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How to Reduce Echoes With Wood Floors

Echoes in a house are the result of sound waves reverberating around a room and bouncing off walls, floors and ceilings. Rooms that have a lot of echoing usually have high ceilings and hard surfaces. A wood floor is an additional surface that reflects echoes.

Things You Will Need

  • Rugs
  • Carpeting
  • Drapes
  • Soundproof paneling

Echoes in a house are the result of sound waves reverberating around a room and bouncing off walls, floors and ceilings.  Rooms that have a lot of echoing usually have high ceilings and hard surfaces.

A wood floor is an additional surface that reflects echoes.  Since it's not usually feasible to lower the ceiling, the alternative is to "soften'' up the room.

This is done by adding soft materials to the walls, floor and around the room. 

  1. Place area rugs that are of a high quality over your hardwood floor. Rugs help absorb sound in a room with a wood floor.
  2. Install carpeting over your hardwood floor. Place a pad that has sound-absorbing qualities underneath the carpet. There are special pads made of sound-blocking material that can be purchased at flooring stores.
  3. Place drapes on your windows. Make sure the drapes reach all the way to the floor. The thicker the material of the drapes, the more echoes will be absorbed.
  4. Place items composed of heavy material, such as carpets, rugs or blankets, on the wall to block sound waves.
  5. Soundproof your walls as well as you can. Install manufactured soundproof panels made of foam. These can be placed inside the walls or on their surfaces. Add an additional layer of drywall inside the walls.
  6. Place soft furniture in the room, such as sofas and cushions.

Things You Will Need

  • Rugs
  • Carpeting
  • Drapes
  • Soundproof paneling

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