I have 8 4ft x 2ft acoustic panels that I want to place in my room. However, I can't hang them on the walls. I had an idea to just mount a long shelf that spans the 8ft across the wall. I would duplicate this shelf on the other side of room so that I can do 4 panels per side. My main question is this; by mounting these 2 long shelves am I creating more sound (acoustic?) boundaries that will significantly affect the sound of the room? Am I better off trying to find another way to hang the panels?
Edit: Sorry, to be more precise, my room is a rectangle. These shelves would be placed along the longer length walls (left and right side of room).
1. Are you planning on orienting them lengthwise near the ceiling/wall corner or vertically in the center of the walls at ear height?
2. Are your panels designed for bass corner traps or wide band RFZ absorbers?
3. can you give details on your panel construction?
I think you're right about questioning if shelves will create additional boundaries. If possible, you should avoid them (extra boundaries) and you should be able to devise a better solution. If I had a better idea of the construction of your panels I might be able to give you some ideas but in general, instead of setting them on a shelf, what if you set them on shelf brackets ONLY (without the shelves)?