I am finishing off a room in my basement as a type of tiki-lounge themed billiard room, and will be covering the ceiling (which currently is just drywall...taped, but not textured) with lauhala matting. In case you don't know what lauhala is, it is the woven fronds of the pandanus palm, not unlike those beach mats you might be familiar with.
Anyway, I don't have tons of experience working with drywall, so I am not sure how to affix the lauhala (which we are buying in 4'X 8' panels) to the 5/8" drywall. Can I affix it using a staple gun? I know this would work if the ceiling were plywood, but can I effectively staple into drywall, or will the staples just pull right out? Since these panels will be hanging on the ceiling, there will be a certain amoung of gravitational pull downwards.
Thanks in advance for any advice!