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Soundproofing Solutions for Coffee Shops

December 15, 2016

Owning a coffee shop is a dream for many people — a cozy place where customers can grab a cup of coffee or a mouth-watering bite to eat, all while sharing a good conversation with friends. For many of these shop owners, the challenge of busy café noise presents a roadblock to making their dream a reality.

Since a thriving coffee shop is often loud, Soundproof Cow has DIY-soundproofing solutions to encourage proper sound travel and diminish outside noise pollution. Here, we’ll outline how you can tackle coffee shop noise problems, as well as the best tools you can use to break down this roadblock.

The Problem With a Loud Coffee Shop

People visit their local coffee shops for multiple reasons. Some pop in for a quick coffee on the go, a group of friends visit to catch up, and others bring their laptop to work in the calming coffee shop vibes. This bustling of people creates an array of problems, like:

  • Servers can’t hear orders.
  • People can’t help but eavesdrop on another table’s conversation.
  • People have trouble hearing their own conversations.
  • Activity on the street distracts everyone from the coffee shop aesthetic.

To reduce echoes in your coffee shop and dampen down excess noise, you need effective sound attenuation.

How to Improve Coffee Shop Acoustics

Having good sound attenuation in a loud coffee shop pays for itself in ways like:

  • Preserving the coffee shop’s atmosphere.
  • Reducing noise pollution and its effects on your employees.
  • Cutting down on ordering errors.
  • Generally making your establishment a more pleasurable place to visit and work.

These benefits encourage higher monetary returns by attracting better, loyal employees, resulting in more satisfied customers. Before diving head-first into the world of soundproofing, consider these “over-the-counter” methods of improving your coffee shop acoustics:

1. Adding Wall Panels

If you have a crowd of patrons speaking loud in order to hear over other customers, soundwaves reverberate through the space make it an uncomfortable environment. Acoustic panels are sound-absorbing materials that you place on your walls to direct and absorb soundwaves. That way, the sound won’t disrupt the patrons in your coffee shop.

2. Installing Carpet

Something as simple as adding carpet to high-traffic areas can significantly reduce the amount of sound transfer in your coffee shop. These high-traffic areas will differ based on your layout, but they usually include areas:

  • By the front door
  • Near the coffee bar
  • Close to the kitchen

Carpet helps absorb sounds and prevents sound waves from projecting to the ceiling and walls. If you do install carpet, remember to avoid any liabilities by safely securing them to the floor.

3. Dedicating a Space for Loud Machinery

A lot of coffee shops reasonably keep their machinery near the ordering bar. While it may save time by not having to trek back into the kitchen to make someone’s order, the noisy machinery might be the source of customer auditory discomfort.

Dedicate a space in the backmost room or the kitchen for your loud machinery to prevent the spread of noise in your coffee shop.

Soundproofing — How It Can Benefit Your Coffee Shop

If your existing coffee shop isn’t as busy as it could be and you’ve been dealing with noisy issues like outside disturbances or echoing inside chatter, then soundproofing may be a good solution.

If you’re not sure that noisy disturbances are causing a lack of customers, patronize a competing coffee shop that you know uses soundproofing or acoustic treatment. Can you tell a the difference? You probably can. This difference highlights the importance of soundproofing in a coffee shop. The effects of good coffee shop acoustics are astonishing, so give it a try and see if it works for you and your business.

The Best Soundproofing Solutions for Your Coffee Shop

When people think about soundproofing solutions, they think of the stereotypical sound booth outfitted with egg-carton acoustic foam. But, soundproofing solutions are so much more than that!

Soundproof Cow offers customizable soundproofing solutions to coincide with your coffee shop brand, enhancing your customer experience without sacrificing aesthetics.

Our expert sound technicians recommend:

Quiet Barrier™ HD Soundproofing Composite

A soundproofing composite is an industrial-grade product that fits in the hollow spaces in your walls and ceilings. The soundproofing composite arrives in a roll, and when you unroll it, you’ll notice two layers — a soundproofing membrane covered with polyurethane foam.

The soundproofing membrane prevents any vibrational sound from interfering with the polyurethane foam barrier, which absorbs any soundwaves, preventing sound from traveling through it.

To install the Quiet Barrier™ HD Soundproofing Composite, you’ll need:

  • A caulk gun
  • A level
  • A utility knife
  • A chalk line
  • A tape measure
  • A pencil

Additionally, you’ll want a PL® Construction Adhesive and Quiet Barrier™ Tape to seal the soundproofing composite into place. Installing soundproofing composite is an incredibly easy process.

IsoTrax™ Soundproofing System

Sound is a vibration, and you hear sound when that vibration interacts with your eardrum. Soundproofing aims to control these vibrations before they hit your ear.

Our IsoTrax™ Soundproofing System is a set of soundproofing tools that absorb low-frequency vibrations and completely seal any gaps where soundwaves can creep through. Essentially, it traps unwanted vibrations and controls where they aren’t or are allowed to go.

The IsoTrax™ Soundproofing System arrives at your door in a single kit with enough materials to cover 64 square feet of wall surface. In this kit, you’ll receive:

  • Sound isolation rails
  • Elastic, sound-absorbing pads
  • Hex head screws with visco elastic washers

Installation is easy during construction, and the system can also be installed in drywall ceilings or suspended in ceiling tiles.

Udderly Quiet™ Hanging Acoustic Baffle

Some coffee shops are quaint with limited space to install acoustic soundproofing equipment, which is why we created our Udderly Quiet™ Hanging Acoustic Baffle.

Our Udderly Quiet­™ Hanging Acoustic Baffle is a 2-inch-thick sound absorption material, which safely hangs from your ceiling to reduce sound travel and any harsh coffee shop sounds. Our hanging baffle comes equipped with eye hooks, where we recommend using a reliable chain to hang the baffle anywhere from 2 to 24 inches from your coffee shop’s ceiling.

Udderly Quiet™ Acoustic Partition

Without soundproofing, people’s conversations can easily travel to other seating areas, leaving customers feeling vulnerable. Limit traveling noise with our Udderly Quiet™ Acoustic Partition, a sound-absorbing partition consisting of a 60% recycled acoustic fiberglass core, 100% recycled acoustic fabric covering and a 30% recycled aluminum frame.

You can set these partitions between seating areas. Or, because they’re easily moveable, you can play around with various of locations until you find the most effective soundproofing spot in your coffee shop.

Looking to Soundproof Your Coffee Shop? Visit Soundproof Cow Online for Reliable Soundproofing Equipment

At Soundproof Cow, we’re experts when it comes to soundproofing. Browse our website and learn more about the products we offer, ranging from residential must-haves to commercial soundproofing investments.

Not sure where to start? Contact one of our helpful sound technicians online, or give us a call at 1-866-949-9269. We look forward to learning how we can help your coffee shop!