Soundproofing an Office in a Factory - Few Simple Tips

Not everyone has the luxury of working in a quiet, corporate environment. Many managers, especially those working in factory type environments, find themselves trying to get their paperwork done in a place that is far from quiet. The concept of soundproofing an office that is part of a factory presents its own set of concerns.

Soundproofing an Office in a Factory - Few Simple Tips

As with any soundproofing project, it is really much easier to do this type of project while a building is under construction. Unfortunately, most office employees don’t have access to their spaces as they’re being built. 

Today’s factories usually have quieter machinery but there is still a ton of noise from machines, echoing, and from the people in the factory itself. If you’re a manager in a surrounding office you might find it difficult to get your work done amidst the noise.

So what’s the solution? 

Start by taking an up-close look at your office door. Is it solid or is it hollow? 

Having a solid door in a factory environment is one of the easiest things you can do to soundproof your space. A solid door with proper door soundproofing makes it much more difficult for sound to pass through.

The rest of your soundproofing problems are a bit more general in nature. The problem is that sound carries through the air but it is virtually impossible for you to have an airtight office 100% of the time. 

There are, however, a few things you can do to help dampen or absorb some of the sound waves created by the factory before they creep into your office space. They’ll address sound in general as well as the window to your office, if you have one. 

Here are a few sound proofing ideas to keep in mind:

  • Moving your bookshelves to the wall closest to the noisy factory floor will add mass to the wall. The denser a wall, the harder it is for sound to pass through.
  • Get some acoustical caulk and seal any open spaces you find along your walls, windows, or baseboards. Open spaces or gaps are invitations for sound.
  • See if your employer will consider creating an airtight barrier by installing a second layer of glass over the first in your office window, creating a strong sound barrier.
  • Make sure your floor is carpeted instead of plain concrete.
  • Hang heavy drapes over your office windows to block sound while you’re on the phone or to add extra privacy. They’re easy to open and close when needed.

Sadly, if you don’t own the business you won’t have a lot of say when it comes to making permanent soundproofing changes – but you can try!

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