All Fabric Systems products are designed to securely hold fabric without the use of adhesives, nails, tacks or tape.

We work with all the major fabric houses and there are thousands of fabrics in different styles, patterns and colors that work well in our systems but some fabrics do not.

When selecting a fabric, there are several items that must be considered to ensure success, they are as follows:

Fibre Content

Fibres that are stable and work well - Polyseter and Polyolefin

Fibres that work well but may need stabilising - Cotton, Silk and Wool

Fibres that are unsuitable - Nylon, Rayon and Viscose

Acoustics

Panels being used to absorb unwanted noise should be faced with fabrics that have an open weave and freely allow air to pass through them. Fabrics that cannot be blown through with ease should be avoided.

Tackable

Panels being used as a tackable surface should be faced with fabrics constructed with a plain weave from durable fibers like polyester. The material should have self-healing characteristics. Satin weaves are not recommended.

Transparency

Some light colored or lightweight fabrics may be visually transparent in certain lighting conditions. This means they allow the materials behind them to be seen on the surface. When selected, these fabrics will require the installation of a liner fabric which will increase the installation costs.

Backing

Knit backings and lightweight acrylic backings can be used with success but acoustical performance may be diminished. Paper backed fabrics cannot be used.

Patterns

The Whisper Walls stretching systems allow for the precise matching of both patterns and repeats at all seam locations. In general, smaller patterns and repeats reduce waste and installation costs.