Kennel / Boarding Rooms
Acoustically Treating A Kennel / Animal Boarding Room
Excessive reverberation from barking in a kennel can actually cause your k9 friends to bark more. Most kennels are built with absolutely no thought given to room acoustics. This excessive noise will cause stress to the dogs and employees alike. Acoustically treating your kennel will have a profound impact on the animals comfort while boarding there. This will also increase the perceived value of the kennel as it shows your facility truely cares about the animals and employees well being. This will also help animals that are recovering from surgical procedures heal faster. Countless studies prove this to be true in humans. Here is an example:
When installing acoustic panels in a kennel the placement locations are not of extreme importance. The sound absorption panels will do a good job of absorbing the excessive noise regardless of the position in the room. However, there are some important things to take into consideration. We do not recommend placing them where your furry friends could use them as a chew toy or even a fancy potty. So a relatively high placement is usually recommend (away from access by any animals) Acoustic ceiling baffles are also an excellent choice to keep the noise down without using wall space.
How much treatment do you need for your kennel space?
When it comes to acoustically treating a kennel there are 3 main factors to consider. Functionality, esthetics and budget. Lets cover each one.
The resulting number is how many square feet (sq/ft) of acoustical treatments you will need to achieve a beneficial change in the rooms acoustical properties.
Esthetics: Since your restaurant is going to be seen by lots of people you are going to want to make sure wherever you install your treatments looks good. Sometimes walls aren't the best option for placing your panels because of decor or the interior design. If this is the case, installing acoustic ceiling baffles is a great solution. Diffusion is also a great looking option to treating your restaurant and creating a nice ambiance in your space.
Budget: Last but not least, consider your budget. Any acoustical treatments can improve the perceived sonic quality and your customers satisfaction. The key is to get as close to the minimum coverage requirements as possible. If that is not a possibility then you can install the treatments that are within your budget. Then add more treatments down the road if necessary. There is no problem in doing this and is how lots of people approach treating their spaces.