Acoustic Stretch Fabric in Homes

acoustic stretch fabric to reduce noise at home

Soundproof Your Ceilings

Are you not the biggest fan of the acoustics throughout your home?

Stretch fabric ceilings have become increasingly popular in today’s residential market; however, one specific type has stood out among the others as a fan favorite, acoustic stretch ceilings.

Continuous background noise in our everyday lives can cause not only an annoyance but also potentially ear strain or worse and stretch fabric can be a simple acoustical solution.

What are Acoustic Stretch Ceilings?

Acoustic stretch ceilings are practically the same as the traditional stretch fabrics we’re used to seeing, but the materials are slightly different. Acoustic ceilings are different in that they are perforated throughout to allow for the perfect absorption of sound vibrations.

The perforations in acoustic stretch ceilings not only prevent sound waves from passing through them but also stop them in the tracks and keep them from spreading further.

Pros of Acoustic Stretch Ceilings in Homes

With acoustic stretch ceilings, you can take your room acoustics to the next level. The pros of acoustic stretch ceilings include their:

  • Modern appearance

Stretch fabrics can be digitally printed with any design you desire to match your home’s aesthetic.

  • Simplicity and quickness of installation

Stretch fabric can be professionally and seamlessly installed for you within the same day.

  • Ease of care

Stretch fabric ceilings are simple to clean. Simply take a rag and spot clean with soap and water as needed.

Things to Consider

The extent of your room’s acoustic stretch ceiling will depend on:

  • The thickness and type of fabric being used
  • The thickness and the material of the soundproofing or sound-absorbing fabric
  • The diameter of the holes in the perforated membrane
  • The distance between the perforations
  • The distance between the ceiling and the stretch fabric

Perhaps the most important aspect when considering an acoustic stretch ceiling is your acoustic objective. These ceilings can be useful in resisting both the penetration of external noise into the room (soundproofing) as well as reducing the acoustic pressure created by the sound waves inside the room (reducing indoor noise).

It is important to do your research before selecting an acoustic stretch ceiling. Visit our website to learn more about our services and how we can help you find the perfect stretch ceiling solution.

How is Stretch Fabric Installed?

stretch fabric

Undergoing a home renovation project can be a thrilling and creative experience (who doesn’t love a little refresh?), but it can also be time-consuming and stressful. Often, renovations require tough decision-making, significant financial investments, and complicated coordination to keep things going smoothly. Doing your research is one of the best ways to relieve the stress of the process. With a little bit of digging and determination, you can find the best solutions for your home renovation that are high quality, cost-effective, and low hassle.

If you decide that a stretch fabric ceiling or walls are the best options for your home renovation, you’ll probably want to know some logistics. We’ve created a simple guide to show you the step-by-step process of how we install stretch fabric so you will have all the information you need to remain worry-free throughout your home renovation project.

1. Choose Your Fabric

Nuwalls Hawaii offers endless possibilities for your stretch fabric needs. We are proud to be Hawaii’s exclusive provider of both CLIPSO and Novawall stretch fabric options. Once you decide which brand of stretch fabric will suit you best, you can customize the material in various ways to achieve your desired results. 

Lighting preferences, acoustic needs, the colors and prints of the fabric, the shape of your space, and the location of installation all play a role in your fabric choices. Feel a bit overwhelmed by all of the options? Don’t worry; our Nuwalls team of experts can help you find the perfect stretch fabric for your renovation goals.

2. Prepare Your Space   

Lucky for you, this step is easy. Some types of home or ceiling renovations, such as plaster or popcorn ceiling removal, will make a mess and require you to move all of your furniture out of the room to make space. 

With stretch fabric ceiling installation, you’ll only have to make enough room for a ladder. There is no extra setup or clean-up necessary.

3. Install Profiles

The next step is when you get to sit back and relax. Our expert team at Nuwalls Hawaii will take care of the tricky work of installation. First, we will identify spaces we need to leave in the ceiling for lighting and ventilation. Next, we will install the profile (i.e., an aluminum track) by precisely lining it up and neatly drilling it to your ceiling or walls. The profile will be the base for your fabric.

4. Stretch the Fabric

Many stretch fabrics require heating to achieve their maximum stretch capacity before being installed into the profile. CLIPSO fabric, however, can be installed at any room temperature. Our Nuwalls Hawaii professionals will carefully stretch your fabric ceiling by tucking it into the aluminum track, starting with the corners, to achieve a perfectly smooth surface. Our team will then cut out custom holes for your fixtures, if necessary.

5. Ensure Cleanliness

Finally, to wrap up the job, the Nuwalls team will thoroughly examine the entire ceiling or wall for any blemishes or imperfections. They will delicately clean the fabric with a damp cloth and mild cleaner to ensure your stretch fabric is in tip-top shape and ready to wow anyone who comes into your home or business.

Stretch fabric is a safe, cost-effective, aesthetic, and convenient solution for your home or office renovation. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of stretch fabric in your home and the customization options available through Nuwalls Hawaii, check out our website.

How to Use Stretch Fabric for Unique Lighting Displays

Lighting can completely change the atmosphere of a room. Whether it’s a little mood lighting for a romantic dinner or a vibrant color-changing fixture for a party, lighting is what sets the tone of any home or business. 

Stretch fabric is unique among ceiling solutions in that it provides the opportunity to be backlit. Stretch fabric can accommodate all of your lighting needs from elegant and simple to dramatic and eye-catching. 

How It Works

With a choice between several fabric translucencies that create a varying light effect, we can create remarkably rendered sources of light throughout the room. Our certified experts simply install an aluminum track onto your ceiling and stretch your fabric of choice around the track. You can choose to either have your light sources behind the stretch fabric or, if you would like your lights to be exposed, we can create cutouts to perfectly fit the fabric around your lights.

Simple Lighting

If you want tasteful and appealing lighting in your business or residential to remodel, look no further than stretch fabric. By evenly placing LED or fluorescent lights behind your fabric ceiling, our installation team will create a perfectly smooth and clean ceiling with aesthetic lighting. Stretch fabric over light sources ensures that the light is evenly dispersed and completely glare-free for your ultimate comfort. This kind of ceiling provides a relaxing atmosphere fit for your every need.

Artistic Lighting

Painting a wall is great, but with stretch fabric, you can achieve truly stunning and unique designs. You can combine any shape, any size, any texture, and any print to create a stunning original masterpiece for your home or commercial space. Nuwalls Stretch Fabric is completely customizable. If you want a modern and trendy texture or a vibrant and funky print, we can make it happen. Nuwalls Stretch Fabric uses professional, top-of-the-line screen printing to achieve any kind of pattern that you desire. Adding backlight to an interesting design can elevate the look of your home or business to a new level. 

Easily Change Your Look

Let out your inner interior designer! Now is the time to make a bold move with your home remodel or office design. Since the fabric ceiling is simply fitted over a track, it allows you to keep things interesting by easily changing out your fabric whenever you feel like an update.

Changing your lighting out is a breeze as well. The tracking system has removable panels for easy access to your lights. If necessary, alternative options such as a detachable lightbox can be installed for ultimate ease of use.

If you have a home remodel or commercial remodel on the horizon, and you want to make a true statement piece, stretch fabric is the way to go. The endless possibilities enable you to fulfill your dreams for a stunning design or simply to create a warm and welcoming environment. 

Nuwalls Hawaii is the sole provider of Nuwalls and Clipso stretch fabrics on the Islands. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of stretch fabric or get started on a project, contact us today!

Stretch Fabric vs. Wallpaper

wallpaper vs stretch fabric

What’s Best for Your Home Remodel?

Let’s face it. If walking into your living room feels like you time traveled back to the 1970s (ahem, popcorn ceilings), a home remodel might be in order. 

Modernizing your walls or ceiling can effortlessly elevate the style of your home. But what’s the best option for your space? Whether you are looking for a fresh modern print or an elegant and simple white, here’s four reasons why you should consider stretch fabric instead of wallpaper:

1. Fully-Covered Textures

If the goal of your home remodel is to cover up outdated wall textures, wallpaper is likely not the best choice for you. Applying wallpaper over a textured surface can prove tricky. If you are not careful, the texture will show through the paper. The paper will require more starch in order to adhere to the wall correctly. Additionally, lining up panels can be difficult when the wall is not even.

Rather than taking the risk and hoping the wallpaper application is successful, stretch fabric may be a better fit for your needs. Our certified professionals will expertly install your CLIPSO or Novawall stretch fabric for a perfectly smooth surface, no matter the texture underneath.  

2. Safety and Reliability

Adding patterns to walls is an easy and chic way to update a bathroom. Unfortunately, not all wallpapers mix well with water. Particularly in splash-zones (like a kid’s bathroom) or in rooms that are not well-ventilated, finding mold under wallpaper isn’t unheard of.

Luckily, many of our stretch fabric options are resistant to mold and mildew growth and are easily maintained with a mild detergent and light scrubbing. Stretch fabric has a cross weave of material that allows it to breathe, letting air and moisture pass through unobstructed and blocking any unwanted and harmful dust particles.CLIPSO and Novawall stretch fabric can safely be installed in bathrooms, saunas, pools, and other high-moisture areas.

3. Easy Removal

Styles change, and you may find yourself wanting to update your walls or ceiling again in the future. Taking down wallpaper can be a hassle and can damage the wall underneath if it is not done properly. 

Stretch fabric, however, is another story. Because the fabric is installed by stretching it around an aluminum track, it can easily be switched out for another design when you decide it’s time for a fresh look. No need to spend hours peeling every last bit of paper off the wall.

4. Additional Features

Want to really make a statement? Choosing stretch fabric allows for a variety of customization options to make your interior design dreams come true. 

The track frame enables the option of backlighting to set the tone for your space. With a choice between several fabric translucencies that create a varying light effect, we can create remarkably rendered sources of light throughout the room.

Stretch fabrics also come in a wide variety of unique sizes, shapes, cutouts, and in virtually any design that you can imagine to make your vision come to life.


Want to learn more about Nuwalls Hawaii stretch fabric options and get a quote? Contact us today.