Cancel out noise in your minimalist design
The minimalist look with sleek dining sets, high ceilings and open areas have become so popular with restaurants because of its less-is-more approach, however there is also a down side to it.
Modern design trends can somehow be blamed for the increased noise levels in our restaurants today – with their open kitchens and hard surfaces such as concrete, glass and steel. Because of the lack of elements that absorb noise, such as thick walls, carpeted floors, separate kitchens and couches, the spaces are prone to noise that can be detrimental to the business.
These restaurants reverberate with the clinking of plates, glasses and cutlery, added to the shouting of patrons endeavouring to be heard over the din. Customers do not want to yell their orders, questions or needs to the waiter!
Plenty of restaurant and bar owners, however, still want the minimalist design… until they receive their first customer complaint. Restaurant noise could potentially cause customers some sort of physical damage as noise levels in noisy venues sometimes exceed 100 decibels – a level which would require people to wear hearing protection in an industrial setting.
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Research says that the average noise levels in restaurants range from 50 to 90 decibels. There was an appeal to raise the allowable limit from 75 to 100 decibels, but it was denied. Note that 100 decibels are comparable to standing beside a power drill.
If you want to keep a minimalist look, you can incorporate some acoustic dampening elements in the design, such as panels in the walls to balance out hard surfaces or wall off noisy sections like the waiting area or kitchen. Talk to industry experts about the right music and space design to help you reduce the noise.
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