Everyone would like have more space in his house or at least everybody would like to try to rationalize the available room of their homes. That’s not always possible, but a smart way to save space in your home probably consists to explore the possibility of using the vertical room (space), looking for additional volume by creating a false ceiling (also known as counter ceilings or counter tops).
Very often corridors, hallways and closets are already fully filled of stuff, but at the same time, the upper part of the room is not used, therefore from this comes the need of looking for new room by lowering the ceiling and creating closets where is possible to store many things like linen, clothes, blankets, shoes, tools for house cleaning etc. The result is that you may have more living space available for you.
You can also choose to make a lower ceiling for your entrance or for your bathroom to give more concentration or install a lighting system without forget the appearance.
It is understandable that we are mostly talking of a owned real estate property because if you are renting that house, it is absolutely necessary to ask the prior approval of the owner and especially that he agrees with the redelivery clause of the property.
STRUCTURE OF FALSE CEILING
Obviously it is necessary to make a statement: in fact, depending on the purpose for which we want built a low ceiling, the ceiling must have a structure more or less consistent as it is different if it is only for aesthetic reasons (to hide spotslight, ducts of the air conditioning system or electric wires) or if you want to create a walkable environment on which is possible also put heavy furnitures.
Of course for a ceiling of the latter type we must have a certain familiarity with building work and a good building knowledge otherwise it would be certainly more appropriate and recommended that you hire professionals.
After have said the above, we here want to deal with a soft solution that is designed to make more ‘intimate home, by customizing it and at the same time also allowing you to hide plant service, pipes, wires, etc.
We will use a frame of wood strips along the complete perimeter of the room. The strips will be fixed to the wall with screw anchors screw.
On this frame are then set other transverse strips to create a lattice on which we screw out the compressed chipboards or plasterboard or chipboard yet.
If the distance between the walls exceeds 2,5 yd would be preferable to have a point of vertical fixing that is achieved by using an expansion anchors (Fischer type) with screw ring to which will be hooked a steel wire fixed at the other end to a point of intersection of the strips.
For rooms sizing 2,5-3 yd x up to 3-3.5 yd it should be enough a central support. For bigger rooms it is better to distribute more points of support on the entire surface of the ceiling.
CONSTRUCTION OF FALSE CEILING
It is necessary calculate so that the bottom surface of the ceiling arrives at least to 1,5 – 2 inches above the door jambs.
Once it has been decided the height from the ground, we have to report this measure on all four room walls, using two small nails per side to tend a light string to get a straight line.
Check the horizontality of the frame.
As regards the strips of , we can orient on strips from 4 yd from 0,8 x 1,6 inches or 0,8 x 2 inches that will be cut accordingly. If they are slightly poor, don’t worry because the frame structure will be invisible. The strips are fixed to the walls, as mentioned above, by means of expansion plugs ranging spaced approximately 11 to 15 inches.
At this point you can start to set up the transverse strips.
The distance between the strips depends from the type of coating chosen. In fact there are prefabricated panels made of plastic materials that are generally sold with invisible hooks, otherwise if you want to use playwood laminates, these will be screwed to the battens with wood screws which will then be made invisible with plaster. All these materials are readily available in DIY centers like Home Depot, Crest, Ace, etc. of different sizes and for different uses.
Before screwing the panels we may proceed to drill the holes for the spotlights (but it is also possible to drill the holes for the spotlights after having installed the panels).
An alternative to this type of ceiling is represented by those structures that are mainly used into modern offices. They are easy to assemble and are very lighthtweight solutions that allow easy access to the air to change light bulbs, pull wires or making simple inspections.
Metal stripes, generally in aluminum, are available for sale in the most furnished Diy stores. The kits consist of metal or plastic stripes that can also be alternated with plexiglass so that they looks like light points.
The advantage of this solution is certainly the versatility as they are quick and easy to be assembled and disassembled and also they have a good aesthetic result.
In conclusion, the low ceiling system serves to make your home more pleasant, functional and personalized and lends itself to solutions that depend only on your imagination.
An original way to use a partial ceiling set is into a bathroom as well as over the apartment entrance to get a sort of cabinet ceiling, but, really, the solutions are virtually endless, funny and always little expensive.
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