Game (Room) On!
Describing space as a “game room” can mean different things to different people. For some, it’s a room for board games and group activity around a tabletop. For others, it’s a sanctum sanctorum for their assorted video game consoles and dedicated hardware. And if you have kids, it’s where they’re supposed to keep their toys and play.
No matter how you define a game room, the acoustic situation is something that very few people think consider when deciding what room in their home will be for games. . It’s all well and good to have fun on your own or with your friends, but your housemates, family, and/or neighbors may not appreciate it if the sound of your fun interferes with their focus elsewhere.
Since every home and every game room is different, your exact needs will be unique to you. Here are a few ideas to help get you started on a more sound game room.
What does the gaming room need?
It’s important to note that in some cases, you won’t be able to make a fully soundproof game room. If you are renting your home or don’t have the opportunity to undertake what can be a fairly involved renovation project, soundproofing is going to be off the table. Soundproofing is ideally done during construction because it requires material in the walls, floors, and ceilings to block sound from seeping into other areas. That doesn’t mean there’s no hope for the people around you that don’t want to be bothered by your games.
By using the right sound absorption materials, you can reduce the sound pollution in your home. It works like this: sound waves bounce off surfaces, creating reverberations. Those sound waves bounce off the hard surfaces in a room causing those surfaces to vibrate, allowing the sound waves to bleed sound outside the room where they are happening. The louder the sound, the more reverberations, the more sound spills out into other areas. Luckily, when it comes to sound absorption, you have plenty of options.
Acoustic options for your gaming room?
When it comes to sound bleed, the door is often the biggest culprit. When sound waves are reverberating in a room, they tend to make their way through gaps and cracks into other rooms. Even with a closed door, you still have a pretty big gap for sound to escape out of. So using a kit to create a better seal on the door can work wonders to keep your fun noise away from the people you don’t want to bother.
Gaming room acoustics essentials?
The great thing about tricking out your gaming room for better sound absorption is that you can customize and individualize your space at the same time. You can do this with acoustic wall art. The materials will help absorb sound, reducing echo and making it easier to converse with the people you’re playing alongside while looking great. Whether you use a custom image or one of many stock images, your game room will look amazing and sound even better.
You can also use acoustic ceiling tiles to improve the quality of the sound in your game room. It’s one more way to optimize your gaming experience. Improving the sound quality in a room where you have a group of people playing a tabletop RPG will allow the players to strategize and explore the world you’ve created without needing to yell over each other. And if you’re a gamer who wants to get into streaming, having a room with minimal echo will make your stream much more pleasant for your viewers to listen to.
Acoustic ceiling tiles and wall hangings are also great if your game room is part of your business. What’s worse than going to a game store for an RPG marathon or a collectible card game tournament and having to strain to hear the person sitting across the table from you? By absorbing echo, it’s easier to be heard at a conversational volume—even in a packed room.
But maybe you don’t need to worry about your sound bothering other people. If your goal for your home game room is an environment designed to give you the most immersive experience, using diffusers to create a more perfect listening environment is right for you. Curved Diffusors help you direct the sound coming from your speakers to a specific area of a room.
Sounds About Right
Whether your goal is to limit sound bleed to other parts of your home, ensure good sound quality within your game room, or create the perfect, customized listening experience for yourself, the right product can make all the difference. Once you’ve given some thought about what you want for your gaming room,call us up to help you figure out how to get it. Your ears will thank you.