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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
Final Look
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Are Felt Right products commercial grade?
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Absolutely.  Although Felt Right serves both commercial and residential customers, all materials and products are made to the highest commercial performance standards including durability, sound absorption, quality and consistency, flammability and interior air quality standards.

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, Utah.  Our world-class, sustainable factory is located at the base of the beautiful Wasatch Mountain Range,  which provides a backdrop almost as beautiful as our custom felt wall designs.

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 A material for commercial applications.

What are the Dimensions of Felt Right Tiles?
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Felt Right tiles come in 12 distinct sizes that are designed to work together in our Design Studio.  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.

Square 12” x 12” (11-⅞” actual)

Large Square 24” x 24” (23-3/4" x 23-3/4" actual)

Triangle 12” x 12” (11-⅞” actual)

Small Shiplap 3” x 12” (2-15/16" x 11-7/8" actual)

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

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

Large Half 12” x 24” (11-7/8" x 23-3/4" 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)

Large Diamond 12” x 21” (11-3/4" x 20-1/2" actual)

Hex 10” x 12” (10-¼” x 11-¾” actual)

Can Tiles Be Cut on Site to Specific Sizes?
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Yes, our tiles are easily cut to specific sizes and dimensions using a utility 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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Yes, our felt tiles lessen sound absorption from nearby spaces. Multiple customer reviews highlight this benefit. However, please keep in mind that “sound-proofing” a space by reducing or eliminating sound from an adjacent space is a complex process and felt tiles are likely just one part of a multi-pronged solution.

Can the Tiles Be Used in Ceiling Applications?
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Felt Right tiles are ideal for ceiling applications, however, we do recommend using a construction adhesive like Liquid Nails to create a secure bond.

Can Felt Right Tiles Be Used in Flooring Applications?
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Felt Right tiles are not suitable for flooring applications.

Can Felt Right Tiles be Installed on Curved Walls?
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Our tiles are relatively rigid and do not easily conform to curved surfaces. However, the Pixel (3" x 3") and Quarter (6" x 6") tiles adhere with one 1" x 1" adhesive, and might be used to create a “faceted” effect assuming the radius of the curve is sufficiently large.

Installation FAQs
What is the recommended installation method for commercial projects?
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For smaller, semi-permanent applications, we recommend using Felt Right commercial grade adhesive tabs.  Adhesive tabs make for a quick, easy installation process that provide a secure bond for semi-permanent installations

For larger, permanent or overhead applications we recommend using a construction adhesive like Liquid Nails to adhere tiles to wall or ceiling.  Felt Right tiles are precision fabricated to allow for easy, seamless installation and are a favorite with the construction trade.

What if I want to install my Felt Right Tiles myself?
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Many of our commercial customers opt to DIY their Felt Right designs.   All designs are shipped with an installation diagram and adhesive tabs.  Upon checking out, you are given the option to choose between Paint-safe and Commercial adhesive tabs—both are easy to install!

Tools required are a tape measure, level, and pencil. After aligning your first few tiles, the remainder of your design should be easy to complete.  For more information see our installation page:  https://feltright.com/pages/installation

Are Adhesive Tabs Included in My Felt Right Order?
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Every order of Felt Right tiles comes standard with adhesive tabs.  At checkout, you are given the option to choose between Paint Safe and Commercial tabs.  For more information on the difference between tabs, see here.

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.  For more information, see our cleaning guide.

How are Returns Handled for Commercial Orders?
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We want to make sure you are happy with your purchase. For orders up to $1,000: If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may return it within 30 days of purchase and we will refund your purchase minus the cost of shipping (or you may ship it yourself).

For orders of $1,000 to $3,000, you may return the items within 30 days and we will charge a 15% restocking fee plus the cost of return shipping.

We do not accept returns on orders larger than $3,000.

We limit returns on large orders because we custom fabricate tiles for each order rather than store excess inventory as part of our effort to minimize our environmental footprint.

In order to ensure that your project is successful, we have color samples available and also provide free, up-front design support to help realize your creative vision.

Contact us at design@feltright.com.

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.

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