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How To Install Acoustic Panels

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How to Install Acoustic Panels

There are plenty of ways to install acoustic panels, from strong adhesive glues to a good old-fashioned hammer and nail. It entirely depends on the type of panel, the application surface, and whether you want permanent installation.

What are Acoustic Panels and How do they Work?

acoustic panels

"Acoustic wall panels"

Acoustic panels are wall panels that modify the way sound behaves in a space. They can’t soundproof a room, only aid in improving sound quality within it.

In a room, sound reflects off surfaces within the space. Some surfaces allow for more reflection than others, and if all surfaces within the room are heavily reflective, it can cause issues such as echo and reverberation. Acoustic panels add a sound absorbing layer to the space, so instead of all sound being reflected, some of it is absorbed by the wall panel.

Ceiling Panel Installation

Acoustic panels can be applied to walls or ceilings depending on the type of panel. Acoustic ceiling tiles, baffles, rafts, and suspended panels can all be attached to the ceiling. There are three options for installing acoustic panels on the ceiling…

Grid Installation

acoustic ceiling grid installation

"Acoustic ceiling grid installation"

Acoustic ceiling tiles can be installed using exposed or recessed grids. Depending on the nature of the ceiling itself, grid installation can provide flexibility in terms of future panel removal. Acoustic ceiling tiles can also be added to an existing ceiling tile grid to enhance sound absorption and update the aesthetics!

Direct Application

Certain types of acoustic ceiling tiles can be fitted directly to a ceiling. This requires careful assessment of the position of ceiling joists, as well as any electrical or pipework. Where a small number of foam tiles are being installed, these can be easily affixed with minimal structural assessment.


acoustic rafts

"Acoustic rafts"

panels that need to be suspended from the ceiling – including acoustic baffles and acoustic rafts – require attachment points for hanging. This needs structural assessment of joists and utility positions, as well as accessories such as drywall anchors. The advantage of suspended acoustic panels is that they avoid the permanence of direct fixing, and the expense of installing an entire grid system. Suspended acoustic panels can be installed while accommodating existing air conditioning systems and require significantly less space whilst achieving the same great results.

Wall Panel Installation

Acoustic wall panels can be installed in a variety of ways but the two most popular ways are using a strong adhesive glue (we recommend using PINKGRIP – this can be found on Amazon or at DIY/building stores such as Screwfix and B&Q) or screws. Self-adhesive acoustic panels are also available, these usually involve a peel and stick method of application.

Adhesive Glue

acoustic panel installation with adhesive glue

"Acoustic panel installation with adhesive glue"

Adhesive glues make installing acoustic panels quick and easy. You simply dab glue across all corners and throughout the middle of the panel, hold against the wall for a minute or so, and you’re done! For extra security, glue can be applied to both the panel and the area of wall application, but this isn’t always necessary.


Some panels are unsuitable for adhesive glues and therefore need to be screwed into the wall. This method is typically unique to each panel and wall surface, in terms of which screws to use and the number of screws needed.

Installation guides are available on our website or can be requested from a member of our sales team should you need it.

Self-Adhesive Acoustic Panels

self-adhesive acoustic panel installation

"Self-adhesive acoustic panel installation"

Some acoustic wall panels feature a self-adhesive backing that can be peeled to reveal a sticky surface. Self-adhesive acoustic panels couldn’t be easier to install!

Can You Remove Acoustic Wall Panels?

Most acoustic wall panels are for permanent application, especially when adhesive glues are used, as removal can cause damage to the surface underneath. Screwed in acoustic panels can easily be removed but there of course you will be left with holes in the wall - but a bit of plaster can fix that quick enough!

Consider Placement Before Installing

Before installing your acoustic panels wherever you feel like it, it’s important to think about placement. Acoustic panel placement can alter how effective the panel is at improving acoustics. Byputting your acoustic panels in the right places, you can further enhance your room’s acoustics.

Get Installing!

Acoustic wall panels don’t normally require professional fitters, most of the panels we offer can be installed even by complete amateurs. However, if you do need advice on installing your acoustic panels, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our sales team!