Why Every Home Office Needs an Acoustic Pod

Is working from your home office starting to feel like one of those ‘how I imagined it versus reality’ memes? The dream was epic–rolling out of bed, making a coffee, and working in your pyjamas. No commute, no chit-chat, just you and your laptop.

Now around 20% of UK workers work exclusively from home. For some of them, the reality has been, well, somewhat different to the dream. Noisy neighbours, distracting kids, and the endless cacophony of everyday life can make it hard to get your head down and your job done.

The good news is that there is a solution. One that’s elegant and provides somewhere to escape from it all. The solution is an acoustic pod.

What Is an Acoustic Pod?

Does the term ‘acoustic pod’ sound both intriguing and faintly alarming? First of all, dispel any fears of entering some kind of dystopian tardis with padded walls and complementary claustrophobia. Instead, picture yourself settling down to work in a cool, comfortable oasis of calm that makes focusing a doddle.

Not one-size-fits-all

Acoustic pods come in various sizes, from individual phone booth-sized rooms to larger Zoom rooms that can accommodate up to six people. Unless you’re running a significant business from your home and frequently entertain colleagues there, for most people, the individual and 1-2 person office pods are the best options.

Options for all tastes

Acoustic pods can be supplied either furnished or unfurnished. The unfurnished option lets you add your personal touch to the booth. But if you prefer a furniture package, there are several to choose from. The furniture is designed to be comfortable while making the very best use of space.

Comfort and quiet

Each soundproof booth features a toughened glass door. At 10mm thick, it’s similar to the stuff they use on the windows of high-speed trains and is designed to keep noise firmly on the outside. At the same time, it lets light flood into the pod, making it feel spacious and airy.

Ventilation is taken care of with a singular turbo fan. This guarantees the air in the booth is refreshed regularly, giving you lots of oxygen to fuel those creative processes. It produces minimal noise, so it doesn’t become a distraction itself.

The soundproofing materials used in the walls of the pods reach industry-leading standards. We don’t like to boast, but if you’re interested, that's STC 30dB (±5dB) & RT0.25s (±0.1s). Pretty impressive and guaranteed to help you forget the outside world.

Power and lighting

Your acoustic pod can become your home office. It includes gentle 150Lx daylight LED lighting, letting you see your work without harsh glare. The energy-saving motion sensor means you’re not wasting energy when you step away for lunch.

It also includes a Bluetooth audio system, making Zoom meetings and Teams calls a more natural, comfortable experience. Plus, you can pipe your playlist throughout the room to make the day pass faster. Finally, there are multiple power outlets, including:

  • Mains power
  • USB
  • USB C
  • Aux lossless port

With amenities like these, you’ll barely need to leave.

Why You Need an Acoustic Pod

When we were all thrust into home working back in spring 2020, we had little choice but to do our best with whatever we had. Whether that was working with a laptop on our knees or heading for a hastily cleared cupboard, chances are these conditions were suboptimal, to say the least.

The fact is that more than three years down the line, many home workers are still struggling in less than ideal working conditions. A study found that working from home distractions, including noise, could have short and long-term effects on our mental health. This is where acoustic pods come into their own.

Achieve work-life balance

Whether you have a dedicated home office space or not, acoustic pods provide a retreat. They clearly delineate working and family spaces. When you go into your pod, you can go into work mode, literally shutting out the distractions of the home environment. Simply put, acoustic pods help you to harness the advantages of working from home and neutralise the disadvantages. And yes, you can still wear your pyjamas while using one, if you choose.

Boost your productivity

Whether you’re a freelancer or work for a company, we’re all looking for ways to increase our productivity. Acoustic pods let us work smarter by making every hour count. Rather than rueing wasted time at the end of the day, you’ll be amazed at what you’ve been able to accomplish.

I don’t want to renovate my house. Can I still get an acoustic pod?

The answer is a resounding yes. Acoustic pods are completely freestanding and do not require any alterations to your home. They only take a few hours to assemble, and there’s no need to worry about getting the builders in.

Also, acoustic pods come with plug-and-play flexibility, meaning you can put them anywhere. Whether you use your garage, attic, or spare bedroom as your home office, there’s an acoustic pod in the range that will fit in seamlessly. If you decide to relocate your office within the home or move out, the Zoom room can come with you.

This level of flexibility also makes acoustic pods very cost-effective. You can transfer them to the homes of other colleagues or place them in your permanent office, something you could never do with a fixed soundproof room.

Transform Your Home Office With an Acoustic Pod

There have never been as many opportunities for working from home in the UK as now. There are some great working-from-home office ideas out there, but few of them give us what we really need - peace and quiet!

At Soundbox Store, we’re proud to sell a fantastic range of high-quality soundproof booth solutions. From our folio phone booth to our meeting booths, they can help you to harness all the advantages of working from home and say goodbye to the cons.

Are you ready to see them in person? Why not head down to one of our showrooms in Clerkenwell and Beaconsfield to see what a difference they could make to your home office? Alternatively, check out our range online and contact us for more information.