Not all rooms are created equal and not all rooms are exactly square-shaped. While this might be more pleasing to the eye, it can cause renovation problems if the measurements are not done properly before installing metal ceiling tiles. This post will discuss how to measure different rooms and how to best decide how many of the chosen tile will be needed to complete the project.
Before starting, pick out at least one tile you like for the ceiling based on appeal and needs and decide which room it will be used in. Here are a few parameters to consider when installing ceiling tile:
- The design or pattern of the tile
- The number of light fixtures or ceiling fans that are present
- The actual size of the chosen tile
- Whether the ceiling is flat or raised
With this information at hand, it will be a lot easier to get the installation of the metal ceiling tiles underway.
For rooms that are square or rectangular in shape and without any indentations or concave surfaces, measuring your ceiling using length and width measurement will suffice. Avoid measuring along the walls in order to get a more precise measurement by finding the exact center of the room. To do this, measure across the room diagonally from each corner. Then measure across the room’s length and width through the middle to get those measurements. To ensure accuracy, take the measurement in inches rather than feet. To figure out the square footage, multiply the length by the width and divide by 144, which is the number of inches in a square foot.
For rooms that have a different shape, measure the same way mentioned above, but also measure the other parts of the room that lay outside the square and add it to the previous square footage. For instance, a bedroom with a reading nook that juts out from the main shape of the room would be measured as the bedroom and the nook separately, and then added together.
Figuring out the measurements of any ceiling fixtures will also be necessary in determining the installation of metal ceiling tiles. Measuring diameter can be done by clamping two framing squares together around a fixture or a column. Once the measurements of the room and the fixtures have been decided, contact Metal Ceiling Express to find out how many tiles and supplies you will need to finish the job.