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The definitive guide to acoustic fabrics

An example of ShowTex acoustic fabrics

Find out all there is to know about acoustic fabrics:

  1. What are acoustic fabrics?
  2. Why should you use acoustic fabrics?
  3. Types of acoustic fabrics
  4. How to use acoustic fabrics
  5. Case study: enhancing the acoustics of an office space

1. What are acoustic fabrics?

Acoustic fabrics are designed to control sound conditions in architectural environments.

They are used in all types of venues including recording studios, sound sets, dance, drama and music rehearsal spaces, or in venues ranging from museums, schools and auditoriums to theatres. Our acoustic engineers are constantly putting our textiles to the test to offer you the ultimate noise controlling solution.

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2. Why should you use acoustic fabrics?

Noise standards and regulations concerning maximum noise levels during live performances make optimal sound quality more important than ever before.

Furthermore, the acoustic conditions of venues themselves determine the majority of sound quality factors. Acoustic conditions can often be improved by using sound dampening drapes.

Curtains and fabric panels are easily adjusted, relatively economical and often an integral design element.
Apart from absorbing sound; allowing for an element of acoustic ‘tuning’ within a room, acoustic curtains also have a range of other applications, such as:

  • Covering window areas
  • Dividing spaces

3. Types of acoustic fabrics

Sound dampening curtains

Spaces that create an echo, or which are noisy even when very little sound is being made, need sound absorbing materials. These focus on sound problems occurring inside a space that is probably large, open, or that has many hard surfaces reflecting the sound.

Sound absorbing curtains primarily deal with the shortening of reverberation times, improving speech intelligibility and decreasing background noise.

ShowTex acoustic drapes are ideal for absorbing and controlling sound waves. Choose from our range of velvet, cotton or wool drapes to improve sound quality and reduce reverberation levels within a venue.

Sound insulating curtains

Where sound absorption focuses on how sound behaves inside a single room, sound insulation deals with problems occurring between several spaces or buildings.

ShowTex offers acoustic fabrics that reduce this transmission of sound from one area to another. Combining either sound-absorbing and/or sound-reflective fabrics will improve the degree of speech privacy or reduce unwanted noises from within or outside a room.

Check out our sound insulating drapes.

The difference between sound absorption and sound insulation, explained in 60 seconds.

Acoustically transparent curtains

Scenic fabrics with a netted structure can be used to mask speakers or other audio installations without affecting sound quality. ShowTex even offers a unique acoustically transparent velvet which lets sound through perfectly: Velours Transsonic (or view our full range of sound transparent products).

4. How to use acoustic fabrics

Acoustic fabrics can be used in a multitude of ways:

Flexible and functional furnishing

Curtains are easily adjusted, relatively economical and often an integral design element of a space. Use them in offices, museums, schools and auditoriums or in venues ranging from theatres and recording studios to dance, drama and music rehearsal spaces.

By combining certain fabrics, our acoustic curtains can divide a large space into several smaller ones without having to make this change permanently. Simply open and close the drapes and transform any space within a few seconds! Need inspiration? Check out this office space which uses our system to quickly transform the "rooms". 

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Sleek and subtle panels

ShowTex also offers standard off-the-shelf Acoustic Panels. With an exceptional sound absorption coefficient of 1.00, they are ideal for schools, offices, congress halls, recording studios and so much more. Their particularly dry acoustic effect eliminates most of the early and late reflections with just a few panels in proportion to the room’s total surface and volume.

Eye catching decoration

As functionality and aesthetics go hand in hand, custom-printed acoustic drapes or panels can provide a functional solution while adding a unique vibe to your space. Customise any multi-layered acoustic curtain with a print that fits your taste, print a sound-transparent fabric to mask speakers and other audio installations in a creative way, or incorporate your artwork in an acoustic panel that will instantly increases the level of sound absorption in your room.

5. Case study: enhancing the acoustics of an office space

Today’s businesses are dynamic, impulsive and constantly changing. Office spaces must therefore be flexible enough to respond to these organisational changes and to the need for personal comfort and technological development.

A system of acoustic curtains can be the solution to rearrange offices while allowing for endless possibilities in terms of functionality and appearance.

Find out how our engineers enhanced the acoustics of an office space full of sound-reflecting materials.

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