Photo of Completed Flush Dropped Ceiling

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Step 1

Photo Showing Ductwork and Wiring in Ceiling

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Secure Ductwork and Wiring

Ensure you have no obstructions hanging down below joists (ductwork, wiring, plumbing, etc.) and that you can screw into the joists. Secure ductwork and wiring so there will be no pressure on the flush dropped ceiling.

Pro Tip

Clear the room for easy access to the entire area throughout installation. If you are installing lighting, find the center of the room, then 24” centers in both directions to fit the new tile layout.

Step 2

Prep for Installation

Identify the U-shaped edge trim pieces, and have your 1 1/2” screws and screwdriver on hand. Set up a step platform or multiple ladders. Have a friend on the ground hand you the pieces and support the ladder throughout the installation process.

Step 3

Install U-Shaped Edge Trim

Begin by installing the U-shaped edge trim channel along the entire perimeter of the room with a drill and 1 ½” drywall screws (Image 1). Start in one corner, working your way around the room, overlapping any seams by at least ½”. Attach to both ceiling joists and into the side wall with a drill and screws approximately every 24” (Image 2).

Step 4

Cut Trim for Inside Corners

Measure and cut trim to fit using heavy-duty scissors or snips before installing into inside corners.

Step 5

Overlap Trim

Overlap as shown for inside corners, and overlap the other way for outside corners.

Step 6

Lay Out Joist-Mounting Channels

These plastic strips have a central snap-in channel for the finish trim bars and side notches at 24” spacing for the cross bars (Image 1). Decide on your starting point and lay out in both directions (Image 2). The ceiling tiles are 24” square. You can attach the joist-mounting channels parallel or perpendicular to the ceiling joists.

Step 7

Install Joist-Mounting Channels

We installed the channels parallel to the ceiling joists. Use the side notches on the mounting channel to align with your starting point. Cut the mounting channel to size if necessary to align a notch at the correct location. Ensure the channel is mounted in a straight line with a string or laser line. Attach to ceiling joists with a drill and 1 ½” screws every 24”. Ensure the notches remain at 24” on center at the butt joints.

Step 8

Attach Cross Bars

The cross bars look similar to the finish trim bars, but are only 24” long (Image 1). Place the trim bars in the notches of the installed mounting channels (Image 2). While one end of the cross bar is still floating, attach to the next mounting channel using trim bars as spacers (Image 3).

Step 9

Photo Showing Attachment of Mounting Channel to Joist

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Attach Mounting Channel to Joist

Attach mounting channel to joist with screws placed within one inch of where each cross bar attaches. This will keep the grid square.

Step 10

Photo Showing Cutting of Cross Bars

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Cut Cross Bars

Cut cross bars to fit against the wall. They will snap into the mounting channel on one side and float in the edge channel on the other side.

Step 11

Attach Trim Bars

Snap in finish trim bars into the mounting channels, cutting pieces to length (Image 1). Alternate seams as you move through the room (Image 2).

Step 12

Install Full Tiles First

Start at one edge, and install all full tiles (Image 1). Flex the finish trim and side bars out of the way to fit tiles (Image 2). Work your way into the rest of the room, one tile at a time (Image 3). Note that tiles are directional.

Step 13

Install Edge Tiles

Cut the edge tiles with heavy-duty scissors or snips (Image 1). Install around edges (Images 2 and 3).

Step 14

Install Remaining Tiles

Cut tiles for fixtures with a utility knife (Image 1), and finishing installing all tiles (Image 2).

Photo of Flush Dropped Ceiling Completed

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