Good Questions: How Do I Dampen the Echo?

Good Questions: How Do I Dampen the Echo?

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Maxwell Ryan
Aug 24, 2006

Hello AT,

I moved into a new apartment in May. I absolutely love the large dining room, but it's really noisy. When more than two people are in there, the noise echoes off the bare walls and hardwood floor.

But here's the challenge: I know the easiest thing to do would be to put a large rug under the table, but I hate the way that looks...

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Also, I know one solution would be to hang a textile piece on the wall, but I really don't like that look either. Do you have any other suggestions?

Thanks! Zach

Dear Zach,

If you don't want to do either of those things you are going to have to bite the bullet and put up with some echo, but there are a few things that you can do (and BTW, we like your floors the way they are right now as well).

Basically, any textile or sound absorptive object will dampen the sound and give a warmer feeling to the room. Here are places to consider:

- upholstered side chairs
- more art without glass covering
- leafy plants in the corners
- books on a bookcase
- tablecloth or runner
- sheer curtains on your living room doors

Anyone else?

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