Sheer Practicality: Fabric in Interiors

May 6, 2020 2:42 pm

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Sheer Practicality: Fabric in Interiors

Including fabric in your building interiors provides a number of benefits. It can help reduce solar glare, improve the acoustics of the space, and create a striking feature that can help bring a space.


Acoustics are a problem for many modern buildings due to the abundance of highly reflective surfaces like furniture, floors, walls, glazing and ceilings. These surfaces can cause issues with sound reverberation, such as high levels of background noise and echo effects, creating a noisy environment that can make it difficult for people to have conversations.

This problem can be countered by including acoustically engineered fabrics and fabric structures in the interior design of a building, or by adding quilt or foam to a fabric that is acoustically transparent. This will reduce background noise and result in a better experience for visitors.


A striking, discreet and cost-effective way to divide up a space is through the use of tensile fabric and tensile structures. For example as projection screens or incorporated with acoustic absorption components to create areas of privacy.

Solar Shade

Fabric is an excellent way of creating shade within a building. Daylight and glare can be controlled via the use of uniquely engineered solar meshes, which will provide shade without compromising natural light. Controlling daylight using movable fabric arrangements will save money as it will reduce air conditioning and lighting bills throughout bright winter days and hot summer months. Because the meshes are semi-translucent, diffused light can permeate through and the view outside can still be visible. This is a great option if you want to maintain a sense of openness and space in your building.


Because tensile fabrics reflect light well they look great when they are illuminated, both internally and externally. Not only can tensile fabric structures be illuminated themselves, they can also incorporate lighting as part of their overall design. For example, lighting can be built into the membrane of the fabric, or the fabric framework of the structure. The creative as well as practical uses for this are endless.