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What is a movable wall?
A movable wall is used to quickly subdivide a space using a series of connecting panels that can be quickly and easily maneuvered by virtually anyone. The wall remains perfectly stable once in place while delivering the structural and acoustic integrity of a solid wall. A movable wall is not a screen (it cannot be moved to another place), nor is it an accordion door (unstable and poor sound insulation). Nor do we make panels that roll or slide along rails in the floor. Our movable walls are suspended from a track recessed in the dropped ceiling or, lacking that, concealed by a plasterboard or wood casing.
How is a movable wall installed?
Our movable walls travel along an aluminum track attached to a load-bearing part of the overhead support, recessed into the dropped ceiling, no floor track required. We use different track widths adapted to each wall model and a variety of locking systems depending on the existing structures; if this does not offer the required load-bearing strength, an additional structure to suspend the track will be installed.
The track is installed perfectly level and has two lateral brackets that attach to a dropped ceiling or casing to conceal the hardware. The perfect time to install a movable wall is just before completing the ceilings.
Once the track is in place, the panels and horizontal adjustment pieces can be installed at a later stage. This is a clean installation that can be scheduled at the same time furniture is brought in at the end of the project.
How long does it take to install a movable wall?
We install the tracks within the first ten business days after the estimate has been confirmed and we start manufacturing the panels based on the measurements taken after the track was installed. For in-stock finishes, the average time for panel installation is fifteen additional business days after track installation.
We manufacture the panels in two phases to prevent unexpected measurement modifications, although we can also produce the panels in a single phase. We are a highly industrialized company with the ability to incorporate Lean and Last Planner System processes to reduce turn-around times as much as possible, even during peak production.
How do the panels move and stack? Unidirectional and multidirectional walls.
Movable walls move two different ways: unidirectional (UD) and multidirectional (MD).
When walls are unidirectional, the panels are center-hung from a single suspension point in the middle of the panel. This means that the panels are limited to linear movement along the track. The panels turn 90º from their final position and can be stacked towards one or both ends of the main track. The panels take up half their width on either side of the track when stacked. This is the simplest and most cost-effective motion system, although it is not recommended when the wall is installed next to doors or windows, because the wall could potentially block them.
When walls are multidirectional, the panels have a twin-point suspension, which means they can move off the main track using special parts and additional sections of track. This makes it possible to stack the panels differently depending on the project requirements. The multidirectional system delivers complete layout flexibility, freeing up trafficked areas without blocking light sources. These are some of the most popular multidirectional stacking options.
How do the panels lock into position and to each other? Movable partition walls and movable acoustic walls.
Part of the insulation level of the different models in our range is directly related to their locking system. Movable partition walls are those designed to simply divide space. The panels fit together using concealed connectors and lock into position via a floor bolt concealed in the edge and a front floor bolt on the locking panel. A double nylon brush seal on both the top and bottom of the panel is used for vertical adjustment. Due to this type of seal, these panels do not guarantee a soundproofed wall.
The movable acoustic walls offer varying degrees of insulation based on the material with which the panels are filled, which range from around a lab-certified 34 dB to 54 dB. The panels fit together using tongue-and-groove profiles with a double retractable seal that can extend to the floor and a side-operated track activated via a 90º turn of the removable handle (automatic locking system available). The last panel has a lateral seal to horizontally shut the wall, which can be face-operated using the same locking system. The seals and joints are made with EPDM profiles (proprietary design) that guarantee flawless sealing and soundproofing.
The panels always align with the walls via fixed lead and trail jambs that level out the surfaces (baseboards, heating pipes, sagging, etc.).
What are the limitations of movable walls?
Our standard options include the manufacturing of glass panels up to 4 m high and solid panels up to 12 m high. If you had something else in mind, please contact us directly so that we can offer you a custom-made solution.
What finishes are available?
We manufacture our movable walls with the finest materials in terms of technical, aesthetic, and functional performance. The standard finish for our walls is melamine-faced chipboard. We have a permanent stock of Finsa and Egger panels as well as an extensive network of national and international suppliers to offer any finish on the market or a combination of the following:
- Melamine- or HPL-faced chipboard
- Powder-coated or untreated MDF for painting
- Waterproof or fire-resistant panels
- Natural wood veneer panels, writable and magnetic laminates…
- Panels with steel plating, grooves, paneling…
- Fabric covered, micro-perforated, sound barrier, sound absorbent…
We use transparent laminated safety glass for our glazed walls, with alternative options like translucent glass, acid finish, vinyl, etc.
Can doors be fitted into movable walls? Special panels
All models in our range have special panels to meet any requirement:
- Doors at the end of the movable wall (any opening is possible)
- Doors recessed in a panel (725 mm, 825 mm, and 925 mm entrance)
- Double door made with two panels
- Panels with a single or double laminated glass window, Climalit, etc.
- L- or T-shaped panel to create junctions
Do you manufacture custom-made movable walls?
Of course! We love challenges. Working alongside our customers has made it possible for us to consistently improve our work and we’d love to talk to you or schedule a visit to our facilities to hear what you have in mind.
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