Do you want to know how to hang acoustic foam without damaging walls? We have just the right solutions for you.
While acoustic foam is one of the most effective materials for eliminating echoes and background noise, always be careful when installing to avoid ruining the walls.
The last thing you want is to drive nails through walls in a rental property.
Below is a detailed guide to help you hang your acoustic foams without altering or damaging the walls.
Why You Should Consider Acoustic Foam
As highlighted above, acoustic foam is an excellent material if you want to improve the acoustics in your space.
It’s also one of the most affordable sound absorbing materials on the market today.
It does a good job of making your space less echoey.
It is also cheap, making it affordable even if you are on a tight budget.
You can buy acoustic foam panels on Amazon, Home Depot, or a convenience store near you.
Foam panels come in a wide range of colors, so you can choose panels in a shade that matches your décor.
The material is also light and easy to hang on walls.
On the downside, these panels are a fire hazard.
They are also not as effective in absorbing noise, so you might want to go for other products if you need a sound-absorbing material.
How To Hang Acoustic Foam Without Damaging Walls
If you’re sure that acoustic foam panel is the right sound deadening material you want, then follow the below guide to help you hang it DIY.
1. Use Command Strips
While these strips are commonly used to hang pictures, there is no reason why you cannot use them to hang acoustic foam.
Something like Command Clear Variety Kit command strips will get the job done in no time.
The strips will easily stick on any smooth surface and will adequately hold the foam in place.
Since command strips leave no residue on your wall, they are a great choice for those living on rental properties.
You just remove the strips to take down your foam panels, leaving the walls as good as they were initially.
Command strips are readily available online. They are also easy to use and do a great job of holding relatively heavy pieces in position.
Just ensure that the wall is free of dirt or any other substance that may interfere with the strip’s adhesive.
In case the panel doesn’t fit, you can use an electric carving knife to cut it.
A curving knife gives a smooth cut that you may not achieve with a regular knife.
2. Get Adhesive Squares
Just like Command Strips, adhesive squares do not leave any residue.
The perfect and most recommend square for this purpose is the 3M Scotch Create Adhesive Squares.
However, you need to prepare the surface right if you want to use these squares to hang acoustic foam.
Below is a simple process to follow when using adhesive squares.
· Clean the surface
Isopropyl or denatured alcohol works great in this case.
After, use a rag or paper towel to wipe the alcohol off the wall.
Do not use common cleaners as their ingredients may affect the way adhesive squares work.
Also, allow some time for the wall to dry completely.
· Apply the adhesive squares
Once the surface is clean and dry, remove the paper liner on each adhesive square and stick each on the desired surface.
Apply some pressure for 30 seconds to a minute to ensure that the square is correctly stuck on the wall surface.
· Remove the top liner on the adhesive square and stick the foam panels
Now that the adhesive squares are well secured, you can install your foam panels.
Just remove the paper liner on the top and carefully place your foam panels
The number of adhesive squares to use will depend on the size of foam panels.
One-inch panels will need two squares for every panel, while 3-inch varieties will need four adhesive squares.
3. Use Adhesive Spray
While the adhesive spray does not cause damage to a standard wall, you may want to stay away from it when dealing with textured surfaces and walls with wallpaper.
I would highly recommend Gorilla 6301502 Spray Adhesive that’s compatible with leather, wood, metal, glass and of course acoustic material.
Before applying the adhesive spray, first mark the area where you plan to hang the foam panels using masking tape.
Then use denatured alcohol to clean the surface and a dry rug to wipe any liquid left.
To protect the rest of your area, use newspaper to cover the surface as you spray.
Also, ensure that the room is about 20 degrees Celsius or thereabout when installing the panels.
For best results, apply some of the adhesive spray to the back of the foam panels.
Press the panels against the wall for a few seconds to allow some time for the spray to dry.
4. Make Your Foam Panels Reusable
If you a recorder and relocate a lot, you may want to make your foam panels reusable.
This way, you don’t have to buy new ones every time you move to a new house.
The easiest way to make reusable foam panels is by sticking them on cardboard.
When relocating, you will just remove the cardboard and reinstall it in your new home.
You can use acoustic glue to stick the foam panels to the cardboard.
Let the glue dry for a few hours and ensure that each panel is securely stuck on the cardboard surface before mounting.
With this method, you also get to hang acoustic foam without damaging the wall.
You can let the foam overlap the cardboard so that it is not visible after installation. Command strips will hold your cardboard-mounted foam panels in position.
All you need to do is press the cardboard to the wall for around 10 seconds.
Acoustic Foam Panels Alternatives
If acoustic panels don’t offer, he beauty or simply the effectiveness you’d want, then below are some of my most recommended alternatives/complements.
Final Thought on Hanging Acoustic Foam
Acoustic foam panels can make all the difference where the sound quality in your home theater/ space is concerned.
If you are a recorder, these panels are worth considering if echoes are a bother.
However, for the panels to work, you must install them right.
The above steps will guide you on how to hang acoustic foam without damaging walls.
You are free to choose whichever method appeals to you.
The three methods will not leave any marks on the walls as long as you follow the instructions and only use the recommended adhesive materials.