Controlling Bar Noise Levels
Controlling noise levels in a bar can be difficult. As the alcohol pours, and conversations build, the noise in the room can quickly get out of hand. The hard reflective surfaces in the bar, which lend themselves for clean-ability, combine to bounce the sound wave reflections around inside the room. The resulting echoes build to unwelcome levels of background noise, which in turn, forces your patrons to raise their voices in order to hold a conversation. The noise in the room peaks as the loudest voices and the unwelcome echoes crash into each other. They combine to spike your decibel levels and produce the unfriendly environment you are experiencing, which in turns threatens your repeat customer.
Bar Soundproofing Solutions
Treating your Bar for better quality sound is all about taking the echoes out of your room. The spikes in noise that you are experiencing can be controlled by increasing the absorption coefficients in your bar with a set of sound panels. Acoustic Sound Panels are designed to capture and convert the echoes from your space. The values back you are seeking rest in product selection and ensuring we deliver the right amount of square footage to your project. The panels can be placed as you wish, wall or ceiling mounted inside your Bar. Use the Room Analysis button at the top or bottom of this page to submit room dimensions, and we will guide you through the process.
Questions? Call 1-800-638-9355
Our Most Popular Sound Panel
Fabric Acoustic Panels are the most popular sound panel option for soundproofing a bar. These are Class A fire rated sound absorbing panels that produce premium sound quality within your space by collecting the echoes in the room and dissipating the noise. The panels are cut to the cavity size you ask for, once we assess the project with our Room Analysis and give you a square foot target to aim for. They will be shipped with a set of clips that will allow you to easily flush mount them to perimeter wall or ceiling surfaces inside your Bar. They can also float off your ceiling as a set of Acoustic Ceiling Clouds if you would rather.See Fabric Panel
Related Product Options
Fabric Acoustic Panels are wrapped in 60 different color options. Some clients like the idea of upgrading their treatment to feature graphics, logos, artwork, photography or vintage images on their panels, to place as murals around the room. These deisgner panels are called PicturePanels. Vintage B&W images, local area artists, musicians, your sound panels can become a visual feast for the eyes inside your Bar. But they do double your square foot price, so if budgets are key, stay with the solid color panels. Also, note that Fabric Panels can also be rigged to float mechanically off your ceiling as an Acoustic Ceiling Cloud, a popular method for controlling echoes while leaving the walls in your Bar as they are.
Why Bar Owners Love The Fabric Panel
Acoustic Fabric Panels are Class A fire rated, decorative, durable, easy to self-install, available in 60 colors, and can be upgraded to double as bulletin boards or have graphics printed onto them. They can be placed as you wish around the room’s perimeter, wall or ceiling mounted, evenly dispersed with nice even site lines. This is the most popular sound panel product that we sell, and have been at it for over 25 years.
Questions? Call 1-800-638-9355See Fabric Panel
Four Steps to Soundproofing a Bar:
1. Measure Your Bar
We need the cubic footage of your space. Measure your room’s length, width, and height.
2. Submit Room Analysis
Use the button at the top or bottom of this page to submit your room’s dimensions.
3. Approve the Quote
We will define the framework for your treatment and submit back your quote for approval.
4. Self Install
Your sound panels will drop ship to your doorstep. Our treatments are cost effective, and designed for self-installation.
Case Study Reviews
NetWell Noise Control has provided sound panel treatments for tens of thousands of satisfied customers over the past 25 years. Some of our more recent projects are featured in our Case Study library. The images and storylines there might be helpful to you as you ponder your upcoming soundproofing treatment.See Case Studies
Soundproofing a Bar: Q&A
Why are Bars so loud?
Bars are designed with cleanliness in mind. They are built with hard reflective surfaces that bounce noise. Marble, granite, tile, tin, brick, block, wood and glass surfaces combine to absorb 5% of the echoes in the room. The unwelcome result is the elevation in levels of background noise, which in turn force patrons to elevate their voices to hold communication. Add the flow of alcohol, and the strain in communication reaches its peak. It is the result of these reflective surfaces, and the lack of any noise mitigation efforts, that threaten the repeat business of the bar. Loud happy customers are a good thing, yes, but when the noise levels spike to discomfort, those bars that invest in proper soundproofing techniques gain the competitive edge.
How to design a Bar for premium sound quality
When designing a new bar for premium sound quality, it’s important to keep the noise from traveling into the dining area. You can separate the two areas with a wall, or you can install bar soundproofing treatments that will absorb the noise. A set of acoustic panels can adequately capture and convert the echoes within your noise infested bar. This will soundproof your bar and deliver clarity to conversation over table tops or bar stools. Also if you have the opportunity to do so, build walls inside the bar that are not parallel surfaces. Do not build a bar the shape of a shoebox. Force the sound waves to scatter in a variety of directions by angling your wall and ceiling surfaces. And on those surfaces, place a set of targeted sound panels designed to capture and convert the echoes from the space. Your result will be a welcome soundproof bar atmosphere that your clients will enjoy.
How to soundproof an existing Bar
You can preserve the ambience of your bar and give your customers the best possible experience with bar soundproofing treatments. Sound panels can be placed anywhere you wish — wall or ceiling mounted. We also have Ceiling Clouds that can be rigged to float mechanically from your ceiling, so you can leave the walls as they are. If you’re interested in the soundproofing design to your space, clients can upgrade their acoustic treatment to include graphics, logos, artwork and imagery printed onto the face of their sound panels. The key to the success of your bar soundproofing project is to ensure that you do not under-treat the space. A free Room Analysis is available to help calculate the coverage amounts for the soundproofing acoustic panels for your bar.
How does Bar noise impact repeat customers?
Because bars have many hard, reflective surfaces, it’s easy for sound waves to bounce around the room and spike noise levels. As a result, customers will continually have to raise their voices to be heard, which will only increase the noise exposure levels within the space. This will create an unenjoyable experience for patrons and affect the overall atmosphere in the bar. Yes, it’s good to have a lively bar atmosphere, you don’t want it to sound like a library, but you do want to control exposure levels for the comfort of your patrons. That’s why it’s important to invest in soundproofing your bar with a set of NetWell sound panels: protecting your repeat customers from the noise will protect the long term success of your bar and keep them coming back.
Why do some Bar owners prefer the noise and not invest in Bar soundproofing?
An owner might choose to have a loud bar and not invest in soundproofing treatments. Mainly these bar owners are either on tighter budgets and unable to make the proper investment into bar soundproofing, or they might prefer the customers not linger in their seats for too long. Some bar owners favor the noise. They use the noise to rotate customers in and out of their seats more quickly in an attempt to sell more drinks to more people. But this comes at the risk of losing repeat customers to the competitive hospitality market. Most owners find that proper sound panel treatments in their loud bar reap the greater reward.
How to soundproof a dining area connected to a loud Bar
If your dining area doesn’t have dividing walls to separate it from your bar, the goal is to lower exposure levels by evenly placing a set of sound panels throughout the bar and dining area. Bar soundproofing treatments are not directional; they won’t lower just the dining area noise or just the bar area noise. They will work collectively to absorb and eliminate the echoes that are spiking noise levels. By removing the echoes from the room with our Fabric Panels, your decibel levels in both the bar and dining area will collapse back to comfortable acoustic levels. The sound panels work just as well ceiling mounted as they do wall mounted. There are options to help protect the design and decor of the space while soundproofing your bar.
Why is acoustic foam a bad choice for soundproofing a Bar?
While acoustic foam is an ideal sound panel for a music studio setting, it is not ideal for restaurant space. Acoustic foam is a chemically based product that will turn to dust over time. Also, most acoustic foam panels are not class A fire rated, and should never be put in a loud bar to control the noise. When the foam panel begins to decay, it emits dust particles into your ventilation system and sprinkles them out over your eating and drinking areas. As a result, acoustic foam should never be used to soundproof a bar. Always opt for the class A version of our sound panels, which are made of compressed fiberglass. See our Fabric Panels. These panels are class A fire rated, do not degrade over time, and combine to capture and convert up to 80% of the unwanted echoes from your bar.
How many sound panels are needed to soundproof a Bar?
Soundproofing a bar is all about placing the right amount of sound panels into the space, regardless of the location of the panels. The key to ensuring that your sound values are met lies in getting these coverage amounts correct. The size, shape and surface textures in your bar will tell us how much square footage of sound panel is needed to collapse your noise levels and soundproof your bar. Simply call our help desk at 1-800-638-9355, or submit a Room Analysis form so we can calculate your Fabric Panel coverage amounts. Remember, the key to making your soundproofing treatment perform is to ensure that you do not undertreat the room.
Where should sound panels be placed inside a noisy Bar?
Location is regardless for bar soundproofing treatments as long as you place the right amount of panels in your space. Just be sure the sound panels are exposed to the room and not hidden behind a surface or under chairs and tabletops. Your Fabric Panels can be wall or ceiling mounted as you wish, flush mounted to your surfaces, or cloud mounted to “float” mechanically off your ceiling. Distribute the panels in nice even site lines across the expanse of your ceiling or perimeter wall surface. Check our Case Studies library for images and ideas that might help give you a visual on your options for sound panel placement.
What are the benefits to using NetWell’s Bar soundproofing treatments?
Without bar soundproofing, the voices in your bar will spike to uncomfortable levels. Patrons will begin to raise their voices over the competing background noise, which will spike the noise levels even further. Once your Fabric Panels are placed inside your bar, these noise levels will be caught and captured by the sound panels, restoring the room to premium sound quality. The favorable sound values in your bar will help build a stronger base of repeat customers, since loud bars concede traffic to soundproofed bars. Your benefits will be that you best your competition, and preserve your repeat clients.
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