Hardwood floors are one of the Elegant looking floor designs however they are often a culprit of causing unwanted echoes and reverb.
This can be really unpleasant because it interrupts the normal balancing of sound making it really hard to have a decent conversation or listen to your favorite music.
In this article, I will show you things you can do starting today to help you drastically reduce echo in a room with hardwood floors.
What Causes an Echo In a Room?
There are various things that can contribute to the formulation of echo in a room, however the most common cause of echo is the bouncing of sounds from one surface to another due to hard surface’s like hardwood floors, even High ceilings play’s a vital role in creating echoes due to the amount of unoccupied space.
Best Ways to Reduce Echo in a Room With Hardwood Floors.
Fortunately, There are certain things that you can do, that can help get rid of the echo in any room and the methods I am about discussing will help you significantly lower the echo and reverb helping you to have an acoustically balanced room. Without further or do let’s jump straight to them.
1. Install floor Rugs
Now, since the echo in your case is caused by hardwood floors then it would be a great idea to start by working on the floors and the cheapest yet effective way to go about it is to cover the floor with thick soundproof carpet, typically Rugs.
Fortunately, Rug Pads are affordable and you don’t have to cover the whole floor area. All you have to do is cover some of the parts of the hardwood floors and that will result in significant changes.
If you do have the budget then you can cover the whole floor, There is nothing really to lose because some of the rugs look really stylish and will dramatically reduce the sound from bouncing and reverbs, Really it’s killing two birds with one stone.
2. Work on the Walls
Now, since learned that echo is usually caused by hard surfaces, then the next thing you would like to look at is the walls. Honestly, you don’t have to change the structure or reconstruct your walls to reduce echoes, here are some of the things worth looking.
1. Decorative Wallpaper
Instead of going all in and trying to soundproof your walls which can be a bit costly, you can alternatively attach decorative sound absorbing wallpaper on your walls, not only they will enhance the sound quality of the rooms but will also enhance the look and feel of the room.
2. Acoustic Foam Panel
You have probably seen acoustic foams in music studios because of they work like magic when it comes to combating reverb and echo. Acoustic foams are sponge-like objects that are designed to help to acoustically balance the sound waves in a room, getting rid of reverb and echoes.
What I like about foam panels is the fact that they are cheap, and anyone can afford to get these, but depending on the overall size of the room, they can be costly but overall very affordable and luckily, you don’t have to cover the whole wall to see a difference, in fact, I don’t recommend that because that can cost you more.
3. Hang decorative Portraits/Pictures
This method can work as well since we are looking to soften the hard surfaces then I would recommend you only hang pictures that will contribute to making the wall surface softer.
4. Hang Moving Blankets
Another method most people use to stop a room from echoing is to hang moving blankets, moving blankets are great because they contain sound absorbing properties. Although this may not enhance the look of your room it will have significant results.
3. Install Sound Dampening Curtains
These are heavy dense drapes that are thermally insulated to help reduce noises, sounds, reverbs and echo in a room, they are made from materials like velvet which is good at absorbing sounds.
These curtains look great because not only they will lower echo but will make your room look elegant and stylish because they are made with great aesthetics.
You can also check out my article about the best sound dampening curtains here.
4. Fill up the Room with Items
Now, I am sure you are aware of the fact that echoes are often stronger and louder in empty rooms because of how free the waves travel without any interruptions. There some things you can add if you have more empty space that will be convenient for you and in the meantime get rid of echoes. you can things like:
If you like reading like me then you will love this method because you can simply add a bookshelf and fill it up without your favorite books. This gives the room a modern look and is great for echo room cancellation.
Quick tip: When you arrange your books on the shelf, I suggest you do it in a zig-zag format because that will cut down the sound waves.
2. Soft Sofas & Cushions
You can also get soft couches and or cushions which will help soften the room and absorb some of the sound waves, which will create an acoustically balanced room/office.
3. Other Furniture
Really you can add any furniture of your choice as long as it helps soften the room. The main idea is to make the room less empty but you don’t have to stuff the room with items because that may affect the way it looks.
5. Indoor Plants
Now, if you like nature as I do, well did you know that there are some indoor plants that can cut down echoes and sounds? well, You will be surprised at how much nature can offer us. You can add plants to your room/office that will help significantly with sound balancing and creating a wonderful calm environment.
6. Get a Microphone Isolation Shield(Bonus Tip)
If you are doing this to help reduce echo so that you can record then you are in luck because getting an isolation shield will save you a ton of cash. What is great about this is you literally take it anywhere and record without hearing background noises and reverbs.
7. Use a White Sound Machine.
White Sound Machine is great for playing sweet soothing sounds that are very relaxing and helps ease the mood if you are experiencing undesired echoes you can combat that by playing white sounds, but that is only a temporary thing and should not be substituted for any of the echoes reducing tips above.