Suspended ceilings are a smart alternative to drywall in some areas of your home, such as the basement, where you want to have easy access to what might be hidden above, such as duct work or pipes.
But sticking with basic ceiling tiles is best left for an office or school. Your home deserves something better. Replacing these with metal ceiling tiles will provide an instant upgrade to your space with minimal effort.
Most traditional suspended ceiling grids are set up for two-foot-by-four-foot tiles. Because most metal ceiling tiles come as six, twelve, or twenty-four-inch squares, you will need additional parts when making the conversion in your home.
There are a few simple steps you can follow that will give your room a look you can enjoy for years to come:
Choose your design.
The options here are endless. If you have a standard two-foot-by-four-foot grid system, your best solution will be to use two-foot square metal tiles to replace your old ones. Choose tiles designed for a drop-in installation or avoid those with a deep embossed design. If the design is too close to the edge of the tile, it will create an unappealing gap between the tile surface and the grid.
Determine tile needs.
Count how many tiles are currently in your ceiling and double that number since there will now be two tiles in each space. If tiles need to be cut, consider buying a few extra in case you make a cutting mistake. You will also need to purchase one grid divider for every tile you remove.
With tiles in hand, simply lift them into place, using a grid divider between each tile. In a few hours, your room will have a dramatic new design. For added impact, look for products to cover the existing grid that will match your new tiles or provide a contrast for a real pop. If you need to cut tiles, measure accurately and wear gloves, as the edges will be sharp.
With the right tools and a well-planned technique, replacing your ceiling with quality metal tiles can transform any room in your house.