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What are acoustic roller blinds?

First of all, acoustic blinds are not designed to keep sound out. So, if you live under a busy flight path, they’re not going to help.

In a nutshell:

  • Acoustic blinds are not designed to block all noise
  • They can soften or reduce noise within a room
  • Soft synthetic material absorbs harsh noise, vibration and reverberation
  • Acoustic blinds are available in screen or full blackout fabric
  • Acoustic curtains are also available – but not venetian blinds
  • Because of the many options, it’s best to talk to a specialist supplier

Instead, acoustic blinds use a special material to soften or reduce the noise within a room and make it more comfortable for occupants.

That could be really important in large meeting rooms, eating areas or open-plan offices, where all kinds of noise bounces off hard surfaces (particularly windows).

How do acoustic blinds work?

They use a thick weave of a soft synthetic material (often polyester) to absorb harsh noise, vibration and reverberation. But... they look just like ordinary roller blinds.

Are acoustic blinds only available in blackout fabric?

That’s a good question, with perhaps a surprising answer. Despite their amazing sound-absorbing qualities, acoustic blinds can retain levels of transparency that let in the desired amount of light and heat. Of course, they can also be made with full blackout properties.

What about curtains?

Acoustic curtains are available. You may have seen them in music venues and theatres to provide better sound quality. They’re not used much in offices and public buildings, though. The wool serge material is heavy (and not transparent) and difficult to keep clean in areas of heavy use.

And acoustic venetian blinds?

Not yet... although the top companies are always innovating.

What next?

Acoustic blinds are becoming increasingly popular – especially as they’re available in a wide range of colours and designs. Because of the many options, it’s best to talk to a specialist supplier before making any decisions.

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