comes with the additional benefit of reducing outside noise.
  • Perforated wood: If sustainability is important to you, perforated wood panels are an excellent solution.

With each material, you have many options when it comes to design, size and finish.

How Many Panels Will You Need to Achieve Results?

The answer depends on your space and the coverage you need. Consulting a professional is your best bet to answer this question since every room is unique. You can provide them with more information to get an exact count for your space. At Soundproof Cow, we offer a free acoustic analysis to help you understand the best solution for your space.

What Are the Benefits of Soundproof Cow’s Acoustic Panels?

Soundproof Cow’s acoustic panels offer the following benefits:

  • Lots of high-quality custom options
  • Fantastic performance
  • Easy installation
  • Made in the United States

Get Closer to Living a Quieter Life With Soundproof Cow

Acoustic panels allow you to reduce the noise in a room and bring peace to your commercial or residential space. Whether you are trying to make your busy restaurant more peaceful, enhance the acoustics in your performance space, or just enjoy quiet in a busy home, these panels are an optimal solution for absorbing sound waves.

At Soundproof Cow, our acoustic panels can help absorb and reduce the amount of noise within a room. Request a quote for these panels today, or contact us with any questions!

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About Kellen Beaver

Soundproof Cow Representative Kellen

Kellen has been a member of the sales team for over a decade. Prior to delving into the soundproofing realm, he was a jack of all trades in the service industry, working both front and back of the house jobs to various degrees. This diversity in experience makes it easy to relate to the needs of a large customer base. He understands noisy environments as well as the importance of aesthetics in a space. Adding something that doesn’t fit the look can be intrusive, so knowing that acoustical needs must fit the interior design is something he’s become very well-versed in. Most of this planning comes from working with both the owner/operators as well as their design team and architects. He has been able to adapt his knowledge in the restaurant industry into projects involving schools, office buildings and large medical facilities when the situation calls for it.

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