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What are sound-absorbing wood panels

1. What are sound-absorbing wood panels?

Sound absorbing wood panels are materials used to control and improve the interior acoustics of a space. These materials are designed to absorb, diffuse or reflect sound and are applied according to the specific requirements of each project.

At Metrowall we specialize in the design and manufacture of resonator-type absorbent acoustic coverings, made of wood for indoor application.

Uses of our soud-absorbing wood panels:

  1. Reverberation reduction.
  2. Removal of unwanted echoes.
  3. Sound clarity improvement.
  4. They provide a more comfortable and quiet environment.


In addition, we complete our range of products with decorative wood coverings available in a wide collection of combinable designs and textures.

Metrowall acoustic and decorative coverings are versatile and can be used in all types of projects in order to achieve the best acoustic performance, since the greater the influx of people a space has, the more important noise control will be.

Type of spaces where Metrowall sound-absorbing wood panels can be installed:

Access halls.
Hospitals, clinics and healthcare spaces.
Hotels and residences.
Offices and coworking spaces.
Recording studios.
Restaurants, stores and shopping centers.
Schools, Universities and training classrooms.

On the other hand, construction regulations are increasingly demanding with the acoustic performance that projects must offer, which is why, as part of its value proposition, Metrowall offers technical advice for the integration and installation of its acoustic coatings and decorative, so that the guarantee of acoustic comfort is part of the project from its design stage.


2. What kind sound-absorbing wood panels exist?

There are several kinds of absorbent acoustic coatings, the most common are:

2.1 Resonator panels

In this group we find Metrowall acoustic and decorative wood panels.

These are perforated wooden panels – with holes, slots or any free shape – installed at a certain distance from the wall or ceiling, leaving an air cavity between the panel and the wall that must be filled totally or partially with a porous absorbent material, usually mineral wool. This porous absorbent material is always placed as close as possible to the perforated panel.

The acoustic success of resonator panels lies in the composition of the resonator assembly, not in its elements viewed independently.

In the case of Metrowall, we offer absorbent acoustic coverings in melamine and wood that act as resonators and offer high acoustic efficiency, as well as an elegant decorative performance, which exalts the space.

2.2 Porous materials

They are materials with their own porous structure where the material itself absorbs acoustic waves through its cavities. Cork, mineral wool, textiles, curtains, foams, rugs, carpets, are some of them.

2.3 Membrane panels

These panels, usually made of solid wood or laminated gypsum board, are designed to vibrate at specific frequencies and reduce noise at those frequencies. These are light panels (without perforations) installed at a certain distance from the wall, leaving an air cavity that is usually totally or partially filled with mineral wool.

The acoustic success of the membrane panels also lies in the composition of the assembly. However, it is important to highlight that the choice of the type of acoustic covering will depend on the specific needs of the space, the design objectives and the budget available for the work.



3. Where and how to install Metrowall sound-absorbing wood panels? 

Metrowall sound-absorbing wood panels can be installed on walls, ceilings and freestanding elements.

3.1 Installation on walls

The Metrowall wooden panels are placed in a lining style on a substructure of wooden battens anchored to the wall.

The plenum between the panel and the wall must be filled with mineral wool and will have a thickness of approximately 50mm, with the entire assembly having a total thickness of 66mm on the existing wall.

3.2 Installation on ceilings

The Metrowall wooden panels are placed as a false ceiling on a grid of standard T-type metal profiles.

The plenum between the panel and the ceiling is usually around 200mm, but this distance varies greatly depending on the project. The mineral wool should preferably rest on the panels, to provide the greatest possible acoustic absorption.

3.3 Installation in independent elements

Metrowall wooden panels can be used as covering elements such as screens, mobile dividers or dividers, giving these elements much-needed acoustic absorption properties in open spaces such as halls or open-plan offices.

Consult our technical team to develop and integrate new applications that can generate the acoustic comfort that your project needs.


4. What can sound-absorbing wood panels acoustic coatings contribute to different types of projects?

Acoustic comfort is a quality of great importance in the way spaces are perceived and to carry out any type of activity.

Metrowall sound-absorbing wood panels can be installed in a wide variety of locations to improve sound quality and control space acoustics.

Types of spaces, objectives and contribution of Metrowall sound-absorbing wood panels:

• Auditoriums, concert halls and theaters:
Optimize acoustics and ensure a high-quality listening experience for the audience.

• Conference rooms and meeting rooms:
Improve speech intelligibility and reduce reverberation, ensuring communications are clear and effective.

• Gyms and sports spaces:
Reduce noise and reverberation, providing a more pleasant and safe environment for exercise.

• Healthcare spaces and hospitals:
Create relaxed and calm environments that promote the well-being and recovery of patients.

• Households:
Improve sound quality and reduce unwanted noise in common access areas and private spaces.

• Offices and work spaces:
Reduce ambient noise and improve employee privacy and concentration.

• Recording studios:
Control reverb and improve audio recording quality.

• Restaurants and bars:
Create a more comfortable environment and reduce background noise, allowing customers to converse without difficulties.

• Schools and universities:
Create quieter learning environments, where students can concentrate, listen and communicate better.

New construction or rehabilitation projects. Some considerations:

In new construction projects, it is important to consider the acoustic treatment of spaces from the initial project phase.

As for rehabilitation projects, they are always a good opportunity to improve the acoustic comfort and good use of buildings.

Metrowall coverings can be easily placed in both new construction projects and renovations, guaranteeing an improvement in the acoustic quality of spaces.

Do you want to get the best acoustic experience for your project?

Count on Metrowall

At Metrowall our customers have technical advice for the best integration of our products into their projects, in order to achieve the best acoustic comfort results.

We accompany the entire project process, from its design, custom manufacturing of our acoustic and decorative wooden panels, advice on installation and best assembly conditions, to the customization of all elements – lighting, doors and windows.





We will be happy to share our knowledge and offer you the best solution to make your interior design project a success.

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