Interior fabric can make or break the sound quality of your home. Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of how to choose and install the best acoustic fabric. However, it’s easier than you think to fix this problem with a few tricks and tools:
- “Bunches” of densely packed lines of fabric will cover more area in your room. This will give you a better chance at minimizing echo.
- Consider using heavier fabrics when you’re looking for more insulation from outside noise; this not only blocks external sounds but also makes it harder for your rooms temperature to fluctuate as much.
- Choose a high-quality product with lesser than 3% noise reduction.
- Choose the colors and patterns that best match your décor. Using contrasting colors will make your room look more attractive, so if you’re not sure about how to choose the right fabric, you can always do a little color mixing!
- Use a double layer of fabric. Double up a standard fabric with the same color. The addition of the second layer will help minimize unwanted noise while letting your rooms acoustics shine through.
- It’s best to avoid using fabrics that are either too stiff or too thin. Also, avoid using fabrics that are glued directly onto carpet and furniture unless you want to end up with an uneven surface that dramatically changes the sound quality of your room. A good rule is to keep it the thickness of an A4 piece of paper.
- On walls, hang fabrics at least 22mm away from the wall itself; this will help cancel out sound better than if you were to hang the fabric even with the wall.
Be sure to always keep in mind acoustics when you’re installing acoustic panels, regardless of whether or not you’re using acoustic fabrics. These fabrics are a great way to boost the sound quality in your home while adding an accent to your room’s aesthetics, so use them sparingly!
Acoustic fabric by the yard or roll? How to choose between the two?
Acoustic fabrics comes in a few different packaging options. The most common are by the yard and on rolls. Choosing the right packaging for your project depends on a few different factors and also varies by fabric and installation method. We’ve done some research so you can make a more informed decision, but we’re always available to help if you need a hand.
Which way is better?
For most people: the roll. It’s easy to find (no need to purchase a sample) and it’s cheaper per yard than the by-the-yard variety. On rolls, you can just cut the length of fabric you need for your project and let that be enough for everything else. The downside of the roll is that it might not work for you. Every sewing situation is different and your needs may not be matched with a fabric on rolls. And then there’s the matter of price. With rolls, you’re paying per yard, so if you’re purchasing more than one yard at a time, it costs more than if you were to purchase by the yard.
For the pros: by-the-yard. For those who prefer to work with more than one yard at a time, buying by the yard is the better option. When you find what works for you, buying by the yard is easy and efficient. If you’re not sure which way to go, we always recommend ordering a sample pack from your favorite fabric supplier. That way, you can try a few different options without having to commit too much money in case one option doesn’t work well for your purposes.
To sew or not to sew?
We have two options for people who want to install acoustic fabric: one way is with glue and the other is by sewing it on. Once you have your fabric, you need to decide whether or not you want to sew it on. This comes down to your personal preferences and sewing skills. If this isn’t something you’re well versed in, we recommend having a professional do the sewing for you. If you’re feeling up for the challenge, though, then read on:
What kind of glue should I use?
This depends more on your fabric than anything else. For fabrics with a latex backing (like our Sunbrella fabrics) we recommend applying a thin layer of Goop Acoustic Adhesive to the back of your fabric and to the wall or surface on which you’re installing it. For foams, you can use Foam Tac adhesive. For all other fabric types, we recommend using an all-purpose adhesive like ProBond or Elmer’s All-Purpose.
What kind of sewing machine/thread should I use?
When you’re choosing the right threads for your project, make sure to check the requirements on your fabric’s packaging. Most will have specific threads you can use to install it. If not, then we recommend using a standard cotton or polyester thread in a color that matches your fabric. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidance regarding what type of needle and tension settings to use when sewing your acoustic fabric onto whatever surface you’re installing it on.
What kind of stitches should I use?
Sewing your acoustic fabric will vary depending on what material you’re using. For fabrics with a latex backing, the recommended method is to use simple thread (like embroidery thread) in a straight stitch rather than the zigzag you’d use for normal siding or other exterior applications. For foam fabrics, you can either use a zigzag stitch to sew them on or just put them right on top of your foam so they stay there and don’t fall off soon after!
Which way is best?
For most people: sew it. Sewing directly on the wall or surface will give you an even installation that’s easy to fix if something goes wrong. If you’re not confident in your sewing skills, though, then using a glue and an all-purpose adhesive is a good way to go. For the pros: glue it. Choosing to just apply glue and let it dry is a great way to mount your acoustic fabric with ease. You’ll have a professional-looking and durable installation at the end of the day.
Where to buy acoustic fabric?
You have a few different places you can buy your acoustic fabric from. The easiest place to start is by going on Google and searching for “acoustic fabric” with your zip code. Check out the results and see what comes up. If you don’t know of any local places that sell acoustic fabric, try contacting your local professional lighting or theater store and see if they have any in stock. If not, then check out the list below to see where you can purchase yours online. We always recommend checking your local Acoustic Specialist to make sure you’re getting the correct type of fabric for your needs.
Best acoustic fabric?
We know that acoustic fabric is a major player in making your space acoustically better. It’s also easy to find and cheap, which makes it a great alternative to other sound-proofing solutions. Our favorite acoustic fabrics are Sunbrella, Prodipe, and Schoeller. These are great for both residential and commercial applications and are easy to find at local fabric stores (if you’re not sure where to buy acoustic fabric near you, take a look at the list above). For more information on acoustic fabrics, check out our Acoustic Fabric page.
Acoustic transparent fabric?
This is a special type of acoustic fabric that is designed to let sound travel through it, while still dampening the sound around it. This helps with noise control for places like offices, living rooms or conference rooms. If you want to install something that will help you in these situations but not be too noticeable, acoustic transparent fabric can work well in these spaces.
What are all the different kinds of acoustic fabric?
There are many different kinds of acoustic fabrics available for you to use in your space. When deciding which one to use, you need to consider the amount of sound dampening you need, your budget and your desired look.
Acoustic fabrics are classified as either thin-layered fabrics or thick-layered fabrics. Thin-layered fabrics are typically less than 1/8 of an inch thick and provide sound dampening at a fraction of the thickness and price. These are a great alternative for those who don’t want to have a large impact on the feel of their space while still building acoustic performance. Thick-layered acoustic fabrics are up to two times thicker than thin layered acoustic fabrics and provide much more sound dampening. If you’re looking for a more dramatic look or a softer impact on your space, thick-layered acoustic fabrics are a great option.
You can also choose between the different types of fabrics out there: synthetic, natural fiber or blends. Synthetic acoustic fabrics are easier to clean than natural fibers and also tend to be easier to install. They do tend to cost more than their natural fiber counterparts but provide comparable sound dampening characteristics and can be used in any commercial setting. Natural fibers are made from cotton, wool, silk and other organic materials that absorb sound through friction. These absorb sound much more effectively than synthetic materials, without sacrificing cost or durability. Natural fiber fabrics also offer a softer feel and look to the space, so you’ll have a more pleasing atmosphere in your workspace.
So what type of acoustic fabric is best?
This really depends on your design goals for the space. If you want a quieter room that will be easy to clean and are using it in an office setting, then thin-layered synthetic acoustic fabric is probably the best choice for you. For residential spaces where sound absorption is desired but aesthetics are important, thick-layered natural fiber acoustic fabric might be the way to go. If you’re really looking for the best solution, there are acoustic fabric blends available that offer both sound dampening and aesthetics. When buying acoustic fabric online, it’s important to make sure you know which type of acoustic fabric you’re buying.
What are the different uses for acoustic fabric?
Acoustic fabric can be used in a wide variety of applications. In a commercial space, it can be used in an acoustically sensitive area as part of a (or the only) sound-dampening material. It’s typically used on walls or ceilings as a liner between the plywood or drywall and the acoustical ceiling tiles though. For residential spaces, acoustic fabric can be used to help absorb sound in a variety of areas. Faux wood paneling, for example, can be covered in acoustic fabric to help absorb and reflect sound safely and easily.
The benefits of using acoustic fabric in these areas is that it’s a durable and permanent solution that looks great when installed correctly. It’s also easy to install in these applications due to its lightweight construction and even cuts (including custom cuts).
Acoustic fabric, also known as sound absorbing fabric, is a great surface treatment for areas where sound needs to be controlled. It’s commonly used in commercial spaces like offices or conference rooms, as well as in residential applications. In all of these cases, it not only helps dampen the sounds coming from the space but also gives you the freedom to create unique looks without sacrificing acoustical performance. These fabrics can be purchased online through a few different sites and are relatively easy to install yourself if need be.