Acoustics and reverberation

Recommendation 107
– apply sound absorbing carpeting in stead of (or on top of) wood, linoleum, or ceramic tiles
– install thick and sheer curtains
– foam underneath tables and chairs
– upholstered furniture
– avoid venetian blinds
– other considerations around the home

Chapter (theme)
Interior design (reverberation / acoustics)

Because of
Sensory sensibility: hearing

In order to
decrease or avoid noise.

As mentioned in the general theme sound, hearing and therefore noise is one of the most serious sensory problems among people on the spectrum. This is the reason to reduce noise generally. When decorating or redecorating homes, reverberation too requires attention. The reason for particular attention here is that people on the spectrum have the added problem of confusion about the sources of noise. Reverberated noise is hard to identify for everyone, so requires extra attention here. (See also the theme of this recommendation.)

Apart from thick curtains and the application of other textiles such as area rugs and wall hangings to dampen room noise, furniture can be upholstered instead of having ‘bare’ furniture. Additionally, one can glue foam on the underside of tables and chairs to further muffle noise.

Sound dampening carpeting can be applied instead of (or on top of) wood, linoleum, or ceramic tiles.

There are many considerations around the home which add to the level of ambient noise and almost limitless small, simple, solutions to minimize or eradicate it. For example, door springs and door seals can be installed to prevent the slamming of doors, plastic guides can minimize creaking of cabinet doors and felt pads under table and chair legs minimize scratching sounds.