Where should acoustic panels be placed

Since we already know acoustic panels cure all your acoustic treatment and soundproofing woes now it’s time to take a step up and learn how it can help you get your studio, home, and office sounding on point! It’s no less than a challenge to figure out where you lie in the spectrum of people who require acoustic treatment and what exactly you want to get rid of the issues. But the good news is, with our ‘acoustic placement guide’ you won’t be struggling to decide what you need to do and how to achieve it best.

So, here we have some rules of thumb which can help you maximize the acoustic performance of your room.

A general guide for acoustic panel placement

The first step to installing the perfect paneling in any room is knowing what you need. For example, if your goal for a bedroom or office space is an ambient environment with soft colors and high-quality acoustics; then having acoustic panels would be best, however, placement is another key factor that wholly affects the efficiency. Hence our expert’s installers advice to especially take care things like

  • Symmetry
  • Height
  • Reflection points
  • Spacing

Symmetry

Symmetry is one key factor, this sounds simple but it’s not an easy feat! Balancing the panels in space and placing the panels in a symmetrical position enhances a better stereo image. However, it is often a challenge because of multiple patterns and obstructions in a room – including windows, doors, AC vents, lights, exit signs, etc. So, where possible, remark on the primary symmetrical pattern, when there is an obstacle,  minimize the change in space between panels.

Set the height to ear level

Based on your purpose for the panel, height is an essential point to consider, placing them too high or too low can directly impact the effectiveness while leading to poor sound quality. So, the panels should be placed so that the center of the panel is nearly at eye/ear height. While positioning them well above eye level prevents any imperfections, or stains from the process of hanging them, it also increases the amount of time sound has to reach them.

Reflection point

In the case of home theater audio systems, it’s quite a unique challenge because they create most of the sound in your room rather than coming from outside. The speakers all fire together – from different spots around you instead of just one direction like outdoors or on stage. This calls for acoustic panels on the back wall so that there aren’t any weird echoes bouncing off walls and making everything muddy.

Apart from that, odd-shaped corners and shelves can also provide natural diffusion while helping to break up sound waves and reduce distortion. Thus, you can also take advantage of your settings to create natural diffusion while placing acoustic panels on the back wall for more enhanced acoustic.

Spacing between the panels

Spacing will be driven largely by the use case. If they are all placed in a single corner then this will probably be intuitive as only a small amount of waves will reach the point. This is why it is advised to spread the panels all across the room (no two parallel walls should be left untreated) so more sound waves can hit the panels.

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