Offices | Conference Rooms

Offices | Conference Rooms

Quieting Office Environments

Concerns are on the rise that high noise levels in open office designs contribute to worker stress and lower productivity.

Acoustic Goal

Sound absorption is effective for lowering noise levels in offices, conference rooms and other office spaces.

When noise comes from adjoining rooms, noise-control solutions are needed instead of absorption.

Design Options

Wood and fabric finishes.

Product Attributes

Sound absorbing; impact-resistant when close in proximity to people and things; noise blocking from room-to-room.

Fabric Finishes

Absorbers control echo and reverberation, lowering ambient noise levels in rooms for quieter and more productive workflow and interaction.

For areas that are in close proximity to office traffic, panels with impact-resistance will deter damage from occasional elbows, wheeled carts, or other situations.


Sound Absorber

Cost-effective absorber, efficient in 1" thicknesses for speech frequencies. Flush-mountable on gypsum-board ceilings and walls.

High Impact HardSide

Sound & Impact Absorber

Cost-effective, impact-resistant acoustical panels that resist mild to medium impacts.


Non-Acoustical Panel

Tackable panels for bulletin boards that blend visually with sound absorbing panels in cubicle, copy machine and other shared areas; do not absorb sound.


Special Finish

Your artwork, corporate logo, picture, or message on acoustically-transparent fabric. Compatible with any of these panels.

Reducing Noise and Increasing Productivity

Designers are focusing on reducing noise in open office spaces, adding quiet areas where individuals and teams can retreat, and controlling noise between offices.

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Offices are often overlooked as reverberant noise traps, but ending worker noise distractions can start here. Placing acoustical panels in the reflective path of workers’ voices can help lower reverberation levels.

Open Spaces

Taming noise levels in these spaces typically requires a multi-prong strategy. Use absorptive cloud panels, if ACT isn’t present, and absorptive wall panels. Raising cubicle walls helps to block direct sound transmission. White noise generators can be helpful for masking certain frequencies.


Identify areas on walls where sound will reflect; place absorptive panels in direct and indirect sound paths; include impact-resistant features where appropriate.


The typically hard and reflective surfaces can lead to a boisterous environment, just when workers need a quiet break before tackling the rest of the day. Absorptive wall and ceiling panels should be used if ACT isn’t present or isn’t enough.

Conference Rooms

Speech intelligibility is often compromised by A/V systems, audioconferencing and human voices. Aesthetically integrate absorptive surfaces on walls and ceilings to lower overall noise levels.

Wood Finishes

Wood surfaces typically reflect sound, resulting in a noisy work environment. Absorbers from the Acoustical Wood Collection reduce these reflections, creating quiet office spaces.

Customize the aesthetics with a choice of real wood veneers, hole patterns, matchings, cuts, finishes, and edges.


Sound Absorber

Linear-grooved patterns


Sound Absorber

Micro-perforated patterns


Sound Absorber

Symmetrical hole patterns

What about noise between offices?


Office Ceilings

Normal acoustical ceiling tiles (ACT) are made for sound absorption, not noise control. When walls don’t extend to the deck, sound can easily pass to adjacent spaces.


QuietTile Noise Control Ceiling Tile

QuietTile transforms your specified ACT into the highest-rated CAC ceiling tiles in the industry. Select your preferred model and style of ACT, made into multi-layered tiles that fit into standard lay-in ceiling grids.

QuietTile CAC 49-51

CAC - Ceiling Attenuation Class

Ceiling Attenuation Class (CAC) measures how much sound passes through a ceiling in one room, over a partition, and through the ceiling on the other side.

STC - Sound Transmission Class

Sound Transmission Class (STC) measures how much airborne sound passes through a partition (wall, ceiling, or floor). Kinetics has noise-control solutions for wall construction.

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