Acoustic Ceiling Panel Installation Instructions: Drywall Ceiling

The following instructions describe the installation procedure for mounting panels on a drywall ceiling. Refer to the ceiling panel mounting details for drywall ceilings while reading these instructions. If the panels are being installed on a ceiling that is not drywall, refer to the appropriate version of the instructions and mounting details. If panels are being installed in a high impact location such as a gymnasium, refer to the appropriate version of these instructions.

Required Supplies/Materials: Required Tools/Equipment:
  • Acoustic Ceiling Panels - Included
  • Studs and fabric covered buttons - Included
  • #8 wood screws (2.5” or 3" for 1” panels and 3.5” or 4" for 2” panels) - Included
  • UCAN Nylon Toggle Anchors - Included
  • Actuator pin for toggle anchors - Included
  •  Tape Measure/Laser Measuring Tool
  • Level/Laser Level
  • Drills and Bits
  • Hammer
  • Button installation tool - Included
  • Vacuum with Horsehair Duster Brush
  • Lift/Scaffold/Ladders
  • White Gloves for Handling Panels

Note: Additional materials and tools may be required in certain situations.

1. Handle panels with care as edges will not withstand high point loads like personnel carrying panels vertically with one hand supporting the bottom of the panel. Always wear clean white gloves when handling panels to keep the fabric clean.

2. Take time to determine your panel layout on the ceiling to confirm that panels will fit in the desired locations. Keep in mind that the check marks on the back of the panels should all be pointing in the same direction when the panels are installed.

3.  Hold the panel up in position and use it as a template to mark the holes on the ceiling. This should be done by two people regardless of panel size to ensure the panel does not move while marking the holes. Always use the same panel you will be installing and ensure it is oriented correctly in case there are slight differences between panels. Do not attempt to mark the locations of the holes on the ceiling using a tape measure. This may cause some of the holes in the ceiling to be misaligned with the holes in panel, which can cause the screws to miss the anchors. 

4. Set the panel aside and drill the marked holes on the ceiling using a 3/8” diameter bit. For the first panel in each room/area, confirm the drywall thickness and make sure it is appropriate for the toggle anchors. If there are multiple layers of drywall, a different type of anchor will be required. Contact for additional instructions.

5. Install the toggle anchors into the holes. Use the black actuator pin included with the anchors to ensure the anchor is properly actuated behind the drywall. The pin should go all the way in and should come out with little resistance if the anchor actuates properly. It is critical to ensure the anchors actuate properly because if they do not, the weight of the panel can pull them out. If you are in doubt as to whether the anchors have actuated properly, put a screw into the anchor and try to pull it out.

6. Feed screws with studs on them through the holes in the panels. Use the size of screws listed above in the required supplies/materials section above.

7. Position your lift/ladders/scaffold so your head is as close as possible to the ceiling. Lift the panels into place and visually line up the screws with the anchors. Use the longer of the recommended screws sizes if it is difficult to see the screws. This step should be done by two people regardless of panel size.

8. Slowly thread the screws into the anchors. Do this slowly and with the smooth portion of the shank against the fabric to avoid having the threads catch on the fabric. Also be careful that the drill bit does not jump off of the screw and into the panel. Tighten the screws until the panel is held tight against the ceiling. Do not tighten the screws so much that they crush the fiberglass.

9. Slide the button installation tool behind the stud as shown in the mounting detail drawing. If it does not slide in easily, the screw may have to be loosened slightly. Snap the button on and then slide the button installation tool out.