My house has a open plan lounge/kitchen with this design you do get some echo, I have built some acoustic sound panels to resolve this issue. I think they look stylish, and don’t cost too much too make, especially if you already have the tools required. The build requires the minimum of equipment to make, ie no nails or clamps.
Please feel free to ask questions in the comments.
All patterned panels are made with curtains from Dunhelm, hexagon is burlap (sack cloth), and the plain duck egg blue panel is a tablecloth from Dunhelm.
This is for 800mm x 800mm x 44mm panels. Pictures show 1200mm (l) x 400m (h) x 100mm (d), 800x 800 x 100 and an Hexagon (100mm depth).
Softwood 2400mm x 12mm x 44mm (10 Pack – Wickes – 19.99, can be bought singly 4 pieces makes 3 – 800mm x 800mm panels).
Rockwool Sound Insulation slabs 1200mm x 600mm x 50mm (Wickes £39, 12 slabs).
Curtains with Lining (Both curtains in this article are £20 a pair in Dunhelm, that makes 4 panels).
Mitre Saw (or hacksaw and mitre block).
Evo-Stick Mitre Glue (3 second dry) (Wickes £10).
Heavy Duty Stapler (I used a Bosch electric one, but I did have some luck with a standard desktop stapler opened out because the wood was soft, try what you have before you buy).
Please wear a mask and gloves when handling the insulation and the Mitre glue, the glue can heat momentarily when pressing the joints together.
If you already have the tools then each panel (800mm x 800mm) should cost around £16-£20 each.