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Phone booth or partition, what is the best choice for your business?

Confidentiality is a necessity in the office and finding the solution that's right for you is too!

April 14 2021
 Phone booth or partition, what is the best choice for your business?

Privacy needs in the office

Ensuring calm and confidentiality at work involves the layout of the space, especially in open spaces or in co-working spaces. Even more so during this health situation when outdoor meetings are no longer possible.

Confidentiality in business is a major issue for all structures. Regardless of the size of the business, some information cannot be shared with customers or employees. Transparency is certainly important, but confidentiality is also essential.

A confidential workspace will allow you to protect the data of your customers or partners that cannot be shared with the whole team. But also protect your data, whatever they are: financial, accounting, contractual... The main thing is to limit visual and auditory access as much as possible. This will prevent any intrusion by a third party into a confidential sphere. It is not a question of creating an enclosed and secluded space, because the open space would then lose all meaning. The aim is to find a compromise between too much and too little confidentiality.

The need for calm in the office

Calmness is also necessary for work life. However, this is the main negative point of open space. Despite the communication benefits that this office layout brings us, there's no denying the impact of ambient noise on our work and productivity.

 

If you are concerned about these problems, you have certainly already thought about acoustic furniture. However, it is sometimes difficult to know which solution to choose among the many solutions available on the market. We will focus on two of these solutions: acoustic booths and acoustic partitions. The former are appreciated for their acoustic performance and the latter for their more than affordable price.

Increased stress, reduced concentration, loss of privacy, lack of confidentiality in exchanges... So many negative impacts of an environment noisy which result in greater absenteeism and even a deterioration in the feeling of well-being at work, contributing to harmful atmospheres in services.

In response to these problems, the soundproof cabin, Acoustic pod or Phone box, depending on what you call it, remains the best alternative if you want to reconcile collaborative spaces, private spaces and acoustic solutions.

By the way, what type of partition are we talking about?

So-called “removable” partitions

Partitions are generally quite inexpensive, which is why they are often chosen. These are solutions that require few materials, are easy to build and can be integrated into any space.

  • The solid partitions

Solid partitions are lined with insulating wool (rock or glass wool). They delimit offices into distinct spaces and reduce noise, but the plasterboard and wool duo is not the most efficient acoustically.

  • Glass partitions

Glass partitions, especially double-glazed ones, have a greater impact on sound waves. Glass tends to be more elegant and brighter, so more appreciated by users.

Why choose an acoustic cabin rather than a partition?

1. A gift to the next tenant

At first, non-removable partitions are not very profitable: once installed you can no longer recover them. It's a gift you're giving to the next tenant! Unlike phone boxes, which are long-term investments since they have a lifespan of more than 10 years (for the best of them) and can follow you in your moves!

2. Low performance and acoustic comfort

As you can see, partitions are much less efficient in terms of sound insulation than acoustic booths. This difference is mainly due to the materials with which they are designed.

Another disadvantage is that of the reverb effect. The partition will actually tend to significantly reduce the noise level but it has no power over the echo effect. This effect that we hate so much, because it gives the impression that we are making a call in the bathroom! The fact that the partitions are not covered with fabric does not allow the frequencies of the sound to be absorbed and, on the contrary, causes them to reverberate on the walls.

The simple and practical nature of partitions has an impact on their performance. Keep in mind that they offer limited privacy compared to phone boxes. The acoustic performance remains low since they are only a wall and not an enclosed and hermetic space. So much so that acoustic booths provide you with a confidential space thanks to their acoustic performance while protecting you from outside noise.

3. Resell your phone booth!

Acoustic cabins, in addition to being profitable in the long term thanks to their durability and the fact that they are removable, can also be a resale product. If you want to part with them, during a move for example, it is entirely possible to sell them to the next tenant, unlike partitions, which are an integral part of the space. Phone boxes are the best investment you can make in terms of office furniture!


4. Save space with an acoustic pod

Unlike partitions, acoustic booths optimize space as much as possible. Instead of creating and allocating an entire room for your meetings or calls, you can maintain them in a cubicle. Phone boxes significantly reduce floor space.

The partitioning of part of your space transforms your open space into standard offices. Acoustic cabins allow you to keep the open space or flex office configuration while eliminating the disadvantages of this layout. With phone boxes, you offer your employees confidential and quiet mini-spaces.

Is any acoustic pod better than a bulkhead?

Attention, the advantages of phone boxes that we describe in this article do not prove to be true for all cabins. Low-end cabins are not likely to last over time. Nor do we promise you that they will survive several moves. The acoustic level of some is sadly similar to that of partitions...

We advise you to go test them in a showroom if you can, this will allow you to check acoustics and ergonomics. If you want to know more about how to choose the best phone box on the market, you will find all the necessary information in this item. 


Calm and confidentiality are essential elements in business to ensure its proper functioning. Enjoying space that promotes confidentiality is now a necessary comfort. However, be careful not to overdo it with confidentiality to the point of hindering communication between company employees.

Acoustic cabins are ideal, they represent a profitable investment over time and a definite comfort. To find out more about these products, go to our category product!

You understood it, the acoustic insulation represents a major challenge for company productivity and the well-being of your employees.

Now that you know how to choose your soundproof cabin, All you have to do is make your selection, configure your workspace and to take advantage of these numerous advantages.

If you still don't see the whole point in equipping your offices with one or more soundproof booths, here is a short reminder of its main advantages:

  1. Acoustic treatment in the office

Limiting noise pollution at work as much as possible is essential if you want your business premises to be a source of creativity and productivity.

External noises coming from public roads, reverberation of sound waves on partitions, colleagues who are a bit too expansive in their conversation, telephone ringtones, noises from office equipment, intensive traffic and the movement of people within the open space... All these conditions lead to a possible deconcentration of employees and therefore to a reduction in the benefits of the open and shared office.

Instead of incurring costs in installing acoustic panels, double glazing, insulated floors, acoustic absorbent flooring, sound-absorbing false ceilings or seeking to reduce noise by installing counterwalls and other more or less effective subterfuges, invest in a soundproof cabin.

The acoustic performances of the Leet Design soundproof cabin ideally respond to this problem by offering all teams the free choice of a quieter workplace.

  1. The guarantee of the preservation of privacy

Although any business strategy is based primarily on the ability of managers to create a collaborative dynamic made possible by open spaces, it is also a question of taking into consideration individual needs to stimulate the creativity of certain stakeholders.

While some individuals take pleasure in and are stimulated to carry out their daily tasks when confronted with the hustle and bustle of open space, others need more peace and privacy. The acoustic cabin is the perfect choice to meet the sensitivities of each member of a team.

Much more than a simple acoustic correction, the soundproof cabin allows better isolation of the worker, is ideally integrated into the aesthetics of your offices and allows you to gain modularity for the layout of your work spaces.

  1. Optimizing the ergonomics of workspaces

Offices that are too large, meeting rooms that are not adapted to the needs of employees, partitioned spaces that encroach on the overall area of business premises, so many wasted square meters that can nevertheless be optimized via the individual or collective soundproof cabin.

With the phone box, you have the opportunity to create several modular office spaces in the heart of a single room. A metal frame, integrated lighting, controlled ventilation, acoustic absorbing materials, glass walls with a high absorption coefficient and a wide choice of customization, all advantages that should encourage you to choose the soundproof cabin.

  1. Equipment essential to the quality of life at work approach 

As we seek to constantly improve living conditions at work for employees and are considering the measures to be put in place to meet these professional well-being challenges, the acoustic cabin represents the ideal solution.

From the vocal nuisance of the colleague who speaks a bit too loud to exposure to outside street noise to the resonances of different sources of indoor noise, some of your employees may need a quieter space to be productive.

Install a soundproof cabin Contrary to popular belief, in an open office, employees are not isolated from their colleagues. These facilities make it possible to offer an environment adapted to the expectations and preferences of each and every one of them in carrying out their function.

Thanks to our manufacturing processes, we promise you a workplace equipped with high performance acoustic quality, ventilation designed for the well-being of the worker and optimal comfort of seats, tablets and integrated desks.

End the noise pollution within your open offices and professional premises by opting for the soundproof cabin.


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