Echo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o In Our New Home


Old 11-23-03, 06:50 AM
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Question Echo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o In Our New Home

We have an open floor plan with 23 ft. ceilings in three locations where there is either wood flooring or tile flooring. The echo is terrible. What can we do about this?
Old 11-23-03, 07:54 AM
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Hello Georgia Girl

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Old 11-23-03, 03:07 PM
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I can speculate...

The first and cheapest thing I would try is more plush. Couches and similiar plus items absorb sound, this is what it took in my own small condo, but the echo was terrible until I bought some throw pillows, area rug, and fabric curtains.

The more expensive solution may be something I saw on Bob Villa. It is acustic plaster. It is for piano rooms and the like... It applies just like plaster and has sound dampening properties to it.
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If the things Grumpy suggested don't do the trick, there are sound absorbing panels we specify on our commercial projects. They are a sound absorbing material wrapped with fabric. Fabric choices, panel shapes and sizes almost unlimitted, but square or rectangular most cost effective. If you have an artistic flair, you can do some really nice things with these panels.

But try furniture, draperies, etc. first. You need soft surfaces to absorb sound and stop echo.

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The advice you've gotten above is good. I would add only that irregular surfaces are the next best thing to absorbers. Getting something up high will complement the soft furniture. A tall armoire, for example, or soffits near the ceiling, will help a little.
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Cool Two words

Hanging Tapestries.
Old 12-03-03, 10:26 PM
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That seems the best advice yet, color and texture with excellent results!

Nice thing this is changeable at anytime!

Simple 2 words!

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