Of all the rooms in your home, living room could be one of the rooms that you all would use as an entertaining space, especially if you do not have an entertaining room for that kind of specific purpose. However, most people often have problematic acoustics with it. But if you understand the right tricks to solve it, you bet you would have a really comfortable living room with better acoustics. No need for special items to do the tricks. You could use all kinds of item that have already been in your living room. You only need to give them some tweaks.
The first item you definitely need to have in your living room in order to improve the acoustics is a curtain and a heavy one in this case. Also, if you get a quite big living room, we really recommend you to just grab a couple more heavy curtains to make the results even more outstanding. Heavy curtains, just like carpeted wall in an acoustic room, are really useful to make sure that no sounds entering or leaving your living room easily because thick materials have the characteristic to absorb sound, especially at speech frequency.
Other than heavy curtains, you could surely use carpet. Actually, certain types of flooring, like hardwood floors, are able to ruin the acoustics in your rooms. That is why you probably need to cover it with carpet as it will prevent the sound bounces off the surface of the floor easily before it reaches your ears. But if you think it does not work effectively, try some canvas absorbers. Those are items made of canvas that you could mount to your living room wall. It will also help absorbing the sound. Plus, they could also be decorative elements.
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