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The benefits of fabric accent walls in commercial remodeling

By Scott Hamele, DBIA President and founder of Construction DesignWorks, LLC and Nationwide Commercial Inspections, LLC

Two rooms that add the most value to a house and deserve the most attention are the kitchen and master bathroom. In a commercial office, those two rooms of emphasis are the lobby or reception areas and conference rooms. Creative business interior ideas involve imaginative building ingredients. An often forgotten building material in commercial remodeling is fabric (aka textile). The use of stretched fabric on an accent wall is a bold statement. It offers more versatility than other materials such as wood, tile, paint and wall covering. Used in combination with these other materials it will result in stunning effects and create a warm and inviting space.

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Fabric wall offers five benefits over conventional commercial remodeling materials


A fabric wall finishing system, such as Fabricmate Wall Finishing Solutions, will absorb impact much better than gypsum board and will regain its form after a hit. Unlike a conventional wall which is left with a mark or hole, this is a tackable surface and will hold tighter than a typical cork wall mat.


Stretched fabric adds acoustical value to your space. The use of stretched fabric will absorb sound waves and improve sound transmission within the room.


Thousands of colors and patterns are available. Don’t like the color after a couple years? Then change it. Fabric is easy to clean and alleviates visible damage.


Most stretch fabric product is fabricated with over 60 percent recycled product. Its adhesives are typically low in or have zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs).


Textiles offer unlimited versatility to custom print your company mission statement, art, graphics, logo or pictures.

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If you are considering the use of fabric covering in your next commercial remodeling project, there are three major components to consider.

  • Fabric covering — Choose a color and type of fabric that will add life to your room.
  • Backing material— Add a quarter to one inch backing behind the fabric to fill the void between the wall and the fabric. This also helps absorb reverberated sound waves.
  • Fabric mounting system— This helps define the shape of the fabric wall. It will hold the fabric in place and is typically made from plastic.

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While textiles can cost anywhere from $10 to $200 per yard; a frugal shopper can always find what they are looking for with patience. Think outside the box with your commercial interior finish. Your imagination is your only limit with colors, types of fabrics, shapes and sizes. Intermix textiles with beautiful teak wood or intersperse areas of ceramic wall tile to accent the fabric in your next commercial remodeling project.

About Construction DesignWorks, LLC

Construction DesignWorks uses its hands-on approach and design expertise to create and develop a winning design-build team that is specialized for each customer. Their complete turnkey solutions align with the unique business needs of various types of real estate. Construction DesignWorks, LLC is located at 6657 Woodland Drive in Shawnee, Kansas. If you are looking for a commercial construction contractor or for more information about interior design-build, call (913) 745-4727 or visit their website