Installing Ceiling Speakers With Blown Insulation: A Guideline

Ceiling Speakers

Introduction 

Ceiling speakers are a great addition to your home. It will certainly bring any space alive, whether it’s in your living room or in your attic. But installing them can be complicated when the ceiling in question has blown-in insulation.  

If you’re someone who has a blown-in insulation ceiling, you know how tricky it is. You don’t want to mess up the insulation during the installation process. Or it’ll call for more trouble and expense. 

Thus, while installing ceiling speakers with blown-in insulation you need to be careful. If you don’t know what to do, you might end up with the above-mentioned outcomes.

To make the process smoother, we came up with a detailed guideline for installing ceiling speakers with blown insulation.

If you are interested, then keep on reading!

Can You Install Ceiling Speakers With Blown Insulation?

Yes, you can. However, you must exercise caution when doing so. The most crucial step is to choose a location in your ceiling that does not interfere with any studs. 

To do so, you can use a stud finder. This way you will not damage the blown insulation inside the ceiling. 

If you end up damaging the blown insulation, you might have to replace it yourself. Or get a professional to do it.

3 Steps To Installing Ceiling Speakers With Blown Insulation 

Installing ceiling speakers on a ceiling with blown insulation can be difficult. You don’t want to mess up with the layout behind the ceiling. So, it’s always wise to be careful about what you’re doing. 

For a swift installation experience, we noted down every step of the process in detail below. 

Tools You’ll Need

You will be needing these materials to install ceiling speakers with blown insulation.

  • Stud finder
  • Drywall saw
  • Pencil
  • Speaker template
  • Cardboard
  • Batting

Once you’ve got all these in hand, don’t waste any time. You should get onto setting up your ceiling speakers.

Step 1: Cut A Hole In The Ceiling

The first step in setting up your ceiling speaker is to find the right place in the ceiling. So that you can cut out a hole for your speaker to be installed in.

While picking a place, make sure that it doesn’t come in contact with any stud above the ceiling. To do so, knock on the ceiling a few times to understand the positioning of the stud. Or you could use a stud finder for more accuracy. 

After you find a place,  make a hole using a pencil. Or draw a circle equivalent to the size of your speaker. Some speaker manuals come with a template you can use to trace. If your speaker comes with one, make sure to use it for better accuracy. 

After you are done tracing, drill a hole to pass the wire. Then use a drywall saw to cut out the ceiling as per the tracing drawn on it. If you don’t have one, check out our recommendations below – 

Product
Klein Tools 31737 Folding Jab Saw / Drywall Saw, Hand Saw with...
IRWIN Tools ProTouch Drywall/Jab Saw (2014100)
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Klein Tools 31737 Folding Jab Saw / Drywall Saw, Hand Saw with...
IRWIN Tools ProTouch Drywall/Jab Saw (2014100)
Dimensions
1.45 x 1.74 x 11.87 inches
1.3 x 3 x 13.5 inches
Weight
8.6 ounces
3.2 ounces
Product
Klein Tools 31737 Folding Jab Saw / Drywall Saw, Hand Saw with...
Image
Klein Tools 31737 Folding Jab Saw / Drywall Saw, Hand Saw with...
Dimensions
1.45 x 1.74 x 11.87 inches
Weight
8.6 ounces
Product
IRWIN Tools ProTouch Drywall/Jab Saw (2014100)
Image
IRWIN Tools ProTouch Drywall/Jab Saw (2014100)
Dimensions
1.3 x 3 x 13.5 inches
Weight
3.2 ounces

While using the drywall saw, do it in an upward motion. Doing it sideways will not only be ineffective but will also damage the surrounding area. It’ll leave off an unsightly look that no one wants. 

Make sure that you don’t cut it out entirely. Leave out a small portion of the parameter of the circle uncut. Be sure not to damage the blown insulation at this stage.

It’s important that the cut-out drywall stays in place till you place the batting. 

Step 2: Create A Base For The Speaker

After cutting a hole, create a base for the speaker to be placed in. For that, you’ll need a slice of thick batting and a piece of heavy-duty cardboard. 

Take a slice of thick batting that’s at least 2 inches thick. Make sure it’s a bit larger than that hole you made. Then cut out a hole in the middle of the batting for the wire to fit through. The hole should be big enough to just fit through the wire. Now that you have the batting ready, push it through the hole and adjust it in your ceiling. 

This batting will act as a barrier between the insulation and the speaker. 

For more rigidity, use a cardboard piece and place it after the batting. The cardboard piece needs to be from a heavy-duty cardboard box. Cut out similar to the size of the hole. You can use the template from the manual to get a guideline for cutting it. 

Step 3: Place The Speaker 

Finally, it’s time to place your speaker on the ceiling. Carefully turn your speaker upside down and link the wire with your speaker. After that, directly place it over the hole and screw the joints with your ceiling using. 

Being careful at this point is a must. Because none of the joints are firmly fixed yet. So your speaker will drop to the ground if you don’t hold it in place properly. 

You may take the help of another person during this stage. Screw the joints properly so that the speaker doesn’t fall off. 

That’s it! You have now successfully installed your speaker on your ceiling with blown insulation 

FAQs

Question: Should you build a box for in-ceiling speakers?

Answer: You don’t need to however a backbox will improve your speaker experience. It will provide extra benefits like soundproofing, speaker protection, audio improvements, etc. 

Question: Do ceiling speakers get hot?

Answer: Yes, ceiling speakers do get hot. But it is very mild and very rarely leads to a big problem. 

Question: How many ceiling speakers do you need per room?

Answer: It is advised to use one pair of ceiling speakers for rooms larger than 3 meters x 3 meters, and two pairs of ceiling speakers for rooms larger than 5 meters x 5 meters for a more balanced tone.

Conclusion 

If you made it this far, give yourself a pat on your back. Now, you know how to install ceiling speakers with blown insulation

But if you still find it hard or confusing, you can always opt for professional help. Remember, it’s always better to be sure rather than damaging your product. 

We hope you found this article helpful. We did our best to describe each and every stage so that you could achieve the best installation possible.

Thank you for being patient and staying with us till the end. 

Derek Watson

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