Looking for ideas please. I'm going to put up a ceiling in my basement, and
I don't want a dropped ceiling because I don't want to lose the height. My
best idea so far is to nail up furring strips perpendicular to the joists
and then use tongue-and-groove ceiling tiles, stapling them to the furring
strips. That way I only lose about an inch. I have seen the Ceilingmax
system and that's still an option, but my idea would be cheaper. I'd
rather not use drywall.
The problem is that I had hoped to find 2x2 tiles, but all the staple-up
tongue-and-groove tiles I've found are 1x1. That would mean twice as many
furring strips and longer to install. So two questions:
1) Are there in fact any 2x2 tiles of the interlocking staple-up type?
2) What other ideas am I missing, understanding that I want to lose as
little ceiling height as possible?
Right, you /don't/ want drywall, because basements usually have pipes
wiring that you want to preserve access to. In fact, if your ceiling
up any electrical boxes, you must preserve easy access to them per
not be buried under permanent construction. Drop ceilings are
as providing ready access. I am inclined to think stapled tiles would
You don't need a huge depth for a suspended ceiling. 3" will do if
have recessed lighting, and you may be able to work cans in between
joists. I'd really advise you to use that. Being able to pop up
tiles and work
on stuff keeps you legal and is extremely handy besides.
I don't know enough about the proprietary systems to say much.
Give a thought to spraying the ceiling with a white latex paint.
Spray everything... pipes, ducts, joists, etc.
I saw a basement finished that way.
It was bright, no loss of ceiling height,
and complete access to everything.
You don't get any sound insulation,
but if you're partying, everyone is in the basement anyway.
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