Installing Acoustic Foam

Grey acoustic foam
  • 3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 120-180
What You'll Need
Acoustic foam
Tape measure
Wall paneling or cardboard sheets
Hand saw
Electric carving knife
Foam tack/tube tack
Tacks and Tack hammer
Safety goggles
Dust mask

Acoustic foam is used not only for sound and recording studios, but it is also an ideal noise insulation component for a normal room. If you want to turn your living room or bedroom into a complete, state of the art home theater package, then installing sound insulating foam will produce the best results.

Sound waves bounce off on any hard surface, including walls. Acoustic foam absorbs these sound waves to produce a better sound. The soundproofing properties will also ensure that your neighbors will always have a restful sleep. Follow these the easy steps to install acoustic foam on your walls.

Step 1 - Take Accurate Measurements of the Wall

Use a tape measure to take careful measurements of your wall. You may opt not to put acoustic foam on the ceiling, but doing so will produce the best results, both in terms of sound quality and sound deadening capabilities. Measure the overall height and width of your room to determine the amount of acoustic foam that is needed for the job.

Step 2 - Cut the Cardboard or Wall Panels to Size

Use a hand saw to cut the cardboard or wall panels according to the dimensions of your room. Divide each side of the wall into multiple panels for ease of installation. A modestly sized wall can be divided into four to six panels per side. Cut the cardboard or wall panel according to size. The acoustic foam will be attached to each cardboard panel for easy installation. Doing so will also allow you to remove the acoustic foam without damaging the walls in your room.

Step 3 - Cut the Acoustic Foam

Unroll or unwrap the acoustic foam and use an electric carving knife to cut the foam to the size of each cardboard panel.

WARNING: Wear safety goggles and a dust mask as you cut the foam.

Step 4 - Attach the Foam to the Panel

Apply a liberal amount of foam tack or tube tack to the entire back of the foam and attach it to the cardboard panel. Foam tack is specifically formulated to be used on foam products and other sound deadening applications. Remember to put a moderate amount of foam tack or tube tack on the entire back side of the foam to prevent sagging. Let the glue dry for at least two hours before proceeding.

Step 5 - Nail the Panels to the Wall

Using the tack hammer, nail each panel to the wall. Nail only the edges of each panel to facilitate easy removal in the future. Start at the bottom or top corner of each wall and work your way from there. You may need to adjust the size of the panel to fit a particular corner of the room. You can use the electric carving knife to cut the panels accordingly.

You may then test the sound insulating properties of your room. Acoustic foam can be purchased at the nearest hardware or home improvement center.