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Quiet a Noisy Restaurant with Cork Table Toppers

Cork is a natural material that is great at absorbing and dampening sounds. Cork is commonly used for soundproofing, as well as for aesthetics and of course wine stoppers. Usually cork boards are applied to walls or floors, as those are the largest surfaces in a room. However, restaurants can use cork as a topper for dining tables to help reduce sound reflections and quiet down a noisy dining room, since table tops collectively make up a large surface. You can do this as a permanent or removable solution. Best of all, cork is affordable and sustainable, and it’s durable and recyclable. 

Cork’s natural sound dampening ability comes from the shape of its 14-sided cells, which work to create a honeycomb structure that diffuses sound. Think of it as a big piece of foam, there are a lot of little holes that sound has trouble traveling through. You can buy cork in rolls or sheets, and simply cut pieces to fit your table tops. For a permanent solution, you can use cork to add a trendy new look to some old tables by gluing the cork directly to your existing table tops, and leaving the cork exposed. You can even paint it with a color that matches your decor or table bases to help it blend in even more, or cover your tables with stylish tablecloths for an added layer of sound dampening and design detail.

If you like your existing table tops, but need some sound mitigation, you can simply cut pieces of cork the same size as your table top, and then place them on the tables and cover them with a tablecloth. This will help provide a sound dampening layer that is largely invisible to your guests. You don’t have to glue the cork down, it should stay in place fairly well on its own, so this is a great solution if you only occasionally need extra sound dampening, such as during special events and banquettes.

If you’re doing a renovation and want to go all the way, you can consider covering your walls, floors and ceilings with cork. Cork flooring is durable and actually has some spring to it, which can reduce fatigue for wait staff who are on their feet a lot during long shifts. Cork flooring and cork materials for walls are fire-resistant as well, an added bonus for hospitality businesses.