We get lots of calls from customers who would like to improve the sound quality in their
offices. Too many times we have heard that the noise from a colleague when they are on the phone is very distracting and they would like to resolve this problem.
Well, CH Workspace do sell proper acoustic screens which will do the job but it’s not as simple as that. The difference in price between a basic cloth upholstered screen, and a sound absorbing screen is significant. At least double would be a good estimation in most cases.
This is because a basic office screen is, in simple terms, a board with fabric over it. The board is solid and has a couple of holes drilled into the base, into which the screen clamps fit.
If you order a pinnable screen, then the board is a soft fibreboard into which pins can be pushed.
Most offices start out as well planned professional environments, but over the years, additional office furniture and equipment is added as more staff are taken on and the business requirements change from that which was originally envisaged. As a result the office looks a little untidy and the general noise level starst to increase, again over what was originally anticipated.
But instead of just allowing this natural progression to take place you should consider getting an office furniture professional in to have a look at your environment to see if there are any changes which can be made.
Quite often relatively small changes can have a major effect on the office.
If you have a number of staff in a relatively small area, with plenty of hard surfaces, then background noise is going to become a big problem, and even bigger if your workspace is mainly open plan.
There are many professional ( and some quite expensive) ways to deal with noisy offices, and these methods have been addressed in other articles, but here we are dealing with just generally improving the workspace with a few dividing office screens.
These days the office buzzword is flexibility. Hot desking, break out areas, mobile pedestal garages, flip top and folding tables, are all words most modern businesses understand. They mean adaptable work environments, which can change to suit what’s needed next week, not next year.
We have come a long way since offering mobile pedestals as a flexible alternative to fixed pedestals, Moving the pedestal out from under the desk gives you more room if you are training someone for example, or provides a handy additional temporary worktop when sorting or researching old files.
Meeting room furniture has also come a long way since the big heavy boardroom table. Lightweight flip top tables on lockable castors make light work of reconfiguring meeting rooms in minutes, and can be done by any member of staff.
Many offices nowadays suffer from excessive levels of noise, caused by a variety of factors, some of which can be easily addressed.
We have produced a questionnaire which allows us to numerically evaluate your noise problem and give you a score as to how effective our solutions will be.
In the past the biggest problem with paying for a quieter office was that it was difficult to quantify what sort of improvement you might expect for your investment. Too many factors which could not be changed would affect the overall result, and the client risked the possibility of spending a substantial amount of money for very little discernable improvement. Continue reading Nice office – shame about the noise→
Sound absorbing wall panels are an excellent option, particularly when combined with absorptive ceiling systems and other acoustic furniture systems.
They have a lower absorption rating than ceiling panels. Nevertheless, they provide an excellent way of reducing reverberation, particularly in areas where other options such as screens, dividers and wall art would be inappropriate.
Reducing the reverberation time is not the only bonus to using these panels. They may also prevent the formation of annoying flutter echoes which often occur between parallel reflective walls. Continue reading Acoustic Art→
We can now analyse the client’s acoustic environment in order to provide a solution based service to deal with noise problems. We supply a wide range of office furniture products including screens, storage, seating, ceilings, carpets, wall panels, blinds, and masking systems all with effective acoustic properties, designed to control noise and reverberation in the workplace. Use our simple acoustics scoring system to choose products that are right for you the client. Continue reading Accoustics at Work – Introduction→
Most modern office space is designed to be open plan – but since open plan offices became popular, there have been changes in working practices, communications and technology that make the traditional open plan model less ideal.
People now have less space to work in. A typical workstation in the seventies was 12 square feet. Today’s workstations are between six feet and eight square feet.
There’s more of an emphasis on teamwork, which means that people often work in informal groups with other workers, while colleagues nearby are trying to concentrate. Continue reading Acoustic Screens→