Acoustic Foam VS. Walls

The first question that needs to be asked when applying any sort of foam acoustic soundproofing materials to your studio walls is whether your living space is permanent or temporary. I would ALWAYS assume temporary as an insurance purpose

There are two solutions to putting up acoustical treatment in terms of foam for sound absorption.

  1. Direct application to the wall
  2. Nailed into the wall

I would almost always recommend using T-Pins for hanging up foam such as Auralex because what could be a permanent house can be sold at some point. This will save a lot of headache because I have made the mistake of using spray adhesive to hang up foam and it ended up ruining my walls while tearing up some of the panels.

Renters will definitely want to use T-Pins for Foam application. This will be dependent n the walls - wood and concrete spaces will need to have a cork board to hang up with nails in order to hang up foam.

What you will need:

  1. T-pins (Very cheap)
  2. A small hammer
  3. Pliers (Optional to prevent bending of T-pins)

The T-pins are so small that do not make holes when pulled out of the foam.

You can also sharpie the outside of the T-pins that match the foam ,so that it is not visible. Here are some pictures:

HOW NOT TO RUIN WALLS IF RENTING. I was trying to find the best ways in order to hang up foam on my walls while renting an apartment. The saying goes that you should learn from other’s mistakes in order to lead your own. I found a really good method of utilizing pins to hang up the foam on walls - Make sure you measure out how thick the piece of foam is and find a color similar to the tip - you can also tuck them underneath each other if that works better. You don’t want the pins to show for ascetic purposes. Here are some videos of what I am talking about in the execution of these. I contacted the Auralex company before and they recommended (of course) their own products first - I got the sticky EZ tab which were way overpriced and I did a trial rub with their spray. I did it on cardboard and watched youtube videos to see how it would react with my walls by cutting off a small piece - It ruined the back of the foam while tearing it off. I would definitely take the foam approach to putting these up. Hard to push these in with fingers you will need a hammer. Hold in the center of T-Pin so it does not bend and hit gently.

For ascetic purposes you don’t want them curving in - I put silly putty that is black on the out edges if it did that and I colored the T-pins in black sharpie cover up the ends. It’s important as well to level them out- You can Eyeball it or get a leveler with tape. Pin it near the edges but not too close to the edge ,so the foam does not curve in. Ceiling foam application may sag down so you will have to try a couple of times to get it correct.