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Transform Your Ceiling With Decorative Tiles

If you would like to give your ceiling a whole new look consider installing ceiling tiles. They come in so many designs, it will be easy to find the perfect style to blend in with any decor.

Ceiling tiles are one of the very few ways that you can add some decoration to the ceilings in your home. And, they’re very easy to install with basic knowledge of carpentry! You will however have to be able to remove the light fixture in the ceiling!

Make sure that you turn off the breaker to the room, leave the light on and when it goes off you know that you’ve turned the right breaker off! You can run an extension cord from another room and hook up a light so that you can see to work.

The first thing you’ll want to do is get an accurate measurement of your ceiling. Not only will you need to know the size to make sure you purchase the right amount of tiles, you’ll need to use a frame to install them on.

There are two ways that you can install the tiles, on a wood frame or on a metal track. The tiles edges are tongue and groove, which means that one side of the tile will have a tongue that will slide into a groove in the other tile. Either way you should be able to do an entire room in a days time!

If you choose to use a wood frame you’ll need to purchase enough to space them as wide as the tiles are. You’ll need to place a strip of wood at the center of all of the tile joints, plus you’ll need to create a frame around the wall of the room.

The only real difference in using wood strips and the metal tracks is the way the tiles will be attached. With a wood frame you’ll need to staple the tiles to the ceiling and with the metal tracks the tiles will be attached with small metal clips that fasten right to the track.

You will need to use a stud finder to locate the boards in the ceiling. The framework needs to be attached into a board to make it sturdy and keep the ceiling from literally falling on your head!

You will have to climb a ladder repeatedly around the whole room to locate and mark all of the boards. But, once you’ve gotten them all marked you can use a chalk line to make a mark the length of the ceiling.

If you don’t have a chalk line you can use a yardstick or small piece of thin board to mark them. Of course, this will require two people both on ladders. One will need to hold each end while one of you runs a pencil down the side of the board.

You will also need to mark lines in the other direction, the finishing result will look like a square blocks all over the ceiling. For this set of lines you should start in the main center of the ceiling.

The reason that you need the second set of lines is because this will be the guide for you to know where to attach the frame. For this set your first mark should be in the main center of the room.

This will prevent you from ending up with tiles that are just a few inches wide at one end. If you start in the center the end tiles will come out the same width on both sides and look much better.

You should also measure the width of the room and cut the first tile so that the tiles on each end come out the same size. You will end up with full tiles in the center and smaller tiles going all the way around the edges of the room.

The metal tracks come in pieces that are each four foot long. So, unless your room is divisible evenly by four you’ll need to cut the last piece in each strip.

You can use a pair of metal cutters or even a hacksaw to cut the pieces to the correct length. If you’re using a wood frame, then you can choose to use longer pieces or cut them for easier handling!

The chances of your ceiling being completely flat are pretty slim. Although, usually it’s only a slight difference, it may not seem so slight once all the tiles are in place.

You can loosen some screws in the frames and let them drop down enough to make them level if the ceiling is barely off. But, for larger gaps
you should put some kind of shim between the ceiling and the frame to secure it. You can check this by placing a level across the frame.

Once you’ve gotten all of your frame up and measured and cut the first row of tiles, you’re ready to begin installing them. Just put each tile into place and slide them into each other.

If you’re using a wood frame you’ll just staple each tile into place once you’ve interlocked them together. With the metal track the clips will attach both to the tile and the track to secure them.

For an added extra touch, you can add crown molding around the corners of the ceiling. This will not only hide any small gaps between the tiles and the wall, it will give the project a really nice finished touch!

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