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How to Install Acoustic Panels

How to Install Acoustic Panels

How to Install Acoustic Panels

Rotofast Anchoring Systems

Rotofast Snap-On Anchors (Drywall)

Rotofast Snap-On Anchors are the easiest and best way to install acoustic wall panels. The system can be used on walls or ceilings, is very sturdy, and looks great (concealed behind the acoustic panel). That's why we include 4 Rotofast Anchors free with every acoustic panel.

Here are the steps to installing Rotofast Snap-On Anchors in drywall:

  1. Measure and mark the wall where you want to install the Acoustic Pro™ fabric wrapped panel.
  2. Mark the orientation of the panel, so you remember which side faces up when installing on the wall.
  3. Screw the Rotofast Snap-On Anchors into the back of acoustic panel using the Rotofast driver tool. For our standard size panels, target 4 to 6 inches from each corner.
  4. Insert marking plugs into the Snap-On anchors.
  5. Line panel up in the desired location, ensuring that it's level. In most situations, this will be on the upper half of the wall like you'd install a picture frame. Then push panel against the wall to mark the anchor locations.
  6. Screw black ratchets to the wall at the marked locations (#8 screws recommended). The flat side should face the wall and the curved side should face out.
  7. Firmly push the fabric wrapped panels onto the ratchets to complete the install.

Rotofast Snap-On Anchors (Other Substrates)

Rotofast Snap-On Anchors are just about as easy to install in other substrates too. If you are mounting panels on block wall, concrete, wood, metal decking, or any other hard substrate where the plastic marking plugs can't make an indentation in the surface, the process changes a bit.

Just follow these steps to install Rotofast Snap-On Anchors in those harder substrate:

  1. Mark the orientation of the Acoustic Pro™ fabric wrapped panel, so you remember which side faces up when installing on the wall.
  2. Hold the acoustic panel up to the wall where you want to install it. Mark the corners.
  3. For our standard panels, we recommend installing the Rotofast system 4 to 6 inches from each corner. Make pilot holes at that location on the substrate.
  4. Screw black ratchets into the wall with the flat side facing the wall and curved side facing out (#8 screws recommended).
  5. Line panel up with the marks you made on the wall. In most situations, this will be on the upper half of the wall like you'd install a picture frame. Then push panel onto the black ratchets to make indentations in the back of the acoustic panel.
  6. Screw the Rotofast Snap-On Anchors into the back of the panel in the same spot as the indentations from the black ratchet.
  7. Line panel up in the desired location.
  8. Firmly push the fabric wrapped panel onto the ratchets to complete the install.

Rotofast Cloud Anchors (Ceilings Only)

Rotofast Cloud Anchors combine the simplicity of installing the Rotofast system with the ability to hang an acoustic panel from the ceiling. These anchors are included for free with Acoustic Pro™ Ceiling Cloud option. See below for basic steps to install the cloud anchor system:

  1. Turn the Rotofast Cloud Anchors to screw them into the back of the Acoustic Pro™ Ceiling Cloud until flush with the back of the panel. For our standard size panels, we recommend 4 to 6 inches from each corner.
  2. Attach your choice of hanging hardware. (wires, cables, chains)
  3. Hang the Acoustic Pro™ Ceiling Cloud from the ceiling.

Other Methods of Installing Acoustic Panels

For installations on metal or concrete, you can choose to use a water based panel adhesive instead of drilling holes with the Rotofast system. For panel adhesives, we prefer to use Loctite Power Grab or Liquid Nails.

For the standard size panels we have ready to ship, an adhesive is all you need to bond them to the wall. For larger (4’ x 8’ or bigger) or heavier panels that we custom-make, you’ll also need to use impaling clips to keep the panel in place until the adhesive fully sets. If you want your acoustic panels to come with impaling clips or to discuss other installation methods, give us a call.

Oh... and never use JUST adhesive for a ceiling install – you ALWAYS want some sort of mechanical fastener to secure the panel. Unless you’re eager to explain to your boss why gravity pulled the panel off the ceiling and dropped it on Grandma. Just don't do it.

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