What To Consider Before Selecting Operable Walls

Space constraint is a major limiting factor for commercial and academic establishments. In the times of continuous development and technological advancement, it is imperative to make the best possible use of available space in any commercial setting. This will enable maximum utilization of resources, more revenue generation and optimal performance. These days, a variety of options exist to fulfil these requirements. Operable walls are a very popular inclusion that provide flexible space utilization. But before you install one in your establishment, here are few points to consider:

Types of flexible walls

The type of the flexible wall you choose will influence its function and ultimately your purpose. Single panel designs are most popular in storage set ups and offer a great flexibility to a large opening in the premises. Couple panelled designs are hinged together in pairs and offer maximum benefits in a straight line set up. A series of coupled panels offers a lot more flexibility but is limited by the difficulty of managing so many panels together manually.

Appearance of flexible walls

The next parameter to consider is the appearance of the operable walls. These walls are available in a wide range of texture and finish, depending on the cost you want to put in. Some examples are vinyl walls in different colours and textures, wood veneers, plastics laminates, woven fabric and wall carpeting texture etc. In addition, there are options for the layout of these walls, like inclusion of windows, having provision of partitioning etc.

Sound control

Sound control offered by different kinds of flexible walls becomes especially important if your establishment requires that absolutely no sound passes between two areas separated by such flexible walls.  Standard acoustic ratings are defined by the manufacturers of such materials and you should carefully study these specifications before selecting one for your premises. A proper fit is of absolute importance in case of tight acoustic control. Even the slightest misalignment of these walls will allow sound to escape through them and make the whole purpose futile. It is therefore very important to choose the seals accordingly. The characteristics and usage of different types of seals like mechanical and non-mechanical seals should be clearly understood.


Due consideration must be given to the maintenance costs, after-sales services and warranty clauses of operable walls. It is important to choose a material that is sturdy and durable, and at the same time, not very expensive in the long run. Easy availability of the same material is also an important factor to be kept in mind. It is not uncommon for suppliers to offer Annual Maintenance Contracts for these walls.

While flexible walls and partitions offer a multitude of benefits, one must not make haste in selecting and installing one in our establishment. A fine balance has to be made between our requirements from such a wall, the features of different materials, and the investment involved in installation and maintenance of these walls. A careful consideration of these factors will enable you to choose the best option for your commercial set-up.

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  • Operable walls are a great way to keep your ceilings clean and free from dust and debris, but they can also be a source of damage. If your operable wall is not properly installed, it can cause damage to the ceiling above it, including water damage and the possibility of an electrical shock. Thanks for sharing an amazing blog.

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