Suspended Ceilings- What are these and how to install one
Are you moving to a completely new house or are you tired of the old? Whichever it is, in order to feel at home, you often have to make your house look like one. It may be your favorite color, curtain, furniture, or a roof in this case that makes your house feel like your home.
Are you thinking about doing something to the ceiling? Other than painting it to a color you want, a great option would be to install a suspended ceiling. You can even install the ceiling yourself. Let’s find out what it is and how you can install one.
What is a suspended ceiling?
Suspended ceilings are secondary ceilings right under the primary or structural concrete ceiling above. There lies a gap between the lower surface of the structural ceiling and the top surface of the suspended ceiling. This is why you will find people calling suspended ceilings dropped or false ceilings as well.
Why choose Suspended ceiling?
There are a few benefits that suspended ceilings offer that you may like. Let’s check them out.
- Suspended ceilings hide the wires and other necessary things that go into the functionality of a building. Wires and other things that you may like to keep away from your guest’s eyes are well hidden in the gap between the two ceilings.
- With time the demand for suspended ceilings has increased and you will find quite a variety to choose from. In fact, we are sure that you will find a design, color, or texture that perfectly suits your aesthetic needs.
- Not only are suspended ceilings affordable but they also block sound to a great extent.
How to Install a suspended ceiling?
You will find it quite engaging and easy to install your own suspended ceiling. Yes, you won’t even need a beginner, mechanic, or architect to do it for you. You just have to be discrete in your measurements and have some basic tools at your house. The ceiling tiles are something you have to buy from outside.
- Check if your house is compatible with a suspended ceiling.
You do not require a lot to install a suspended ceiling. However, you have to have this one thing to install one. Apparently, the most important consideration when installing a suspended ceiling is whether the structural ceiling is high enough to accommodate a suspended ceiling without causing any problem below.
After measuring the height of the room, you have to decide on the gap between the structural ceiling and the suspended ceiling. Keep in mind that the gap must be at least 4 inches in height.
- Draw the perimeter.
The next step is to draw the perimeter of the ceiling with white or black chalk. You have to use a scale and you will have to keep the height accurate throughout the whole perimeter. In fact, you have to draw the joists of the structural ceiling as well. This will, later on, act as a guide for the grid of your suspended ceiling.
- Draw the grid on a paper.
After drawing the perimeter and the joists, you have to draw the grid on a paper. In this case, you will have to measure the length and width of each of the grids for the panels. You will see that the corners will not always match the size of the other grids, in this case, you will have to find panels that fit the size.
With the grid drawn on the paper, you go to the store.
- Get the panels and other materials.
When you go to the store you have to first select the type of panel you want. You can select from various materials like mineral fiber, plasterboard, metal, etc. Choose the color and texture you want as well.
Then, you just give your drawn grid to the dealer and he will find the right panels for you along with wall angles, main runners, and cross tees. Along with tho9se, he will supply you with partial panels that will fit in.
- Install the Wall Bracket.
The base of the suspended ceiling is basically the wall bracket. You have already marked the perimeter of the ceiling so you just have to nail the wall bracket into place. While doing so keep the ‘L’ shape facing the center of the room.
- Install the Main Runner and Cross Tees.
While you have to keep the long panels parallel to the ceiling joists you have already marked, the main runners are installed perpendicular to the joists. You will have to place them apart following the size of the panels and how you have originally planned to place them. You attach the main runners to the grid system by passing hanger wires through the screw eyes.
You have to palace the cross tees in the same way as you have planned on the grid draft. Then, you have to attach them to other parts of the grid firmly by the hanger wires through the screw eyes. Tie them up firmly so that they can take the weight of the panels.
After you are done, you will find the cross tees and main runners placed just like in the grid image you drew.
- Place the Panels.
For small rooms, you will find 2X2 feet panels and for the larger ones 2X4 feet ones. You have bought the tiles of the panels. Now, in order to put them in place, you will have to tilt the tile, get them through the grid, and then straighten it to let the wall bracket hold it properly.
This is it; you are done installing your suspended ceiling. Except for some accurate measurement work, a bit of nailing, and threading the runners and cross tees in place, you do not have to do any difficult task. It does not even require a lot of skills. So, you can now happily choose the right panel tiles for yourself, buy the gear, and get to work!