Re: Great rooms and common house spaces
From: Dave and Diane (
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 20:33:03 -0800 (PST)
Hi Sharon, and everyone in coho-land,
This is indisputably a fantastic idea if you have planned for the soft furniture and the plants and accounted for it in your budget. But if you haven't, then you have to try to make do afterwards, and figure out how to "soften" the spaces without softening your wallet. The felt walls I was looking at cost somewhere between $400 and $700 depending on the height. This would be enough to set off one table. Incidentally, I would not propose to use these in situations where amplification would be used or where voices would be raised above quiet conversation--those are "party" situations and we have a separate process to use the Great Room for that.
The felt walls I was talking about can be seen at:


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On Thu, 30 Mar 2006 14:41:10, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]> wrote:

On Dec 17, 2005, at 4:25 PM, Dave and Diane wrote:

The size of our great room is good for community meetings but with one
large room community dinners can be painfully noisy. I think the 3 contiguous rooms/alcoves that can be used separately would work out better for this function.

I think the beauty of a large room is dividing it artfully using large
plants and soft furniture so there are human scale seating and dining
areas that can be rearranged and removed all together if a large
meeting space is desired.

 Has anyone tried those sound-absorbing felted wool
screens from

I don't know the wool screen you refer to but at the college where I
used to teach and from experiences in hotels where they make small
rooms out of large banquet halls, I would save your money. The panels
I've experienced don't work as sound barriers if amplification is used
or if voices are raised above quiet conversation.

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