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DIY Glue-On Acoustic Ceiling Panels

Acoustic ceiling panels are square tiles consisting of various materials and designs that serve to absorb sound in a room. These tiles are most often located in noisy public areas and office buildings, but work well in residential homes as well. While some acoustic panels have a support structure, others simply glue to the ceiling. Gluing the ceiling panels on yourself is not complex, but is awkward since you must work at ceiling height.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Ceiling panel glue or acoustical surfaces adhesive
  • Caulking gun
  • Utility knife
  • Tape measure
  • Screws (optional)
  • Washers (optional)
  • Screwdriver (optional)
  • Table saw (optional)
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    • 1

      Position a ladder in one corner of the room where you will start installing the acoustic ceiling panels.

    • 2

      Cut off a 1/4-inch section from the end of a tube of acoustical surfaces adhesive. Insert the tube into a caulking gun to aid in application.

    • 3

      Turn one of the acoustic ceiling panels over, with the finished side facing down. Examine the back of the panel for an arrow, which indicates the panel has a pattern on it. If arrows are present, ensure they all point in the same direction when you install the panels.

    • 4

      Squeeze the trigger of the caulking gun to apply a 1/4-inch-wide bead of caulk around the perimeter of the panel. Create an “X” of adhesive in the center of the panel.

    • 5

      Pick up the panel carefully and carry it up the ladder. Position the panel, glue side up, in the corner of the ceiling and press it firmly with your hands to secure the adhesive to the ceiling. Hold the panel in place for 20 to 30 seconds.

    • 6

      Climb back down the ladder and apply adhesive to another ceiling panel. Climb back up the ladder, press the second panel up to the ceiling and hold it in place until it is secure.

    • 7

      Continue installing all of the remaining ceiling panels in the same way until you reach the last row.

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      Hold another ceiling panel up in the last open space to see if it fits without requiring cutting. If cutting is required, measure the installation area with a tape measure and transfer the measurement onto the back of the ceiling panel using a pencil. Cut along the pencil line using a utility knife or a table saw.