M > I'm aware of the two typical kinds of finished basement ceilings:
M > a) the metal support and 2x4 drop-in ceiling tiles, and
M > b) those 12x12 "pressed oatmeal" looking things.
M > I don't have room (7 foot height) for the first type. But there must be
M > something better than the second. It's in a rental property, and trying to
Back to the first type: a flexible ceiling tile should work. (2x2'
tiles are also available.) Put the metal support pieces as close to
the bottom of the joists as possible, squeeze the ceiling tile in.
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