The general term ‘acoustic curtains and blankets’ covers a wide range of designs and materials. They are constructed in different ways and used for lots of different applications. The only thing they have in common is that all acoustic curtains and blankets are used for some form of noise control or noise reduction.
In this article, we’ll explore the different types of acoustic curtains and blankets. We’ll also look at the main uses of these highly versatile noise reduction products.
You’ll find many different brands and types of acoustic curtains and blankets available on the market. For simplicity, they can be split into these three main categories:
These are most like conventional curtains, in that you can hang them from a standard curtain track. They are usually made of 100% pure new wool – and you can open and close them, just like regular curtains.
Wool serge acoustic curtains are designed exclusively for indoor use. They can help to improve the acoustics in rooms, offices or performing spaces. They do this by reducing the annoying reverberation caused by sound bouncing around hard walls, floors and ceilings. But these types of acoustic curtains won’t stop noise transfer between one area and another.
Robust wool serge is particularly effective at absorbing mid- and high frequency sound. You can sew it into normal curtain fabrics as a noise reduction lining, too.
Some key uses of acoustic curtains
These acoustic blankets have a highly absorbent core containing 25mm thick noise insulation core. Often used on internal walls, quilted studio blankets look good, too. You can choose from a wide range of attractive colours and fabric finishes.
They are available as a Class 1 fire rating as standard with the option of a class 0 fire rating. Other optional finishes include waterproofing. Studio blankets are relatively light and easy to fit. Velcro fastenings are the most popular fixings for quick installation and removal as needed.
Some key uses of quilted studio blankets
Unlike acoustic curtains, acoustic blankets come in indoor and outdoor variants. They are constructed from a 5-layer composite. At their heart is a high density acoustic barrier core which blocks noise extremely well with very high attenuation. This means acoustic blankets are especially effective at stopping noise created in one area from entering another neighbouring area.
While most acoustic blankets come in standard widths, they can easily be fixed together with velcro fasteners to create barriers of any shape and size as required.