By Megan Slack
While it is easy to admire IKEA for their hard furnishings – from the staple BILLY to the KALLAX – it is hard to rival their latest soft furnishing: GUNNLAUG.
The piece in question has many functions – most notably, its ability to absorb sound and filter out light. Sounds include everyday clatters, including dishes, the clangor of cutlery, or the buzz of traffic beyond your window.
And while it’s hard to expose GUNNLAUG to an IKEA hack, its minimalist aesthetic means it is already elegant enough to bring into schemes of all styles.
The curtain, which is made from a combination of the chenille yarn – and a unique weave construction – is certified according to ISO 354 (a method of measuring sound absorption). It boasts a 50-100% greater absorption of medium and high sound frequencies than other fabrics of the same lightweight and quality.
This special fabric absorbs sound and decreases echos and reverberation in medium and high-frequency waves to create a sanctuary immune from all distractions in the outside world.
IKEA suggests the curtain is most effective when draped with folds, 9-15 cm from the wall – adding they can be used on a curtain rod or a curtain track. They suggest that draping the curtain will ‘capture the sound waves and maximize the sound absorbency’ as the folds will emphasize the distance between the wall and the curtain.
Alongside its soundproof quality and Scandi-cool good looks, these airy curtains have the ability to lower the general light level of your space – whilst adding an element of privacy into any small room. GUNNLAUG also allows you to zone your open-plan living space by interrupting your flow with a secret zone that will only make your space feel more stylish.
Plus, like most incoming products from the home decor powerhouse, GUNNLAUG is wholly sustainable and is made using recycled polyester.
‘Households are connected to around 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions, consuming around a third of the energy and 10% of the water used globally. Therefore, small actions taken within them can make a significant difference, and why IKEA is so committed to making sustainable living more affordable, attractive and accessible,’ explains Peter Jelkeby, Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA UK & Ireland.
‘As one of the biggest brands in the world, we recognize our unique opportunity to help lead that change,’ Peter adds.
GUNNLAUG epitomizes these ethical beliefs whilst allowing you to party on through the night. What’s not to love?
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly loves writing about contemporary styles and trends for Livingetc.
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