How To Fit Ceiling Speakers

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Fitting ceiling speakers into your ceiling is a relatively simple task with some forward planning and the correct tools. Installed speakers look fantastic, save space, can sound great and are very sophisticated. 


Can you install ceiling speakers yourself?

Have a read through our guide and if the task seems like too much for you then fitting ceiling speakers will be a straight forward task for any handy man, electrician, AV installer or Diy competent person. If you know how to use tools such as a drill and a plasterboard saw then installing your ceiling speakers should be a straight forward job.


ceiling speaker template


All our ceiling speaker products include a cardboard template that can be used to draw your required cut out shape on your ceiling or wall. either square or circular depending on your chosen speaker.


ceiling speaker cut out


Ceiling speaker cutout holes can be cut with a good quality plasterboard saw or by using a ceiling speaker hole cutter. Both of these are available today in our tools departmentTo use a plasterboard saw drill holes first to form a starting location then carefully work your way around the line drawn on the ceiling. Be sure to support the cut out with your other hand towards the end of its cut to avoid any damage to the ceiling.


Plasterboard ceilings

In plasterboard ceilings with joists care should be taken to ensure that speakers are installed between the joists allowing enough room for the installed speaker. There are a few ways to do this. 

If you are already renovating a property and have access to the floorboards above the location of the proposed ceiling speakers this is the best time to cut your ceiling speaker holes and install any required cabling. Access to the ceiling cavity is easily achieved by lifting a floorboard above, if required. If cables are also being installed then this a great time to mark the position of your joists for future reference, or you could measure the distance from the corner of a room, or a window.


joist finder


If access to the floorboards is not possible the location of joists can be identified using an electric joist finder. Once the locations are identified the joist locations can be marked temporarily on the ceiling with chalk that brushes off when finished. Make a small hole in the centre of your proposed ceiling speaker cut out hole with a drill. Bend a right angle In an old wire coat hanger and by turning the coat hanger you can ensure clearance is available for your new ceiling speakers. Low cost pin hole camera are also available for this purpose if preferred. 


ceiling speaker test hole


Ceiling speaker hoods

Once your ceiling speaker cutout is prepared install an appropriate ceiling speaker hood as required, see our range of ceiling speaker hoods

ceiling speaker hood

Connect your speaker cable to your ceiling speaker and then tighten the speakers fixing screws whilst holding the speaker in place. Use only a hand screw driver for this purpose, not an electric screw driver, as these can over tighten easily and damage your speakers. 


Finishing off...

Connect your speakers cables to you chosen method of driving your speakers and enjoy.

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