I would love some help on the best way to build my fabric frames. I am planning to cover all of my walls in fabric frames and I have been researching intermittently how to do this. Well, now the time has come and I am still confounded. So here are a few specifics. (And there is a link to my build thread in my sig.)
-Room is 15x19x8.
-False wall with an AT screen and fabric frames covering false wall.
-Sound treatments will be 2'' thick.
-Surround speakers will be 3 15/16'' deep. I will have 4 of them. I am planning on going with in wall surrounds to maintain this relatively shallow profile.
-At this time my plan is to not do columns in my room and hide the speakers with deeper 4'' panels in those 4 locations.
-Therefore most of the room will need just over 2'' fabric frames to cover the 2'' of OC705 on the walls and 4 locations will have smaller panels deep enough to cover my 3 15/16'' surrounds.
Here is an idea of what I am going for.
The thicker panels in this room would be used to cover the surround speakers and would stick out approx 2'' further than the rest. I do plan to utilize sconces in those locations close to the surround speakers like in the picture.
I would like the panels to be removable to allow me to change the placement of my sound treatments during professional calibration. It seems there are lots of ways to do this but I need some help determining what is best for my application. I also have questions about what methods work best for the construction of the panels themselves.
I have some carpenters helping me with the fabric frames. I will be working with them during the whole process as well to speed things along.
So a few questions:
1. Can I assume that some type of "nailor" is necessary if I want them to be removable? This may disgruntle my help but it is what it is. They have bid the project as a whole so it is not by the hour.
2. I would like to hear what peoples experience is with different types of attachment related to ease of application, and absence of rattles. I will have a very capable JTR Orbit Shifter in use as a main sub not to mention balancing subs so this is very important.
a. Velcro. I am a little concerned with how well it adheres but I think the industrial stuff is up to the challenge. I am mostly concerned with how quiet it is when the walls start flexing due to the extreme LF energy. If all of the panels started to make even very tiny "velcro noises" it would be disastrous.
b. Speaker Grill ball and sockets. I read how Brad did his in his "Pimp my Garage" thread and it looks promising but might be a lot of extra work.
c. Friction fit. I am not sure if this would work at all. If any of the panels are anything less than straight I can see big problems.
d. Fabric Mate- this is more money so I would probably ask the carpenters to discount to rate to offset the cost. Otherwise it is just not worth it.
e. Screws? I am not sure if they could be hidden though.....
f. ? What other methods are out there ?
3. What is the best way to construct the frames to get the depth I need and to have enough strength to prevent the frames from bowing? I don't mind adding mid span supports if needed. I see many people here fastening several layers of mdf together and this seems like a tedious process. So why is that necessary? Somebody school me please. Is there a reason that 2x2's or even ripped down 2x4's cannot be used? Is it a cost thing? Do they bow out? Is it because it is difficult to find straight lumber?
Any help is appreciated.
GrantEdited by jedimastergrant - 6/4/13 at 1:20pm