To achieve optimum acoustic results, follow the steps below.

Please contact us if you have questions or need additional information.

We have created a document to help you walk your space, take notes and make decisions as you proceed through the steps. You will find these notes invaluable later when placing your order. Click here to download.

Step 1: Determine Coverage Requirements

On average, we recommend the following application guidelines for acoustic art coverage. If your application is not listed, is unusual in some way or requires heavy coverage, we recommend you contact us for assistance.

LIGHT Coverage

8% of each wall

Best for:

  • Conference Rooms
  • Corridors
  • Living Rooms
  • Classrooms
  • Dining Rooms
  • Nurseries
  • Home Gyms
  • Spas

TYPICAL Coverage

18% of each wall

Best for:

  • Restaurants
  • Corporate Offices
  • Game Rooms
  • Lobbies
  • Places of Worship
  • Meeting Halls
  • Gymnasiums
  • Hair Salons

Heavy Coverage

28% or more of each wall

Best for:

  • Bars / Lounges
  • Home Theaters
  • Call Centers
  • Music Rooms
  • Performance Spaces
  • Kennels

Step 2: Select Locations and Orientations

Now that you know your coverage needs, you need to determine the best locations for the artwork. While you decide this, consider which artwork orientations (vertical, horizontal, square or panoramic) will be best for each setting or if you will create groupings with multiple pieces.

  • To have the maximum effect on sound absorption and reverberation, add artwork to the most reflective areas first. These are the areas where it is apparent hard surfaces are negatively affecting the acoustics.
  • Locate the sound sources that aggravate your situation and place artwork on the walls directly opposite, if possible.
  • Disperse the artwork throughout the environment as much as possible and don’t overlook room corners where sound tends to collect.
  • Sound abatement works best when the art is placed at the same level as the source of sound. However, sometimes this can look ridiculous, so use your best judgement.
  • If your room is oddly shaped, has glass walls, lots of large windows or other hard surfaces you can’t hang from, go ahead and hang where you can. Even if you can’t accommodate the coverage we recommend, try your hardest to aesthetically achieve it and you will still notice an improvement with your room’s acoustics.

Step 3: Choose Your Sizes

Use the below tool to get as close as possible to the coverage needs you calculated in Step One. Enter quantities for the sizes you are considering, and it will tally the amount of square feet you have achieved.

For framed dimensions, add 2″ for the standard frame and 1 ¼″ for the float frame. A chart listing final framed sizes can be found here.

Although we offer 10 common acoustic sizes, we don’t want your project to be limited in any way and offer custom sizes up to 48″ x 96″ Email [email protected] for more information about custom sizes.

Light Coverage (8%) Calculation from Step One:

Typical Coverage (18%) Calculation from Step One:

Heavy Coverage (28% or more) Calculation from Step One:

Please contact us for assistance.

Step 4: Select Your Imagery

Now that you know your sizes and orientations, you can select your imagery! Choose from our collection, your own or from your favorite stock photography websites.

Be aware that imagery from our collection cannot be cropped or altered by our customers (please contact us for these needs), but if uploading your imagery, our software includes editing capabilities.

Chatterbox Collection

Our collection is in its infancy but is already showing great strength! We have plans to add many unique fine art images from around the globe in the coming months, so visit us frequently! Browse our collection or use keywords to search and save favorites to your wish list for ordering when ready.

Uploading Your Own Imagery

Although we have our own signature collection of ever-growing imagery to select from, we encourage you to upload your own images or from your favorite stock photography websites.

You must acknowledge that you have the applicable license to use, modify and reproduce the image you upload, and that you and will be legally responsible for any infringements. Chatterbox, Inc. bears no responsibility for the licensing of submitted artwork.

Please note: Smartphones and some digital camera photos are too small for our standard sizes and will be rejected by our software unless the image has been upscaled to meet our minimum requirements. We have high standards for our fine art – it’s why we don’t accept image files below 150 dpi. Please contact us if you would like help upscaling your imagery or to request printing below 150 dpi.

Acceptable File Types

JPEG, PNG or SVG. Contact us if you need help converting your files.

Color Correction & Digital Editing

Upon receipt, we will prepare your file for production. We may alter the file to protect color vibrancy which can be affected by aspects of the printing process. If you have any concerns about your image file or want us to adjust something, please contact us. We offer graphic design services for an additional fee.

For technical information regarding required pixel dimensions, image resolution or maximum file sizes, visit Pixels 101.

Signatures, Edition Numbers or Graphics

We highly recommend that important details such as signatures, edition numbers or graphics are kept at least ½″ from the edges of your artwork. This will prevent these details from appearing too close to the edge or from being cut off due to slight tolerances in our production process.

Also, it is important to note that you will lose up to 3/8″ of your print on all four sides if you frame your piece in our standard moulding. This is because the rabbet (or lip of the moulding that rests on the outside edges of the art), is 3/8″ wide and will cover these portions of your piece. Art publishing companies consider this an industry standard and files are not adjusted to compensate.

A Note About Borders

We print all our art with mirrored borders. Also called mirrored edges, we copy and “flip” the outer edge of your image to give it a “mirrored” edge. The image appears continuous while repeating the edge elements, creating a gallery-ready, artistic look for your piece. Please note the mirrored edges are only visible with our unframed product where the sides of the panel are exposed and not hidden by a frame.

Mirror Wrapped Image Example

Bedchamber of the Count de Mornay
Eugène Delacroix