Help! My Factory Office is Loud!
Do you work in a busy factory environment with a bustling floor surrounded by management offices? If so, you know how difficult it can be to concentrate on your work while factory workers are trying to get their own jobs done in the halls just outside your door. The question is whether or not it is actually possible to soundproof your office and cut down on some of that noise.
We usually focus a bit more on how to create sound barriers within a single room, home, or even a backyard. The reality of the situation is that in just about any environment it is easier to soundproof a building or room during its original construction phases. We, of course, don’t usually have access to our office spaces during that time so we have to become creative after the fact instead.
Let’s take today’s current environment into consideration. Yes, factory machines are a *little* less noisy but the truth is that most factory spaces are large and echo. There’s simply no getting away from noise unless you alter your personal office space.
Start by checking out the door to your office. It is solid or thin and hollow? If the latter, see if you can have the door replaced with something thicker and heavier. Doing so should play a huge role in reducing the noise in your office.
Sound travels through air so you have to address any space through which air can pass. You obviously can’t create an air-tight bubble in your office so you have to do the next best thing, making a few simple changes to alter your surroundings. Try the following soundproofing tips:
- Does your office have a window? If so, ask your employer to add a second layer of glass to create an airtight seal to block sound.
- Is there carpet on the floor of your office? Wood and even concrete can carry sound but carpet will absorb it.
- Does your office window have drapes? If not, cover the window with heavy drapes for additional sound control. You can open them and close them at will and they’ll help to absorb some sound as well.
- Seal any holes in your baseboards, along your walls, or around your windows with acoustical caulk so that air can’t pass through.
- Put your bookshelves, if you have them, on the wall closest to the factory floor. They’ll add mass, which blocks sound.
Your work environment is one you have a lot of control over but you can do a few things to soundproof it at least a little. Good luck!