A step-by-step guide for false ceiling installation

False ceilings are increasingly being incorporated into modern architecture since they not only lend aesthetic value, but also create visual depth and layers. False ceilings are often known as dropped ceilings as they are literally dropped or hung from the main ceiling. One of the main functions of false ceilings is to conceal wiring, air conditioner ducts and so on. Such ceilings can also be used to delicately divide a large space into intimate sections without building walls. False ceilings accompanied with cove lighting can take the look of any space, be it your living room, bedroom, or dining area, to a whole new level too.

False ceilings can be designed in a number of ways. The most common materials used to build a false ceiling are gypsum sheets or pre fabricated panels. Apart from these, wood panels are also often used to create such ceilings.  You can install false ceilings on your own, or hire a professional if you are not very confident of managing things yourself. In either case, it will help you to be aware of the process of installing a false ceiling. Go through our step by step tutorial for a clearer insight.

Decorative ceilings

There are two main ways of installing a false ceiling in your room. With the first method, the false ceiling panels are installed directly on the beams. To do this, you must first build a wooden frame of regularly spaced parallel beams. Since the roof beams may be of varying heights; change the height of the frame beams accordingly. The end result should be a frame that has a uniform base level. Once this is done, screw on the ceiling panels to the wooden framework. Take care to ensure that there are no gaps between the panels.

Sometimes you may want to install the false ceiling in such a way, that the area between the false ceiling and the actual ceiling of the house can be accessed. In such cases, you will need to suspend the false ceiling.

7The wooden frame along the ceiling will need to be now duplicated below the wooden struts. Use a laser level to mark the bottom height of the wooden struts along the wall. if you do not have a laser level, you could also use a cord and spirit level. Measure and cut wooden beams of equal thicknesses to the length of the room. Fix this framework to the bottom of the struts and also to the walls. This will ensure that your false ceiling has a sturdy base. If you are planning to install lights as part of your false ceiling, you should plan the wiring and light points at this stage.

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