Fabric

Fabricmate sells hundreds of fabric styles and colors to choose from to meet your design, functional and budgetary demands

We only offer fabrics from reputable manufacturers that meet our high standards of quality, durability and sustainability

 
 

Fabric Performance Guide


We’ve taken the time to test our entire fabric offering and use these clickable icons to indicate their effective features.

This should make it easier to choose fabrics that work for the application you’re using them in.

 
 

Featured Acoustic Fabrics

 

FR701

Acoustic Fabric

Guilford of Maine’s FR701 acoustic fabric is made from 100% post-consumer recycled Polyester to produce a high-quality acoustical fabric that is recyclable at the end of its useable life.

Anchorage

Acoustic Fabrics

Guilford of Maine’s Anchorage acoustic fabric is made from 35% post-consumer and 65% pre-consumer polyester to produce a high-quality acoustical fabric that is recyclable at the end of its useable life.

 

Studio 54

Acoustic Fabrics

Guilford of Maine’s Studio 54 acoustic fabrics are made from 100% Polypropylene and are pre-treated with Polyester Binder, a fabric stabilizer which prevents fraying and increases durability making it the ideal acoustical fabric for high-traffic areas.

Beehave

Designer Panel Fabric

Guilford of Maine’s Beehave panel fabrics are made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester and are acoustically transparent. It’s bold colors and raised honeycomb pattern make it ideal for classrooms and can put up with a large amount of wear and tear.

 

Considerations For Fabric Selection

Be Aware Of Your Environment

  • Choose colors and textures that will enhance your environment.
  • Consider using fabrics made from recycled products. Improve your spaces and the spaces that all of us share at the same time. There are many fabrics that have a 100% recycled content.
  • Most fabrics work well with any of our products or our system. Very light colored or sheer fabrics may be too transparent, requiring a liner such as “scrim” to prevent the background from showing through the fabric.
  • Fabric widths vary by style and are typically between 54” and 66”. To minimize waste, choose a fabric of the correct width for your design layout.
  • Special care must be taken in the selection and installation of fabrics. Some fabrics have a directional weave. Others have patterns or repeats. These can affect your layout and even the quantity of fabric required.
  • If you will be using your panel or system as a tack board or for use with magnets (like Fabricmate Mag-Tack®) make certain that your fabric choice is compatible. For tackable surfaces, choose a fabric that will not show the pin holes and for magnetically receptive surfaces, make certain that the fabric is not to o thick or has a raised pattern as either would create an air gap, reducing the holding power.

Make Sure Your Fabric is Safe

  • The Fabricmate Pre-made Panels System, the Modular Panel System, and the Site-fabricated System are ASTM-E84 Class A certified.
  • Commercial building codes require that all fabrics and substrates be tested and certified as Class A in accordance with the ASTM-E84 or NFPA 255 test. Additional testing may be necessary. Consult your local building and safety codes for complete requirements.
  • Whether for commercial or residential applications, use only fabrics that have been certified ASTM-E84 Class A.
  • The use of substrates that are not certified ASTM-E84 Class A, or the use of wooden frames in conjunction with Class A certified fabrics is not recommended. We understand all of the considerations and stand ready to assist you in making the correct fabric selection.

Sound Advice About Fabric

  • The fabric you select can impact the acoustical properties of your panels. Many fabrics are acoustically transparent, allowing your substrate to absorb sound.
  • Both fabrics and substrates have NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) ratings. These ratings, between 0 (perfectly reflective) and 1 (perfectly absorptive), relate to the material’s ability to absorb sound.
  • Fabric made of 100% polyester with an open weave is the most transparent. These fabrics are often made from 100% recycled products.
  • Applied backings can significantly reduce the NRC of a given fabric. Liners such as “scrim”, when installed separately, may have only a minimal effect on the fabric’s NRC.
  • Sound absorption is not the same as sound transmission. If you need to reduce the transmission of sound to adjoining spaces, a damping material must be used. Damping materials can be used in conjunction with absorptive materials.

Withstanding the Flow of Traffic

  • Not all fabrics are durable and able to withstand the unusually high wear-and-tear that occurs in high-traffic environments.
  • Spaces that endure high traffic volume need to be faced with fabrics that are High-Impact & durable.

High Traffic Fabrics


Capable of withstanding over 30,000 Double-Rubs.

Wall-Protection installations such as Chair-Rails or Wainscoting in hallways & common areas should be faced with a fabric that can withstand regular and repeated abrasions. Most fabrics with a High-Impact rating are suitable for high-traffic areas. High Traffic Fabrics can be expected to last in high-traffic environments for well over 10 years

 

Medium Traffic Fabrics


Capable of withstanding 15,000 – 30,000 Double-Rubs.

You can face a wall with less durable fabrics if it isn’t expected to recieve regular impacts or wear. Walls behind a counter, residential spaces, conferences rooms or in any other area that doesn’t see a high-volume of traffic can be considered medium or even low traffic.

 

Low Traffic Fabrics


Capable of withstanding up to 15,000 Double-Rubs.

These fabrics are meant for use in environments that won’t recieve regular wear or impacts. Ceilings or acoustic installations that are out of reach can be faced with low-traffic fabrics since they won’t recieve much wear.