I am putting in a coffered ceiling in my dining room as part of a
major remodel. The old ceiling is already down and once I install the
new recessed lighting frame-in kits, I will be ready to reinstall the
The question is this.
Since I need to install a new ceiling, should I just put up some 5/8"
sheetrock or perhaps 1/2" plywood as the base for the coffered
Some of the answer depends a bit on what is above. If there is
living space above, code may well require the fire resistance of
gyp. If it is attic structure, I would put up wafer or ply to
insure nailability wherever needed. I assume you are talking
about a full wood coffered ceiling that will be stained and
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
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