Looking for ideas for a low-cost and easily removable ceiling treatment for
a cabin basement. It is (and has been for years) bare joists with
insulation and visible wiring, so just about any treatment will be an
The ceiling is about 9' high, and I am just finishing getting insulation up
between the joists. Wanted to put up something that I could take down
easily to run additional wiring, etc if required. So drywall is out, as is
most panelling and drop celing styles.
Is there a fairly durable (and maybe flame retardent) fabric that I could
simply staple in place? I may want it to come down the walls about a foot
as well, as I have panelled/sheetrocked about 8 feet up from the floor and
have exposed wall above that level that would be well suited to sharing the
same covering as the ceiling.
Ideas or links appreciated.
Think about this for a moment: If dropped ceiling panels were hard to take
down easily for wiring or other modifications, why are dropped ceilings used
in thousands of commercial buildings??? Lift the ceiling panels, move them
aside, and there's your wiring. Much easier than pulling down stapled
My sediments also. I was wondering the same as to why he would want to deal
with staples and ripping fabric compared to sliding a tile over to one side.
Don't rule out drop ceiling. I would consider this your best option.
My own internal shorthand caused that description to come out wrong. I was
more concerned about the cost and work involved to put in the dropped
ceiling than any issues with removing it for future tasks. In my brain I
was thinking "cheap, fast and easy", while my hands typed "easy".
As others have suggested a dropped ceiling is your best choice.
Metal "T" bar is cheap and east to install. If the cost of tile
is prohibitive think of cutting your own tiles out of 1/2 or 3/8
drywall. May not be too pretty but would be a lot more flame
retardant than fabric.
Like that flimsy T-bar setup would hold the weight of wall-to-wall
drywall? That stuff is HEAVY.
OP has the right idea- get a roll of flame-retardant fabric (like from a
place that does commercial interiors and curtains), and staple it up. Or
go for the loft look, and just spray the upper 18 inches of the room
matte black. Or maybe check out the nearest industrial surplus, and get
a dozen sheets of that stuff they skin trailers with, and screw it up.
Personally, I <like> seeing the bones and nervous system and veins of a
house, when I am below grade.
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