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buildit45 07-28-2012 02:54 PM

Drop Ceiling Idea
I am finishing out my basement and I am looking at a drop ceiling alternative. I have come up with a plan and just need to know if it anyone thinks it will work. I plan to install a center support made up of 2x4's, which will be made of a top plate, bottom plate, and cripples. To the bottom plate I will attach a piece of 1x6 poplar. On the side walls I will install either 2x2 or 1x2 pieces. Then I will use tongue and groove knotty pine which I will attach 4 together at a time to make one panel. Then I will place this panel on the edge of the center support and on the side walls, then I will attach drop ceiling ties from the panel to the floor joist above.
Here is a picture of what I hope to do.

1. Should I attach the side supports to the wall studs directly or attach them to the drywall?
2. Should I use 1x2 or 2x2 for the side supports?
3. On the center support how far should the cripples be from one another?
4. How many drop ceiling ties should I use for each panel?

And any other helpful information would be appreciated.

sixeightten 07-28-2012 02:59 PM

How are you going to install the last few drop ceiling ties? Wont you need to remove a panel to do this?

buildit45 07-28-2012 03:14 PM

At the end of each panel (which is made up of four boards) I will cut off the tongue. So that way every panel can be pushed up, and with the push up I can get the last panel in.

GBrackins 07-28-2012 03:31 PM

the only thing I might add is to check with you building department and find out if there is a minimum ceiling height and make sure you are in compliance with it.

Per the 2009 International Residential Code (your code, if any, may differ)


R305.1 Minimum height. Habitable space, hallways, bathrooms, toilet rooms, laundry rooms and portions of basements containing these spaces shall have a ceiling height of not less than 7 feet (2134 mm).


1. For rooms with sloped ceilings, at least 50 percent of the required floor area of the room must have a ceiling height of at least 7 feet (2134 mm) and no portion of the required floor area may have a ceiling height of less than 5 feet (1524 mm). 2. Bathrooms shall have a minimum ceiling height of 6 feet 8 inches (2032 mm) at the center of the front clearance area for fixtures as shown in Figure R307.1. The ceiling height above fixtures shall be such that the fixture is capable of being used for its intended purpose. A shower or tub equipped with a showerhead shall have a minimum ceiling height of 6 feet 8 inches (2032 mm) above a minimum area 30 inches (762 mm) by 30 inches (762 mm) at the showerhead.

Good luck! :thumbsup:

buildit45 07-28-2012 03:34 PM

Thanks for the help on ceiling heights, though by doing this I will still have 7'10" under it.

jaydevries 07-28-2012 03:38 PM

how long is the room

buildit45 07-28-2012 03:43 PM

Room length is about 45 feet

jaydevries 07-28-2012 03:50 PM

ok would hang a 4 x4 suspended grid ceiling screw a 1x4 flat against it then install t&g with standard methods just like a a suspended hard ceiling

buildit45 07-29-2012 03:33 PM

Thanks for the information though I am trying to do this on the cheaper side.

buildit45 07-31-2012 02:32 PM

Anyone else with any ideas?

jmac30 08-01-2012 07:26 AM


Originally Posted by buildit45 (Post 978430)
Anyone else with any ideas?

I don't have a great idea for you, but I'm having to put a drop ceiling in an area of my basement that' I'm finishing because all the plumbing is in that section. All the rest is drywall.

I had thought about doing something similar but instead of the knotty pine boards, I was thinking actual sheets of drywall, painted of course. Thought about building a 2x2 grid out of 2x4's and then facing that with oak that would overlap on all 4 sides by 1". 2x2 pieces of drywall will sit in the grids, resting on the oak.

I thought it would be cheaper for sure than drop, but haven't really detailed it out yet.

You may get to this step before me, I'd love to see how you do yours and what it looks like completed.


nicksmokes7 12-06-2012 01:09 PM

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that looks like too much work,
have you considered using Chicago bar to make a drywall suspended ceiling? its really easy you just snap your level, screw in the anchors to the joists then everything clips in together.

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see youtube video, ”bob vila suspended ceiling Manhattan remodel”, they show you how its done

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