Foosball, for those people who do not realize, can be an incredibly noisy game, ask someone who has lived in a flat under some Foosball lovers. So what can be done to reduce the noise?
Every situation is different, depending on where the table is about the people who are being affected by the noise, and it is unlikely that you will be able to eliminate all of the noise, but read on for suggestions that can be tried to reduce the sound of that ball!
Reducing the sound from a foosball table can be a lengthy and costly endeavor. However, the first cheap and straightforward thing to do, is to try changing the ball, for a lighter and quieter cork ball, like these here. This is by far the easiest thing to try first
Right, the cork ball did not work! What to try next
What Are The Two Types Of Noise
Experts say that there are two types of noise to consider when trying to reduce noise levels. These noise types are
Airborne or ambient sounds
These are sounds that travel through the air; the most obvious example of this is when you are speaking to another person, the sound travels through the air. Other cases are ringing phones, noises from a TV, and similar. These sounds are transmitted through air, then through floors, ceiling, etc. When playing foosball, this type of noise is caused by the ball, hitting the back of the goal, and is the easiest to reduce.
These sounds travel through solid objects like your floor, and are caused by something making contact with it. People walking/running, dropping something on it will all make impact sounds. When playing Foosball, trapping the ball under a players foot can cause impact sounds.
They occur because the impact creates vibrations (Sound is just vibrations that are picked up by your ear) in parts of the room, then travel through the connected objects. Stop on the floor, goes through the connecting joists to the ceiling below, where the vibrations are converted into sounds as the roof vibrates
This type of sound is far harder to reduce than airborne sounds. This can be difficult in an existing building. The best way to overcome this type of noise is to decouple the materials that are connected. For example, Floor and ceiling coverings.
Making Foosball Quieter
There are some things you can try to do, to reduce the noise that is made when you, or someone else is playing foosball. Alternatively, you may need to print this page out a subtly slip it under your Neighbours door!
Blocking The Sound
This one may be a bit obvious, but you have got the windows and doors closed, right? Just closing these is going to reduce the noise to the outside world considerably. It’s not going to help anyone living below you though
What The Ball Is Made From
Let’s face it the majority of the noise on a Foosball table comes from the ball, as it is the thing that is flying around the table. So this needs to be the first on our list of things to “Fix.” Using lighter balls results in a lot less noise being made.
European style tables often use a cork ball. These are lighter, softer so usually quieter. They make a game more strategic, and learning to play with a cork ball, while it may seem strange at first may improve your game.
You should be able to practice deception and try out pin shots more. This type of ball is known for being sticky, and this helps with controlling it, allowing more finesse. Trying a cork ball is by far the cheapest and simplest option for reducing the noise, so I would suggest that you try this method first
Ball Hitting The Back Of The Goal
You are trying to shoot the ball as hard as you can into the back of the goal; this is going to make a noise! This is usually made of wood or metal, try putting some foam rubber behind the goal. To try it out, put some foam rubber, like an old mouse mat into the back of the goal.
Now hit the ball at it as hard as you can, it should have reduced that thunk considerably! If this is working, consider attaching it with something like Velcro, so that it stays in place, but you can remove it or replace it as required.
Rods Hitting The Table Sides
We all get a bit carried away during an exciting game of foosball, and those rods are slamming in and out against the table sides. Some extra rubber stoppers and making sure that the rods are well lubricated may reduce some of this noise
The Position Of The Table
Moving the table is not always possible, as tables are usually large and take up a lot of room. But the location of the table can make a big difference.
Naturally as far away from the people being disturbed as possible, also if there is a hollow space below, you this echo any noise, try to find something substantial, like a supporting wall to rest some of the legs on. This will reduce any impact noise.
Soundproofing The Room
Rooms can be soundproofed as well, this is a bigger job than all the others, and I do not know a great deal about this. After Googling I can give this advice: Hard surface and angles reflect sound, it bounces off like a pool ball on the table sides.
Adding a soft cushiony surface to these will absorb the sounds and stop the echoing. This will significantly reduce them and transmission of sound.
Add Rugs and carpets to the floors, cloth wallpapers, and hanging tapestries, heavy curtains, acoustic ceiling tiles will all reduce the sounds in a room. Even rearranging the furniture can make a huge difference
All factors considered, most homeowners paid between $1,015 and $2,585, with the average soundproofing job costing about $1,746.
Cheaply Soundproof A Room
How Much Does It Cost To SoundProof A Room
The cost of soundproofing a standard room will incur the following:
$170 to $250 for materials
$190 to $300 for labor
$20 to $40 for tools need to do the work
Larger rooms and rooms with a complex shape will cost more.
Does not include modifying any existing structures
Table Legs And The Floor
A lot of the noise that is generated from the table travels down the legs and is then amplified via the floor. This is especially true if the floor is not stable. To reduce this effect, a thick heavy rubber backed carpet will reduce the noise a lot.
This is an expensive option, a cheaper alternative, though slightly less effective, is to put some solid rubber under each of the legs to reduce the vibrations. Foam rubber mouse mats will not do here because of the weight. You can buy proper rubber feet from hardware shops
What To Look for In Sound Reducing Materials
Sound Transmission Class – STC is a numeric value, that tells you how well a floor will reduce airborne noise. The higher the value, the better the effect of reducing any airborne noise.
Impact Insulation Class – IIC is a similar numeric value to STC, but determines how well something will reduce any impact noise that occurs. Particularly useful for Foosball Tables, as this type of sound can be a problem. The higher the value, the better this material is at stopping any impact noise.
Density and Thickness. When soundproofing, it is mass that stops a lot of the sound. The best soundproofing materials are going to be thicker and more substantial than the others. This means that they will cost a little more. Buy specialist materials, not basic underlay from large home improvement stores, if you want the best results
Floor Noise Reduction
The following materials can be used to help reduce noise on floors
These are materials that you lay over a floor, which cushions the floor, reducing the effects of impact and airborne noise. Look at the IIC and STC ratings
Sound Deadening Vinyl/Mass Loaded Vinyl
A thin, dense vinyl sheet. The mass of the layer dampens the noise of the floors. Look at the IIC and STC ratings
Sound Absorbing Floor Insulation
You need to take up your floor and put this material in the gaps between the joists. Can also be installed in the ceilings. Look at the IIC and STC ratings
Acoustic Floor Tiles
Tile your floor with these in rooms with hard floors to reduce the echo and noises transmitted through the floor.
Sound Absorbing Carpet Padding
Cheap carpet with thin padding does not absorb sound well. Get a thicker, more substantial, noise absorbent padding
Last but not least is the cheering and whooping that you do when you score that winning goal! Try to keep that down as well. This can be difficult at first, but if you have something like a “swear jar,” for excessive noise, and make the fine expensive you will soon learn to be quiet
Cheaply Soundproof a room
Soundproofing a room – cheap tricks
If you require more information, please check these references
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