Acoustic Art PanelsACOUSTIC ARTWORK PANELS
Does your space become too noisy and suffer from sound echo and reverberation problems? With the increasing use of glass and open plan design, this is a common problem facing many offices, meeting rooms, public buildings, hotels, restaurants, retail premises and homes.
It's caused by the wall and ceiling surfaces reflecting the sound and bouncing it back into the room to cause unwanted echo and reverberation. The situation can become worse as people compensate by raising their voices to be heard. Speaking on the phone and conference calls can be difficult with these sound problems.
When the acoustics of a room are well-balanced, the room’s atmosphere is pleasant and creates a more tranquil “softened” setting. This is in turn increases people’s ability to grasp information and to work efficiently.
Our sound-absorbing acoustic art panels offer a unique and cost-effective solution, by combining excellent acoustic performance cleverly disguised as a contemporary piece of art.
We offer a number of flexible options for customers, depending on your needs:
Option 1: Purchase direct from our website (available UK Mainland, panels sent by courier)
Option 2: Site visit, testing and quotation service (available in London & South East)
Option 3: Rent sample panels (available UK mainland, panels sent by courier)
These options are all described further below
How are the acoustic panels made?
Each acoustic art panel is handmade at our workshop and is comprised of 3 main parts: a wooden frame; the inner acoustic foam; and the acoustically transparent fabric.
- The wooden frame is made from 38mm deep gallery standard stretcher bars to form the four sides, with a solid hardboard sheet fixed to the rear. The wooden frame protects the acoustic foam edges and provides an effective method of hanging the panel on your wall. You can can easily screw frame fixings (supplied) into the back of the wooden frame to allow you to securely hang the panel using normal wall picture hanging fixings
- The inner acoustic foam is a high quality 30mm deep acoustic foam which is cut to size and carefully set within the wooden frame.
- Your chosen image is printed digitally onto a high quality acoustically transparent fabric and then hand-stretched over the chunky wooden frame. The image is continued around the edges to produce a clean, sharp and contemporary look. The fabric is stapled to the rear of the wooden frame, to provide a long lasting quality finish.
It should be noted that some acoustic panels supplied by other companies are made without a wooden frame by just gluing the fabric directly to the acoustic foam. Whilst this is certainly a quicker and cheaper method, if has the following disadvantages
- The finished face of the panel can have a rippled effect (caused by the glue underneath). Rather, we hand stretch the fabric over the wooden gallery stretcher bars to give you a clean front face
- The glue can fail with time, causing the fabric edges to become loose. Rather, we staple the fabric to the rear, to provide a longer lasting product
- The edges of the panel can be damaged / dented with time. Rather, our wooden frame protects the inner foam and provides a rigid panel
- With no wooden frame to screw fixings into, you typically need to use spray adhesive to fix the acoustic panels to your wall. Using spray adhesive can can be fiddly, messy and inflexible if you need to move the panels in the future. Rather, our acoustic panels with wooden frames can be securely hung just like a normal picture and easily taken down in the future.
How do acoustic art panels reduce sound?
The acoustic art panels are made from a highly absorbent semi-rigid core with a high quality printed fabric face.
A unique printing technology (called dye sublimation) is used to print the fabric face which allows sound waves to pass through the fabric (instead of bouncing off it). The sound waves are then absorbed by the inner panel core. This reduces the sound echo and reverberation, making the space less noisy and easier to communicate within.
Note if you attempted to print images onto fabric using a normal digital printing process this would not absorb sound (as the print process reduces the fabric's acoustic transparency by effectively adding a layer of ink on top of the fabric which reflects the sound waves). Using the special dye sublimation printing technology maintains the acoustic transparency of the fabric.
The acoustic performance of the acoustic art panels can absorb up to about 90% of the sound hitting it (varying by different sound frequencies). To put this in context, a typical bare wall has just a 3-5% absorption rate (carpet 20-30%, stone 5-10%, double glazing 2-3%).
For the more technically minded, the acoustic art panels will meet Class C absorption with a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of 0.75. The table below sets out the absorption coefficients for different sound frequencies.
*The Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) is a scalar representation of the amount of sound energy absorbed upon striking a particular surface. An NRC of 0 indicates perfect reflection; an NRC of 1 indicates perfect absorption. In particular, the NRC is the average of four sound absorption coefficients for frequencies of 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, and 2000 Hz. These frequencies encompass the fundamental frequencies and first few overtones of typical human speech, and, therefore, the NRC provides a decent and simple quantification of how well the particular surface will absorb the human voice. A more broad frequency range should be considered for applications such as music or controlling mechanical noise.
Finished Look - A piece of contemporary art
Choose from our library of contemporary images featuring a wide variety of fresh artwork styles, including nature art, abstract art, architectural art, landscapes, figurative art and quirky illustrations. The library is available online at: www.gingerwhite.co.uk/html/clientpage_Acoustic_Images_v1.htm
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Your chosen artwork design is then printed onto the fabric, using a unique printing technology called dye sublimation. It is then hand stretched over our robust wooden frames.
How Many Panels Do I Need?
There is no definitive answer to how many panels you need, as every space will have different requirements and variables to consider, including the floor space, height of ceilings and amount of “reflective” material in the space (such as glass, tiled floors etc)
Acoustic art panels not only provide an absorbent surface, they also provide an aesthetic solution. So it’s also about striking a balance between the visual aspects of the room (based on the available wall hanging space and not overcrowding the space with pictures) versus the required level of sound improvement (the greater the panel coverage area the better the sound improvement)
To simplify matters, we recommend the following:
- Slight Sound Improvement: A minimum panel coverage area of at least 10% of the floor area to achieve a slight sound improvement.
- Good Sound Improvement: Ideally aim for a panel coverage area of at 20-30% of the floor area to achieve a good and noticeable reduction in acoustic problems
- Excellent Sound Improvement: For an excellent sound improvement, or where spaces have a severe sound problem, consider a coverage area of 30-45% of the floor area.
Additionally, a room can be ‘tuned’ by adding more acoustic art panels as necessary (see consultation / testing service below).
Example: Small meeting room 5m by 3m = 15m2 floor area
For a good sound improvement, we suggest at least 20% coverage area, which is equivalent to 3m2 (20% x 15m2). To achieve about 3m2 coverage, you could install 3 acoustic art panels each sized 1mx1m (=3m2 coverage), or 2 larger acoustic art panels each sized 1.2mby1.2m (=2.88m2 coverage)
Room Planner: Our Step-by-Step Guide
- Step 1: Measure your floor space (width x length = m2)
- Step 2: Consider the wall space you have available for hanging acoustic artwork
- Step 3: Consider the type of sound improvement required (slight / good / excellent)
- Step 4: Tally up the number/sizes of panels required vs the wall space available
- Step 5: Choose images - consider whether the images are square / portrait or landscape orientation (and how this matches with the available wall space)
Standard and Bespoke Sizes Available
The acoustic artwork panels are available to buy in a range of standard sizes, typically from 60cm to a maximum of 180cm. See the pricing table below.
If required, bespoke sizes are available up to a maximum dimension of 180cm – please contact us with your needs
Split images can also be provided over groups or a sequence of art panels, to cover larger areas and make an even bigger impact. For example, imagine your favourite image on the wall in a giant 2 metre square, comprising a grid of 2x2 1m square panels.
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-Prices Correct at December 2020
Easy to install
The acoustic art panels resemble a piece of art and they simply hang on the wall using traditional picture hanging hooks and pins. Each panel comes complete with 2 x picture frame hooks fitted onto the back of the acoustic frame.
Fitting Service Available
We also offer an on-site fitting service, if required, for customers based in London and the South East. Please contact us for a quote.
Safety and maintenance
The acoustic art panels are manufactured from inherently flameproof materials. The inner core of the panel achieves reaction to fire classification of A1 in accordance with standard EN 13501-01 and comply with the definition of non-combustible in accordance with all UK Building Regulations.
The printed face of acoustic art panels can be cleaned with a damp cloth (using water, no chemicals), so they are also ideal for restaurants or bars.
Each finished acoustic artwork panel weighs approximately 5Kg/m² (comprising about 3kg/m2 for the inner core and 2kg/m2 for the wooden frame)
Interested in Proceeding?
There are a number of options to proceed, depending on your needs:
Option 1: Purchase acoustic art panels directly from our website (available UK Mainland, panels sent by courier)
If you are clear on your needs (we suggest you follow our step-by-step room planner guide, see above), then you can order directly from our website. We will then contact you to check which image / colour you’d like for your acoustic art panels. Or we can help you send us your own files to be used for printing (via a free file sharing service).
If you’d like some help working out how many panels you need, then you can email us:
- the approximate floor dimensions of the room(s) where you have sound echo / reverberation problems, along with some photos of the wall spaces.
- we can then check/advise on the minimum coverage area for the acoustic panels, and send you our suggestions and a quote.
Option 2: Site visit, testing and quotation service (available in London & South East)
For businesses or homes based in London and the South East, we offer a consultation and testing service for our acoustic art panels
How it works is that a member of our team will visit your space and bring a number of sample acoustic panels to show you and test within your space. With these sample panels, we can quickly demonstrate the levels of sound improvement achievable. Note the test panels do not need to be hung onto your walls, just bringing the panels into the space is usually sufficient to determine an improvement in sound echo / reverberation. We can then measure up your space and follow up with a tailored quotation – without obligation.
Our call-out fee for this consultation & testing service is as follows:
•£145 exc VAT in Greater London (within the M25)
•£195 exc VAT in the Home Counties (Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex)
•If parking is not provided at the client's premises, then any parking fees will be charged at cost (no mark ups)
•Payment must be made in full by BACS transfer or card before the agreed date of the visit
•The above rates are based on normal working hours Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.
If you are based in the UK, but outside of London/South East, we may still be able to visit you. Please contact us with your needs and we will provide you with an estimate. An alternative solution is that we could also send sample acoustic panels by a courier (for rental, with a returnable deposit per panel) – see Option 3 below.
Option 3: Rent sample acoustic panels (available UK mainland, panels sent by courier)
If you wish, you can rent some test acoustic panels to trial the sound improvement in your space yourself, before deciding to buy panels finished with your chosen design.
Note the test panels do not need to be hung onto your walls; just bringing the panels into the space is usually sufficient to determine an improvement in sound echo / reverberation. Although if you wish, they can be hung on the walls, as each test panel has 2 picture frame hooks attached to the back of the panel.
The price for renting sample acoustic art panels are as follows
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(for one week)
- The sample acoustic panels are either sized 100x100cm, or 120x90cm
- The deposit is fully refunded when the test panels and packaging are returned in good condition
- Deliveries and collections are made by a national courier, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (we cannot be more specific on timing, unless you wish to pay extra for an enhanced delivery service or for weekend delivery). The panels are securely wrapped and boxed up – this is included in the delivery/collection fee
- Payment must be made in full by BACS transfer or card before the panels are sent out
- All prices are subject to VAT at 20%
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