A suspended ceiling can be very simple or fancy, but will always be a low cost ceiling that is easy to install. Ceilings that are hung from above provide easy access to your utilities such as plumbing, heating, and electrical services.  One of the reasons commercial buildings use suspended ceilings is for the ease of running service lines such as computer wires, electrical, and plumbing lines to various places. Your home, or home office will benefit from the same flexibility and easy access.


A large variety of suspended ceiling materials are available that can give you the finished look you desire. There are fancy embossed tiles, some with recessed supporting grids, and of course the popular 2'x4' smooth tiles. Our project installed a 2' x 4' grid with the popular sound absorbing tile.  



Step 1.   Determine the distance down from the ceiling you want (or need ) your finished ceiling to be.  Keep in mind such obstructions as plumbing pipes as shown in Figure 1. Measure down from the ceiling in the corners using the measurement you determined would clear obstructions such as plumbing pipes.  

Step 2.  Snap chalk lines from corner to corner. This line will be the top of the L shaped wall rail. When you mount the wall rail with the chalk line along the top of the rail, none of the chalk will show in the room below, yet you will have a straight ceiling.

Step 3.  Fasten perimeter rails to the wall with short nails or screws in each stud

Note:  To have 2'x4' panels you can purchase 2' long cross pieces or 4' long cross pieces. If you have 2' long cross piece your main runners (T shaped grid piece, 12 feet long)  will be spaced 2' apart with the cross pieces installed every 4'.  If you have 4' long cross piece your main runners will be 4 ' apart with the cross pieces installed every 2'.   Main runners can be snapped together (end to end) for rooms longer than 12'.
Step 4.  Install main runners as described fastening securely to the ceiling above with hanger wire. Install cross pieces 2' or 4 ' apart, snapping into the sides of the main runners.

Step 5.  Install tiles from above, making sure they fall completely down into the grid work. 

Step 6.  Install lights and HVAC registers as needed.  Fluorescent light kits can be purchased that drops into the ceiling grid work.  This greatly simplifies the task of providing light to your new room.



Below are some examples of tiles with more distinctive edge patterns to give your ceiling a look that that will have people calling you an interior decorator !


Suspended ceilings offer many advantages such as reasonable cost, easy reparability in case of damage, fast finish, and great accessibility.   With such a large variety of design choices on the market, you should consider some of the decorator styles available for your home office or special room. See below for a link to our page where we show you the "most unusual" ceilings we have come across.




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