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Old 03-26-2010, 12:23 PM   #1
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Coffered Ceiling - 8ft


We are renovating our kitchen - as part of that we are taking down a supporting wall and need to have an 8 inch beam put in. Our designer is proposing a coffered ceiling to hide the beam - it would come down 8 inches and would be the width of the counter top (I think about 30 inches). My concern is that it will make the room look very small. The room itself is about 13 ft x 12 ft. Can someone comment?
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Normal soffits in the old days were usually 12" down from the ceiling and 14" out from the walls. So at an 8" drop, you are less than that, but the 24" out seems a bit wide to me. Do you have to come out that far to enclose the beam? any way of recessing the beam up into the ceiling? When we do trayed ceilings in dining rooms we usually drop them about 8" and come out from the wall about 18". So you are not really too far off. Coffered ceiling usually refer to the inset vertical sections being on an angle. Not my favorite for a kitchen, but that's personal preference. I would probably go the trayed route and put a small crown up in the inset to go along with a small crown on the cabinets.
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to me a coffered ceiling is a grid work over the whole space. is it that or just boxing in a beam
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You are correct. I made a mistake on my terminology. I had to look it up. Trayed ceilings can have either sloped verticles or square steps. My bad.
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Is this only on one wall, like an oversize furr down, or complately around the perimeter of the room, which would then be a cofferred/tray, whatever you want to call it, ceiling? I would try to come out a little less if possible, but we have had to do some that wide on renovations due to existing plumbing, ducts, etc. My theory is that you have to make them look like they have a design purpose meaning we install recessed lighting in them and trim the inside with a nice crown molding.
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