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Understanding Sound

Not all sounds are created equal. In fact, sound is created by vibrations that form pressure waves that move through the air. This guide, which explains how sound waves and frequencies impact acoustics, is a great way to get the best sound experience possible from your home and work spaces.
Soundwaves
Surface Area
“Sound waves,” are made up of energy in the form of air pressure changes. When you clap your hands, you create a high pressure area between them, and a low pressure area around them. Your hands are the “source” and your ears which “receive” the sound, convert the sensation into a signal that the brain can understand.
Surface Area
Sound waves travel at a constant 1,130 feet/second, but different sound sources produce different size waves in the air. Like waves in the water, larger waves arrive less often on the shore than smaller waves. “Wavelength” is the measured distance from the beginning of the wave to the end.
why Sound frequency matters
A sound’s “frequency” describes how often these sound waves hit your ears every second (measured in Hertz or Hz). Humans can hear frequencies as low as 20 Hz and as high as 20 kHz, which makes up the audible frequency spectrum (20 Hz - 20 kHz). As a note, this is the frequency range we’ll be referring to throughout this guide.
Sound
Low-Frequency
Low-frequency sounds have waveforms as large as 60 feet across, contain a lot of energy, and tend to move in many different directions. The lower the frequency, the more they expand outward like a pebble dropped in a pond. The huge amount of energy in low-frequency sound waves often allows them to penetrate walls and structures easily.
Noise
High-Frequency
High-frequency sounds have waves as small as ½ inch, contain less energy, and tend to move in a single direction as the frequency increases. Because of these characteristics (wave size, energy, and directionality), higher frequency sounds are generally easier to control than lower frequency sounds.
Real-world sounds contain a range of many frequencies called a “frequency band.” Typically, sound sources that produce narrower frequency bands are easier to target with acoustic treatments, but very narrow-band sounds like the beeping microwave or birds chirping in the early morning can be easier for humans to notice and become annoyed by even when the sounds themselves are quiet, and especially when the space itself is relatively quiet.
“wide” frequency band
A desktop fan might produce both a low-frequency motor rumble and a high-frequency rush of air, so its frequency band might span 50 Hz - 18 kHz
“narrow” frequency band
A beeping microwave might produce a sound that spans just 1.9 kHz - 2 kHz
Common sound frequency ranges
Performance
Human Speaking Voice 100 Hz - 8 kHz
Concentration
HVAC System Rumble 50-250 Hz
Focus
FM Radio 20 Hz - 15 kHz
Stress Levels
Microwave Beep 1.5 - 2.5 kHz
Well Being
Bird Songs (average) 2.4 kHz - 7.3 kHz
Well Being
Traffic noise (dominant frequencies) 500 Hz - 1 kHz
Designs
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Sound Control For Your Space
This guide explains the science behind Felt Right acoustic tiles and provides practical advice on how to help solve acoustic problems using our sound dampening tiles and other methods. We’ll cover sound and acoustics basics, how to tell if your space is too noisy, noise control, and solutions for acoustically treating the following spaces and situations:
Offices (Home & Commercial)
Offices (Home & Commercial)
Podcast/Video/Recording Studios
Podcast/Video/Recording Studios
Conference Rooms
Conference Rooms
Video/Phone Conversations
Video/Phone Conversations
Living Rooms
Living Rooms
Noise from Adjacent Spaces
Noise from Adjacent Spaces
Felt Right FAQs
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What Gives Felt Right Tiles Their High-Quality, Beautiful Appearance?

Our felt panels have a warm, wool-like appearance with durable and wear-resistant constructions. Using a high-density, engineered PET felt board, beautiful chamfered edges, and engraved patterns that reflect your creativity, we fabricate our felt wall tiles to your exact specifications. 

How Effective are Felt Right Tiles at Dampening Sound?

Felt Right tiles have an NRC (noise reduction coefficient) of .35.  That means they absorb roughly 35% of the sound they come in contact with.  Felt Right’s tiles often have a noticeable effect on your space’s acoustics, but the level they affect your sound depends on the surface.   

Will My Tiles Work With Pins?

Felt Right tiles work with pins because we make them using high-quality, dense PET felt board. The PET felt board makes them perfect for pinning and repinning as many times as you want.

What Are Felt Right Tiles Made From?

We make Felt Right tiles from 100% PET plastic. Using PET plastic improves our sustainability and reduces our environmental impact. By reclaiming at least 50% of the plastic we use from discarded water bottles, we keep four water bottles out of the waste stream with every 12x12 felt wall tile we use. 

How Do Felt Right Tiles Contribute to Healthy Indoor Air Quality?

Felt Right tiles adhere to strict quality standards and ensure our products  do not contain any red-list chemicals or materials harmful to your health . Our materials have also been tested to confirm they do not emit any harmful gasses into the places where you install your designs.

Where Are Felt Right Tiles Made?

We make our felt panels in-house in Salt Lake City, UT. Our headquarters are located at the base of the beautiful Wasatch Mountain Range,  which provide a backdrop almost as beautiful as our custom felt wall designs. 

What Are the Felt Right Tile Sizes?

Felt Right tiles come in 6 distinct sizes that are designed to work together in our Design Studio:

Square 12x12 (11 7/8 actual)
Triangle 12x12 (11 7/8 actual)
Shiplap 24x6 (23 3/4 x 5 15/16 actual)
Half 12x6 (11 7/8 x 5 15/16 actual)
Quarter 6x6 (5 15/16 actual)

Pixel 3x3

Please note that dimensions are nominal and exact dimensions are slightly smaller (for example: 12” tiles are actually 11 ⅞”). All tiles are 3/8 inches thick.

Can Tiles Be Cut on Site to Specific Sizes?

Yes, we can cut our tiles to specific sizes and dimensions using  a craft knife and a straight edge.

What Is the Tile Thickness?

Felt Right tiles are ⅜ inch or 9mm thick.

Do Felt Right Tiles Reduce Sound Transmission From or Through a wall?

Our felt tiles deaden sound transmission from nearby spaces. Multiple customer reviews highlight this benefit. However, we have not fully calibrated Felt Right tiles Sound Transmission Coefficient (STC), so we can’t accurately calculate the sound reduction range.  

Do Felt Right Tiles Meet Flammability Requirements for Commercial Applications?

Yes. Made with material that has undergone ASTM E-84 testing, our felt panels are considered a Class B material for commercial specifications.

Will Quilting Fabric Designs Stick to Felt Right Tiles Without Pins?

No. Quilting designs will not stick to Felt Right tiles without pins. However, many quilters use  pin boards to showcase their designs.

Installation & Configuration
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What Is Required to Install My Felt Right Tiles?

We use easy-installation methods for our felt tiles that only require a tape measure, level, and pencil. After aligning your first few tiles, your design should be easy to complete. Most felt wall designs take less than an hour. 

Are Adhesive Tabs Included in My Felt Right Order?

Every order of Felt Right tiles comes with plenty of adhesive tabs for installation. We also provide  a few extra just in case you lose a few.

Can I Purchase Extra Adhesive Tabs?

Yes, to purchase extra adhesive tabs, visit our Shop section.

Are Felt Right Tiles Safe For My Walls?

Yes. Felt Right tiles utilize our proprietary, paint-safe adhesive and can be uninstalled damage-free when removed properly. Upon removal, the tile is first separated from the wall, leaving the tabs on the wall surface. The tabs are then removed from the wall by rolling them off with your thumb or fingers.

How Easy Is It to Clean Felt Right Tiles?

Our felt wall panels are easy to clean and maintain. To remove dust, all you need is a vacuum wand or hose. For spot cleaning, all you need is a damp rag or household cleaner to spray the tiles and wipe them down. For high-traffic, commercial applications, you can disinfect Felt Right tiles with common cleaning products.

Can I Relocate a Tile Once It’s in Place?

Of course. We include extra adhesive tabs in all of our orders. These extra tabs let you reposition one or two tiles during the installation process. If you find you need to move more tiles, you can always order extra adhesive squares.

How Should Felt Right Tiles Best Be Positioned to Dampen Sound?

Sound waves will typically reverberate between parallel surfaces. Because of this, positioning your felt wall panels on parallel walls is most useful to interrupt sound wave reverberation. 

Can the Tiles Be Used in Ceiling Applications?

Yes, you can use Felt Right tiles in ceiling applications. However, we do recommend using Felt Right Commercial-Grade adhesive tabs to create a stronger, semi-permanent bond.

Can Felt Right Tiles Be Used in Flooring Applications?

You should not use Felt Right tiles for flooring applications.

Do the Tiles Stick to Textured Walls?

Felt Right adhesive tabs conform to most surfaces, including painted cinder block and textured walls.

Will Tiles Match if I Want to Add New Tiles to an Existing Design?

Generally, yes, however we do experience some dye-lot variation, particularly with the grey colors.

Dye-lot variations are typically not noticeable unless the tiles are placed next to each other. If you are ordering new tiles that will go next to existing tiles, you may want to just give us a quick heads up so we can help make sure you don't experience significant dye-lot issues. 

Shipping
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How Long Does it Take to Ship an Order?

Most orders ship within 1-3 days. Occasionally, lead times may extend to 5 business days for larger orders or if we’re back-ordered on a specific tile.

What if I am not 100% satisfied With My Order?

No problem. You can return your order for any reason within the first 30 days after your purchase.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes we do! You can calculate shipping rates durring your checkout.

Uninstallation
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How do I uninstall tiles without damaging paint?

There are 2 important steps to uninstalling felt Right tiles without damaging paint:

Step 1: Carefully separate each tile from the adhesive tabs. Tiles are removed, leaving the tabs on the wall surface. This is done by inserting fingers between the tile and the wall, away from the tab location and gradually applying pressure until the tile separates from tabs. Avoid pulling the tile directly away from the wall in an abrupt or forceful manner as the tile needs time to release from the tabs.

Step 2: Roll the tabs off the wall. Once the tile has been removed from the wall, leaving the tabs, then remove each tab from the wall. This is done by starting at a corner of the tab, applying pressure and rolling the tab off of the wall with your finger or thumb. Avoid pulling the tab directly away from the wall.

If you have difficulty getting the tab to begin rolling, you can use a block pencil eraser to start the process.

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