Choosing A Floor For Sound Quality
Thinking of bringing a piano into your home? There’s a lot to think about.
- The type – upright or grand
- The brand – dozens to choose from
- The age – old or new
- The location – what room in your home
But have you ever stopped to consider the acoustics in your room? What flooring you choose makes a difference in the overall performance of sound.
The harder the surface, the more it will reflect sound. That means if you lay wood or tile, for instance, on the floor beneath your piano, the sound bounces around the room, from floor to walls to ceiling and back again.
The more it bounces, the muddier it becomes, the harder it is to distinguish the individual sounds from one another. This can be troublesome for a budding musician who is attempting to clarify sound and practice to make each piece of music perfect.
Enter the studio of any professional and you’ll find a softer studio. Add cork to the flooring; many musicians add cork to the floor and the walls to cut down on background noise. Carpeting is also a good choice to clarify the sound. Foam backed vinyl flooring is another option for absorbing noise, plus has the advantage of being cushioned, durable, and easy to clean.
Still love your hardwood or tile, and love the look of your music room without changing flooring options? At the very least, add area rugs to avoid excessive reverberations and dampen the reflected sounds as you play.
If you’re looking to take full advantage of creating a music room of your dreams, remember the flooring you choose will make an impact. Let our experts help you choose the perfect flooring choice for your home.