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How to Install a Tin Ceiling

A tin ceiling with a unique design is a great way to complement any room.

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tin ceiling has unique design
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Decide on a Design

Get exact measurements of the room. Use special care in measuring odd shaped areas. Sketch out ceiling design on paper. 2x2 and 4x2 ceiling panels are most common.

Draw main T's 4' apart and each cross T should be 2' apart. Depending on room configuration, customized sizing may be required along room's edges.

Step 2: Attach the Screw Hooks

Use tin snips or a hacksaw to make size modifications to all main T's, cross T's and wall angles. Use suspension wire every four feet to help support weight of ceiling by attaching small screw hooks to floor joists above drop ceiling.

Step 3: Install the Main Ts

Install main T's every 4' and install cross T's every 2'. Cross T's should fit directly into the slots of the main T's and will lock into place. Since every product may be different, please refer to the manufacturer's directions.

Place panels into position by tilting each panel above framework and letting each panel fall into place.
Note: Depending on size of room and framework configuration, some ceiling tiles may need to be cut. Use measuring tape, grease pen and tin snips to insure accurate cuts.

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