Build the Perfect Fabric Acoustic Panel

How an Acoustic Panel is Made?

Using fabric acoustic panels is a preferred acoustical treatment method in many settings due to excellent sound absorption and the aesthetics appeal. They also give architects the versatility to be hung on walls or ceilings. All fabric acoustic panels are essentially frames containing sound absorbing substrate, and covered by a canvas. Today, we present to you Aural-Aid’s very own creation process!

For starters, acoustic panels all consists of a basic frame structure that contains a sound absorbing substrate and fabric material as a final finish What differentiates acoustic panels come from the materials and the installation method, which can affect the overall quality and the longevity of the panel. There are two methods of constructing a fabric acoustic panel.

 

Traditional Method

The supporting structure of wooden battens are screwed into a piece of thin plywood as the frame of the panel. A choice of mineral infill is then cut to fit into the frame. A fabric of choice is then used to wrap the front and sides of the panel, and stapled in place at the back of the panel. This process is completed offsite. Completed panels are then delivered and installed onsite.

However, this form of construction process is highly unreliable as the wooden frames are prefabricated to its proposed dimensions before being installed onsite. In the event of imperfect site conditions, the wooden frames cannot be fixed on site and has to be rebuilt again. Furthermore, the stapling of fabric cloth onto the wooden frame can result in ugly finishes and easy wear and tear.

Fabric System

For Fabrix, our proprietary fabric system, fabric tracks are installed onsite to first form a framing system. The onsite installation of the framing system accounts for any architectural tolerance, which should be expected due to imperfect site conditions. The practical advantage of a fitting framing system is a tight and seamless installation. After the framing system is completed, mineral infill is installed and the fabric finishing is then fitted into the tracks.

There are over 46 profiles of Fabrix tracks that can be used to create different finishing looks. Fabrix tracks allows all kinds fabric material to either be loaded or snapped into place. With either method, the fabric can be systematically removed and replaced without removing the framing system. This allows for change in design, ease of maintenance and repair of fabric without incurring dismantling and reinstallation costs.

This is the biggest advantage of the Fabrix system over the traditional method of installation, whereby full dismantling of panel installation is necessary for any design, maintenance or repair reasons. To project stakeholders such as the building owner, architect or main contractor, Fabrix system is more cost effective than the traditional installation method. Furthermore, our Fabrix tracks have been passed for toxicity emission, fire classification, and smoke density tests.

Choosing the Right Fabric

Now for the icing on the cake! The fabric of the panel is what adds to the aesthetics of the room, but there is much more to choosing the right fabric. Firstly, sound needs to be able to pass through the fabric easily to be absorbed by the substrate inside the panel – this type of fabric is acoustically transparent. Second, the ideal fabric for Fabrix system is often made from polyester and polypropylene because it holds its shape well when stretched across the Fabrix frame.

If you still don’t think you can choose the perfect acoustic treatment for your space, consult an acoustic specialist at hello@auralaid.com for more information!