Solving Noise Problems in Cafés, Bars and Restaurants
At some point in our evolution, dining out with your loved one or popping down the local for a cheeky pint ceased to be the cosy experience it used to be. Gone are the days of velour booth seats, flock wallpaper, tasseled lampshades and candles in Chianti bottles (complete with paleolithic layers of wax drip)…and this is a shame because all of those materials* absorb noise rather well and there tended to be considerably less shouting.
Today, with hospitality venue design trending ever more towards utilitarian
aesthetics, designers have unwittingly introduced serious noise problems and acoustics issues with their hard unadorned surfaces and highly polished finishes. The popularity of this no-frills chic is understandable; it is crisp, it is clean and it is commensurate with the unrelenting, fuss-free, instant gratification hallmarks of
our millennial lifestyles.
However, from a sound perspective…it sucks.
They are reflective, they are reverberative and they are a catalyst for the
Lombard effect – that exponential increase in voice that we adopt when we can’t hear ourselves. And it actually has the potential to damage business.
According to an Action on Hearing Loss survey “Eight out of ten people have
left a restaurant, café or pub early because of the noise“. The survey also
reported that the online poll that surveyed both people with and without hearing loss “showed that 81% of respondents had difficulty holding a conversation because of the high level of environmental noise” and that “They were also united (91%) in saying that they will not make a return visit to a place where the noise levels were too high.” All of which proves the old adage of clientele voting with their feet.
But all is not lost.
If you have a dining room, canteen, bar or café that is suffering from sound problems, the solution can be as simple as installing a few absorptive panels and these can be as pretty or as plain as you like. The gallery below illustrates a selection of acoustic treatments we have supplied to a range of canteens, bars, cafes, club houses and restaurants.
If you would like to learn more about the sound management solutions we can offer hospitality and catering venues – click here.
If you would like to view our full range of acoustic solutions – click here.
Or, give us a call on 01424 775867 – we love a good natter!
*(OK, maybe not the Chianti bottles)