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Vega Collegiate academy

Felt Right was proud to partner with Vega Collegiate Academy, a Colorado-based charter school with a focus on creating academic opportunities for students with a wide range of economic backgrounds. Our collaboration was based on a renovation and re-purposing of an existing building to serve as a new home for the school, by creating a dynamic environment which utilized high-performing materials that helped with organization, acoustics, and the elegant display of student work.
Case Study Needs
Problem | Needs:
Organization/pinnability: a place to pin classroom content, feature student work, etc.
Sound-absorption: reduce reverberation time to within the recommended range for speech intelligibility, create an environment conducive to effective learning
Color and aesthetic: incorporate bright and dynamic colors to create visual interest
Color theory: shades of blue promote a calming and relaxing effect, these are paired with a complimentary vibrant orange to promote optimism and energy
Brand Colors:
Brand Colors
Research:
  • Client interviews: survey the users of the space in order to gather individual insights
  • Budget: take measurements, calculate budgetary limits
  • Code analysis: determine if our fire rating, NRC, etc. are suitable for the project
Design Development:
  • Adjacency matrices: sketch out a matrix that details the relationship between rooms to make a case for which rooms/shared walls require sound-absorption
  • Criteria matrices: can combine with adjacency matrix to document specific needs or characteristics of each room (see example below)
Final Core Design Breakdown
Dimensions:
16ft x 3ft
Design Breakdown:
Armor Shiplap (8)
Baby Blue Shiplap (16)
Admiral Square (16)
Oxford Shiplap (8)
Shapes
Colorways
Base Design
Solution:
Classrooms: installations lower to the ground for students to interact with, near group meeting areas (spots for cubbies, reading corners, etc.) for sound-absorptive properties, vibrant colors for visual interest
Hallways: installations outside classrooms to absorb reverberation in tandem with carpet tiles, a place to feature student artwork, classwork, announcement, etc., vibrant colors and patterns inspired from the existing carpeting and interior finishes
Offices/Breakrooms/Conference Rooms: installations for organizational needs and sound-absorption for shared walls and offices
Cafeteria: large hexagonal installations used to absorb sound in a space with many users and highly reflective surfaces
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Product FAQs
What are the Sound Absorption Properties of Felt Right Tiles?
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Felt Right tiles have an NRC of 0.35. Depending on the surface area applied, your Felt Right tiles will have a noticeable effect on the acoustics of your space. We do not have any applicable sound-transmission (STC) data at this time.

What is the Material Composition of Felt Right Tiles?
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Felt Right tiles are made from 100% PET plastic, at least 50% of which is reclaimed from discarded water bottles. PET felt, created from the same plastic material used to make water and soda bottles, is made from spun plastic fibers pressed and sewn together. This lightweight and durable material is easy to clean and maintain while looking and feeling like warm wool.

How Do Felt Right Tiles Contribute to Healthy Indoor Air Quality?
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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 and meet GreenGuard Certification Gold standards.

Where are our Tiles Made?
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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 provides a backdrop almost as beautiful as our custom felt wall designs.

What are the Dimensions of Felt Right Tiles?
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Felt Right tiles come in 8 distinct sizes that are designed to work together in our Design Studio:

Square 12” x 12” (11-⅞” actual)

Triangle 12” x 12” (11-⅞” actual)

Shiplap 6” x 24” (23-¾” x 5-15/16” actual)

Half 6” x 12” (11-⅞” x 5-15/16” actual)

Quarter 6” x 6” (5-15/16” actual)

Pixel 3” x 3” (2-31/32” actual)

Diamond 5” x 6” (5-1/16” x 5-⅞” actual)

Hex 10” x 12” (10-¼” x 11-¾” actual)

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

What Is the Tile Thickness?
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Felt Right tiles are ⅜ inch or 9mm thick.

Do Felt Right Tiles Reduce Sound Transmission from Adjacent Spaces?
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Our felt tiles lessen sound absorption 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?
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Yes. Made with material that has undergone ASTM E-84 testing, our felt panels are considered a Class B material (non-sprinklered environments) and a Class A material (sprinklered environments) for commercial specifications.

Installation FAQs
What Is Required to Install My Felt Right Tiles?
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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?
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Every order of Felt Right tiles comes with plenty of adhesive tabs for installation. We provide 10% extra with every order.

For trade orders, we offer complimentary Commercial-Grade adhesive tabs. You may also substitute the adhesive tabs for construction adhesive i.e. Loctite, Liquid Nails, etc.

Can I Purchase Extra Adhesive Tabs?
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Yes, to purchase extra adhesive tabs, visit our Shop section.

Are Felt Right Tiles Paint-Safe?
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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.

What are the Best Maintenance Practices for Felt Right Tiles?
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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 multi-purpose cleaning products.

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

Can the Tiles Be Used in Ceiling Applications?
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Yes, you can use Felt Right tiles for 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?
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Felt Right tiles are not suitable for flooring applications.

Do the Tiles Stick to Textured Walls?
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Felt Right adhesive tabs conform to most surfaces, including painted cinder block and textured walls.

Can Felt Right Tiles be Installed on Curved Walls?
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Our tiles are fairly inflexible and are not incredibly suitable for curved surfaces, however, the Pixel (3" x 3") and Quarter (6" x 6") tiles adhere with one 1" x 1" adhesive, so they may adhere adequately to a curved surface by just the point-of-contact created by the adhesive tab.

Shipping and Lead Times FAQs
What Lead Times can be Expected for Commercial Orders?
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For larger commercial orders our lead times extend a bit, but most orders ship within 5 business days. Custom-cut projects generally have a lead time of 1-2 weeks.

How are Returns Handled for Commercial Orders?
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For commercial/trade orders, we cut and fabricate a significant number of tiles specifically for the order and are unable to accept returns. We stand by our product; if there are issues due to damage or discoloration we are happy to accommodate.

How do I Order and Receive Samples?
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We provide free samples to our trade customers.  Let us know if there are any samples you need in order to confirm color choices before we begin production and we would be happy to send those via priority mail.

Uninstallation FAQs
How Do I Uninstall Tiles without Damaging Paint?
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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 the 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.

Custom Projects FAQs
How do I Create a Custom Project with Felt Right?
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Please refer to our Custom Order Info Sheet for details on the process of ordering a custom project. If you would like to proceed with a project, please send the applicable information as seen on the Custom Order Info Sheet to design@feltright.com.

Can I Color-Match Felt Right Tiles?
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Our minimum for fiber-dyed color-matching is 3,200 sq. ft. and entails a 3 month lead time. If this is something you are interested in, please reach out to us at design@feltright.com.