Suspended ceilings give a place a homey feeling by dropping the ceiling’s height a few more centimeters. This gives the sensation that the area is cozier and warmer. Suspended ceilings are also a great tool to mask carpentry or architectural mistakes. The simple steps below will guide you on how to do this home project on your own.
- Installing some panels in a grid position. Your very first step, once you’ve decided where you want to place your suspended ceiling exactly, is to put some panels which should be in a grid-like position at the end of your ceiling matching the end of the stairs.
- Placing your tracks. Next would be to place an L-shaped track to the spot directly over the edge of your staircase. You would then need to place a second L-shaped track that is the same level of the other parts of the suspended ceiling in the house. The ends of these two free floating tracks must be attached to your walls. If you find it that one of the ends are up against a wall, cut a V shape in that bottom so that it fits nicely to the wall.
- Screwing them to the wall. Your bent parts of the track should now be screwed against the wall. Trim the pieces of your upside down T track and secure them in place with the use of snap junctions. Make them as close to the grid as possible.
- Riveting the pieces. You can also rivet your pre-cut pieces on to your L-shaped track. Your grid pieces that are positioned vertically should also be riveted.
- Making suspended ceilings extend to the stairway. You can do this type of design by making two ceilings and figuring out how to join them together. The ceiling for your stairs is essentially the same only that it will go up in angle. Armed with a tape measure, set the height of the ceiling that you want both at the top and at the bottom of the stairs. Connect these two points and repeat the instructions on installation of the L-shaped track.
- Inverting your T track. For cases where you want to put a ceiling near the stairs from the very beginning, then you would need to start with an upside down T track. Rivet your T track to your L-shaped track on both sides of your walls starting at the base of your stairs. Your grid will be built up from this point onwards over your stairs.
It would be best if you have someone else do this project with you since measuring and installation often needs more than just one pair of hands. Make sure that the area that you are working on is secure and flat and if possible, inform people that will be using the stairs to avoid the area while you are concentrating on this project. This will help you finish on time and avoid unnecessary distractions which can be potentially costly. If possible, ask the help of a friend who has previous experience with similar installations.