Soundproofing a room costs a fortune, right? Wrong. Aside from flat-pack furniture, Ikea are well regarded for their ability to bring technology to the masses, often at a fraction of the cost of their competitors. In our opinion, their latest foray into the world of sound absorbing technology is no exception.
Perfect for those who've long dreamt of a home cinema set-up – film buffs, serial box set bingers and gamers, we're looking at you – but can't justify spending (what could be) a small fortune on soundproofing, their Oddlaug Sound Absorbing Panels (above and, styled as curtain, above) are an affordable alternative designed to instantly enhance the at-home cinema experience.
But their uses don't stop there – you can use them to lessen the noise of neighbours, traffic and, er New Year's Eve parties, too.
Home cinema essentials
So, what are the Oddlaug Sound Absorbing Panels and how affordable are they, really? Designed to be hung anywhere and with the option to interconnect each panel as you wish, they work to lower the sound level in a room by disrupting noise frequencies. This makes all the difference when designing a soundproofed space with the right acoustics for watching films, TV series and more in peace.
Retailing at just £25 for 15 panels in the UK, or $29.99 for 15 in the US, they're the most affordable option we've found for non-permanent soundproofing. And they're pretty stylish, too.
Aside from their potential to help build a home cinema on a budget, the Oddlaug Sound Absorbing Panels are also an option worth considering if your home could benefit from a little extra sound proofing. Urban livers, you'll likely relate.
Hang them by your windows, attach them to a wall or use them as a room divider to instantly reduce the impact of chitter-chatter, the clattering of pots and pans or intrusive cars passing by your home.