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Old 04-10-2008, 07:15 AM   #1
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How would you frame a ceiling like this?

I am interested in framing a ceiling in our home theater. I have tons of framing books but none seem to address how to frame trey ceilings etc.

How would I frame either of these ceilings? I'm thinking for the curvy one I'd have to cut the shape using plywood. Does anyone know any good books or websites that walk you through how to frame trey ceilings?
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Old 04-13-2008, 12:08 AM   #2
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You should strongly consider using light gauge steel studs. They don't weigh as much, and with some practice with tin snips, the curves are easily formed. Beats the heck out of wood for this application.

As far as sheathing, I guess that will depend on the radius of the bends. If the curves aren't too tight, 1/4" sheetrock will handle some curves.


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You would frame it the same way you would frame any thing, with 2x material and ply at the top and bottom. The part that's tricky is the curved edges. Outwater Plastic, and I'm sure a few others, sell what's called, curvable sheet goods. They have plywood and MDF that you can attach to the frame you build. The frame needs to support this material at critical points along the edge so you must visualize the structure as you go. A rough sketch will help before you start.
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I have seen this (link) used in commercial construction.

It was reffered to as a "cloud" system where this drops lower than the rest of the ceiling. I saw the finished product in a bank with exposed metal joist and decking, whith this dropped down to create little clouds, cool effect. I assume you could somehow use this to create the effect you are looking for. I haven't seen it installed so i don't know how labor intensive it is. A local supply yard should be able to give you pricing, I would imagine lowes or HD wouldn't carry this, but who knows.
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