There’s no doubt that a false ceiling can improve the overall look of your home. But how much does a false ceiling cost to install? Here’s how to effectively calculate the expenses.
The most popular materials used for adding a false ceiling to your home are POP or factory-manufactured gypsum boards. However, with the variety of ceiling options available, it’s not uncommon to see wooden, plywood, tiled, or even metal and glass ceilings.
Calculate the Area of the False Ceiling
Before you can know how much material you will need, you first have to measure the overall area of the room where you plan to install the false ceiling. Is it in a bedroom, living room, or basement? Each of these rooms varies greatly in size.
For example, if the basement is 15 feet long and 20 feet wide, then the area of the false ceiling for the basement will be 15×20 feet – that is, 300 square feet.
There’s also the cornice (a decorative element applied at the topmost part of the wall of a room, as with a crown molding). The cost of which is dependent on how many feet it runs.
Another thing to consider is the type of lighting that you’ll use. You need to measure the area of the space that the light will occupy.
The average cost for false ceiling installation in a 10’x12’ room is around $1,500.00. Let’s imagine that you are using tiles. If you do it yourself, the material costs are:
- Tiles – $30.00 to $55.00 per case (check the quantity per case as it varies, the lower end is usually 20 tiles per case, 2’x2’)
- Gridwork – about $72.00
- Level – Laser level from $20.00 to over $500.00, carpenter’s level $10.00 to $30.00
If you’re in the United States you can use this drop ceiling calculator. A drop ceiling or suspended ceiling is another name for a false ceiling.
Additional Expense Considerations
Additional costs involved during the installation of a false ceiling include:
- The electrical wiring or plumbing that runs just above the false ceiling.
- Light fixtures (concealed lights, LED strip lights and chandeliers) have to be purchased separately.
- Contractors may charge extra for light installations, as per the layout of the false ceiling.
- Covering the finished product with paint, wallpaper, etc.