Foosball, for those people who do not realise, it 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 entirely eliminate the noise, but read on for suggestions that can be tried to reduce the sound of that ball!
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 down stair 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 a lighter ball 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 easiest option for reducing the noise, so I would suggest that you try this method first
Ball hitting the back of the goal
Obviously, 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 so foam rubber at the back. To try it out, put some foam rubber, like an old mouse mat into the back of the goal. Then hit the ball at it as hard as you can, it should have reduced that thunk considerably! If this is working, consider attaching with something like Velcro, so that it stays in place, but you can remove it or replace it as required.
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
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 echos any noise, try to find something substantial, like a supporting wall to rest some of the legs on. This will reduce any echo effect.
Soundproofing the room
Rooms can be soundproofed as well, this is a bigger job than all the others, and I do not really 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 off the table sides. Adding a soft cushiony surface to these will absorb the sounds and stop the echoing. This will significantly reduce the echos 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
Cheaply Soundproof a room
Soundproofing a room – cheap tricks
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 shut up
If all else fails, the only option left is ear plugs or ear defenders!
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