Coffered Ceiling: An Acoustic Solution For Any Space
The green movement in home design has moved into the realm of acoustics. Eco-conscious homeowners that want a solution for a noisy home are often left with few choices. Thankfully coffered ceilings offer a stunning yet practical answer to noise reduction.
Coffered ceilings are a type of ceiling dating back to ancient times, having even been used in the Roman Pantheon. It is an easily recognizable ceiling design consisting of a grid of squares or rectangles made up of beams, with decorative crown molding within each coffer or box. On the infographic below, Jason Tilton of Tilton Coffered Ceilings shows what every homeowner should know about coffered ceilings.
Coffered ceilings are a far more attractive solution to other acoustic sound blockers, which may often include ugly foams or extensive remodels that require expensive sound-blocking insulation. That being said, depending on your purposes, it is possible to also use these other types of acoustic solutions along with a coffered ceiling.
The grid pattern made up of box beams helps to absorb sound as a whole, but doesn't affect sound clarity directly in a local space. This means within a living room setting you won't have an issue hearing someone speaking or watching a movie, but the coffered ceiling will help prevent this same sound from reaching across your home. It's actually the grid-like form of coffered ceilings that makes it so ideal for reducing sound. The coffered ceiling looks beautiful, but the traditional box beams design helps dull noise quite effectively. Coffered ceilings are very adjustable in terms of each square grid size and can easily be custom fit to work around HVAc, lighting, sound, and/or security systems already in place.
Another interesting thing to note is that if you currently have acoustic equipment like speakers or lighting systems, these can be incorporated right into the box beams of a coffered ceiling. They will remain hidden, but actually allow for easier maintenance access than if they were installed in the actual ceiling.
Installing coffered ceiling is far less intrusive than other means of installing sound blockers, rarely requiring significant remodeling to put in place. Although these can be installed in brand new construction, there are plenty of possibilities when it comes to coffered ceiling "kits" that allow for a brand new ceiling within a weekend.