How Restaurateurs Can Control Indoor Noise Levels

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Most
restaurant booths don’t come equipped with their own sound-proof barriers, so
it’s no surprise that patrons hear much more than just what’s going on at their
tables. This is absolutely normal, but
when the noise becomes excessive, it can result in a negative dining
experience. And when it comes down to
it, these experiences drive guests away. Fortunately, there are ways restaurateurs can reduce noise pollution in
their eateries.

Strategically Place
Side-Stations and Equipment
While
high ceilings and hardwood floors play a huge role in loud restaurants these
days, there are certain practices that will result in overbearing noise
regardless of the eatery’s layout. If
soda machines, dish washing areas and other commercial restaurant equipment are
too close to the dining room, for instance, especially boisterous guests could
be the least of the establishment’s worries.

Additionally,
side-stations are often hectic areas with plenty of shuffling and conversation
going on between servers. Not only does
this add to the noise, but waitstaff could get too comfortable talking about
certain things within earshot of customers. Simply try to keep these stations and loud equipment a safe distance
from the dining area, or at least use soundproofing technology to reduce their
effect.

Turn Down the Music, Turn
Down the Chatter
While
it seems to be almost too “common sense” to warrant mentioning, turning down
the volume of restaurant music can go farther than most realize. Some establishment owners even think slightly
louder music can help drown out other conversations so patrons can enjoy their
own.

Unfortunately,
this isn’t how it works. In fact,
turning down the overhead music will result in patrons quieting down
themselves. After all, the people in the
surrounding bar tables will be able to hear them at that point.

While
speaking on overhead noise, it’s also worth mentioning that keeping the HVAC
system in great condition can reduce noise. Once these systems need repair or maintenance, their low hum can quickly
turn into a seemingly roaring annoyance.

Use Sound-Blunting
Strategies
While
moving a few things around and reducing overhead music might be easy fixes, the
design features of modern restaurants are noise-inducing. High ceilings coupled with hardwood flooring
and other features are ripe for acoustics bouncing all over the place. In these situations, though, sound-blunting
technologies can be used.

Some
restaurant owners, for instance, add acoustical tile to a single wall. This prevents noise vibrations from bouncing
throughout the restaurant. In addition,
drape cloths can be used on high ceilings to reduce their acoustic effect. Similarly, curtains should be used on windows
for the same effect. Finish this off
with a few area rugs and even table cloths, and noise levels will reduce
dramatically.

Unlike
concerts and clubs, restaurants aren’t usually the scene where people show up
to be inundated with noise. Thanks to
design layouts, this is consistently becoming a larger problem. Fortunately, it’s not a problem that lacks easy
solutions. When restaurant booths are
filled with patrons who want a relaxing meal, the aforementioned tips go a long
way.