Acoustic pods have become more and more popular in offices all around the world. Many major firms treat acoustic pods as crucial aspects of a modern and creative office since it has been shown that 65 percent of office workers believe that noise has a significant impact on their productivity. Soundproof pods provide solace for employees where privacy at work can be hard to come by.

Because there are so many acoustic booths on the market, we understand how difficult it may be to determine which ones to buy. It’s considerably more difficult if you’re unfamiliar with the intricacies and language of acoustics. How do you choose the best pod for the job? What elements should you check for to ensure you’re getting a high-quality product rather than merely a stylish piece of office furniture? Let’s take a look at three important pod features to keep in mind before making a purchase.

Size and Space

Man Working in an Ergonomic Kneeling Chair

The most important part of selecting an acoustic pod is clearly defining the intended use for your space and ensuring that the product will fit. Figure out in advance whether you require a large meeting pod for the whole team, or a phone booth for individual use and private calls. Our range of Framery booths starts from the Framery O for private use to the Framery 2Q for department meetings and brainstorming sessions.

The placement of the pod in the work environment should also be considered prior to the procurement. For example, a good rule of thumb is to make sure the pod is not placed too close to workstations so it can be an escape from distraction and boost creativity. Taking these matters into account makes choosing the right pod as easy as possible and ensures that the product will blend seamlessly into the work environment. Beautiful pieces such as the MUTe range of Space Pods will be sure to bring some focus to the team.

Features important to you

A modern office environment continuously evolves along with its users. A pod that can be flexibly modified enables quick changes in the space as the activities and users’ needs change. Sufficient soundproofing is one of the most important features of a meeting pod. A poorly soundproofed space does not offer its users privacy and peace. A pod like the Spacestor Residence booth is fitted with acoustic interior and glazed glass doors to ensure a serene sanctuary of silence. 

The importance of electricity outlets, USB ports or internet connections is often overlooked until they don’t work or are lacking. People most often enter an office pod in order to have a private conversation face to face, by video connection or by phone, or to find peace and quiet to work. Regardless of the reason, the pod must have sufficient ports and electrical outlets in order to charge work equipment. Most of our meeting pods come with several options for power supply such as our BuzziNest from leading acoustic brand BuzziSpace.

Man Using a Kneeling Chair in Office

User Experience

Woman Using Ergonomic Kneeling Chair in Office

A door that opens and closes quietly, air that stays fresh even for long phone calls, pleasing acoustics and lighting that does not reflect on the computer screen – these add up to an office pod that is pleasant and uncomplicated to use. A well-functioning space is a whole made up of small details that create a positive day-to-day user experience.

The ventilation in a meeting booth has a significant impact on employees’ energy levels and ability to focus on their tasks. In a well-ventilated space, creativity flows more freely and energy levels stay high with little effort. It is important to prioritise these factors by ensuring your chosen pod has this, like the Kolo pods. Lighting in the office pod also deserves attention. The lighting should  be sufficiently bright for chats and video meetings but not too overpowering that it causes a glare or gives you a headache. Booths like the MDD Hako pods, come with automatic lighting using a motion sensor so as not to waste energy while not in use!