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How to Reduce Noise in a Restaurant Setting

Published By: Jeff Darmound  -  Monday, November 27, 2017

Sitting at a restaurant's dining tables should be relaxing. It is definitely understandable if the crowd gets a bit exuberant when the big game is on, but it can become annoying for patrons of noise is nonstop on a typical night. In many instances, this noise pollution might not even come from other patrons. Fortunately, a loud eatery isn't something the owner and their customers have to deal with. The following tips will help to ensure that.

Place Carpet in High Traffic Areas

Some restaurateurs believe that their overall brand image simply doesn't fit with anything other than hardwood, stone or tile flooring, and this is absolutely fine. Unfortunately, it can also become quite annoying to patrons who are forced to listen to loud footsteps whenever someone is walking out of the bathroom or coming through the front entrance.

Fortunately, this irritation can be minimized by installing carpets or placing rugs in the highest traffic areas of the eatery. This simple solution won't often cost much, but its effects would definitely be noticeable immediately. The only thing left to worry about is finding dining tables for restaurants that won't make excruciating sounds if slid across the hard flooring.

Cover Up the Windows

Why would a culinary entrepreneur ever consider covering up windows when some patrons choose the specific restaurant booth due to the fact that it is next to a window? As it turns out, glass is an amazing reflector of sound, and in many dining atmospheres, this creates much more ruckus than people are accustomed to.

Luckily this is a pretty easy problem to overcome and doesn't require fully covering windows. Some industry experts will recommend putting textured wall surfaces over the glass, but in reality, curtains, blinds, and valances are just as useful. Plus, if a patron wishes to still have the aesthetic beauty of the sun coming through their windows they have that option.

Invest in Sound Panels

When looking for café chairs, cooking equipment, and dining table for restaurants, it is likely that every owner has come across advertisements for sound panels. Many restaurateurs have never even heard of such a thing, so it wasn't a terrible idea to overlook these marketing attempts. If an eatery has a noise problem, however, it might be time to look back at those panels.

Sound panels are typically square objects, although they can come in a variety of shapes, that are hung throughout dining areas to absorb sound. A restaurant's hard surfaces can make for noisy atmosphere, but the softer panels absorb sound vibrations and reduce noise.

Some eateries have even turned their sound panels into fancy paintings before hanging them. And since the panels can be hung on the walls or mounted to the ceiling, restaurateurs can take advantage of their benefits regardless of the size of their establishment.

Restaurant patrons aren't going to enjoy constant noise interfering with conversations and meals whether it's a normal Wednesday night or Super Bowl Sunday. The first concern of a culinary master is rarely going to be reducing noise. When the need arises, though, the aforementioned tips can go a long way.

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