Acoustic Panels

HSM designs, installs, and maintains acoustic panel systems in a wide variety of commercial locations.

Acoustic panels significantly improve employee comfort and satisfaction, and quality of life.  They do so by preventing sounds from echoing against hard surfaces such as drywall and glass.

What are Acoustic Panels?


Acoustic panels are materials designed to absorb sound and reduce noise, echo, and reverberation in a room. They are commonly used in environments where controlling sound is essential, such as recording studios, offices, theaters, and home entertainment spaces. Here’s a detailed description of acoustic panels:

Types of Acoustic Panels

  1. Absorptive Panels:
    • Made from materials that absorb sound waves to reduce reflections and reverberations.
    • Commonly constructed from foam, fabric-wrapped fiberglass, or mineral wool.
  2. Diffusive Panels:
    • Designed to scatter sound waves in different directions to create a more even sound distribution.
    • Often made from wood or plastic with irregular surfaces.
  3. Bass Traps:
    • Specialized panels designed to absorb low-frequency sound waves (bass).
    • Usually placed in corners where bass frequencies tend to accumulate.

Materials Used

  1. Foam:
    • Lightweight and easy to install.
    • Available in various densities and thicknesses to absorb different frequencies.
  2. Fiberglass:
    • High-density material with excellent sound absorption properties.
    • Typically wrapped in fabric to enhance aesthetics and safety.
  3. Mineral Wool:
    • Similar to fiberglass in terms of absorption capabilities.
    • Heavier and more rigid, often used in more permanent installations.
  4. Wood:
    • Used in diffusive panels to scatter sound waves.
    • Can be aesthetically pleasing and customizable in design.
  5. Fabric:
    • Used as a covering for fiberglass or mineral wool panels.
    • Available in various colors and textures to match room decor.

Installation Methods

  1. Wall Mounting:
    • Acoustic panels can be mounted directly on walls using adhesive strips, clips, or brackets.
    • Placement is critical to maximize sound absorption and control reflections.
  2. Ceiling Mounting:
    • Panels can be suspended from ceilings or integrated into drop ceilings.
    • Helps to control sound in large or open spaces where wall space is limited.
  3. Freestanding Panels:
    • Portable panels that can be moved and repositioned as needed.
    • Ideal for temporary setups or areas where wall mounting is not feasible.

Benefits of Acoustic Panels

  1. Sound Absorption:
    • Reduce echo and reverberation, improving speech clarity and overall sound quality.
    • Essential in recording studios, conference rooms, and home theaters.
  2. Noise Reduction:
    • Decrease the amount of noise that travels between rooms or spaces.
    • Enhance privacy and reduce distractions in offices and shared environments.
  3. Aesthetic Appeal:
    • Available in various colors, shapes, and designs to complement interior decor.
    • Can be customized with printed graphics or logos for a personalized touch.
  4. Versatility:
    • Suitable for various applications, including residential, commercial, and industrial spaces.
    • Can be used to treat specific acoustic issues or to enhance overall sound quality.


  1. Recording Studios:
    • Control sound reflections and reverberation to create a clean recording environment.
    • Use a combination of absorptive panels, bass traps, and diffusers.
  2. Home Theaters:
    • Enhance audio quality by reducing echoes and improving sound clarity.
    • Panels can be strategically placed on walls and ceilings.
  3. Offices:
    • Reduce noise and improve speech intelligibility in open-plan offices, conference rooms, and call centers.
    • Panels can be integrated into partitions or mounted on walls and ceilings.
  4. Educational Facilities:
    • Improve acoustics in classrooms, lecture halls, and auditoriums.
    • Enhance the learning environment by reducing noise and echo.
  5. Commercial Spaces:
    • Improve customer experience in restaurants, retail stores, and hotels.
    • Use panels to create a more pleasant acoustic environment.


Acoustic panels are essential tools for controlling sound in various environments. They come in different types and materials, each designed to address specific acoustic challenges. Proper selection and installation of acoustic panels can significantly enhance sound quality, reduce noise, and improve the overall acoustic environment.


How much do Acoustic Panels Cost?

The cost of acoustic panels can vary widely based on factors such as material, size, design, and brand. Here’s a breakdown of the typical costs for different types of acoustic panels:

1. Basic Foam Panels

  • Cost: $20 – $50 per panel
  • Description: These are usually made of polyurethane foam and come in various shapes and sizes, such as pyramid, wedge, or egg crate designs. They are commonly used in home studios and small rooms for basic sound absorption.

2. Fabric-Wrapped Panels

  • Cost: $50 – $200 per panel
  • Description: These panels consist of a rigid fiberglass or foam core wrapped in fabric. They provide better sound absorption than basic foam panels and are often used in professional studios, offices, and home theaters.

3. Bass Traps

  • Cost: $50 – $300 each
  • Description: Bass traps are designed to absorb low-frequency sounds and are typically placed in the corners of a room. They are often made of denser materials like mineral wool or fiberglass and may be wrapped in fabric.

4. Diffusers

  • Cost: $50 – $300 each
  • Description: Diffusers scatter sound waves to reduce echoes and improve sound quality. They are often made of wood, plastic, or foam and come in various designs and patterns.

5. Custom or Designer Panels

  • Cost: $200 – $500+ per panel
  • Description: These panels are tailored to specific aesthetic and acoustic requirements. They can be custom-sized, shaped, and finished with different fabrics or artwork to match the decor of a space.

6. Acoustic Ceiling Tiles

  • Cost: $2 – $10 per square foot
  • Description: These tiles are used in suspended ceiling systems to provide sound absorption. They are typically made of mineral fiber, fiberglass, or other sound-absorbing materials.

Example Cost Breakdown for a Medium-Sized Room

To give you a clearer picture, here’s an example cost breakdown for treating a medium-sized room (approximately 200 square feet) with a combination of different types of panels:

  1. Basic Foam Panels:
    • Quantity: 20 panels
    • Cost per panel: $30
    • Total cost: $600
  2. Fabric-Wrapped Panels:
    • Quantity: 10 panels
    • Cost per panel: $100
    • Total cost: $1,000
  3. Bass Traps:
    • Quantity: 4 traps
    • Cost per trap: $150
    • Total cost: $600
  4. Diffusers:
    • Quantity: 4 diffusers
    • Cost per diffuser: $200
    • Total cost: $800

Total Estimated Cost: $3,000

Factors Affecting Cost

  1. Material Quality:
    • Higher quality materials generally cost more but offer better sound absorption and durability.
  2. Size and Thickness:
    • Larger and thicker panels provide better sound absorption but are more expensive.
  3. Custom Designs:
    • Custom-sized panels or those with special finishes (e.g., fabric patterns, artwork) will cost more.
  4. Brand and Manufacturer:
    • Established brands and manufacturers may charge a premium for their products.


The cost of acoustic panels can range from $20 for basic foam panels to $500 or more for custom or designer panels. The total cost for treating a room will depend on the size of the room, the type and number of panels needed, and the specific acoustic requirements. It’s important to balance cost with the quality and effectiveness of the panels to achieve the desired acoustic results.