Ceiling Ideas ?????

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Forum topic by JasonK posted 01-17-2008 10:22 PM 1462 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2008 10:22 PM

Though this may not exactly be a woodworking item, I am in need of some ideas for a ceiling in my basement. Here are the criteria:
Needs to be accessible
Needs to look good!
Would be nice if it would help reduce noise. The floors are wood. (Can you say echo!!!)
Would be nice if there was some dimension.
Truss for the upstairs are at 9’ so I’d prefer that it not drop too far below the truss.
And, obviously, I’d like to avoid using the standard metal grid and fiberglass tile option.
Any ideas (websites or photos) would surely be appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-18-2008 12:03 AM

I once did a suspended ceiling using rough sawn 1×3 cedar for the grid.

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#2 posted 01-18-2008 12:13 AM

To reduce the noise add insulation batts between the trusses. There is also a sound deadening insulation on the market. You could also purchased rigid sheets of foam and cut them to size to fit between the trusses. All of these would reduce noise levels. I saw a basement ceiling that was made of tongue and groove popular. Was 1/4 inch thick and random lengths. One other suggestion (I have finished several basements) is to make sure you get all your electric, vents, etc run before you put up the ceiling.

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#3 posted 01-18-2008 12:40 AM

They have all types of different suspended ceilings. I was a journeyman ceiling guy in one of my lives. Some of the grid systems are polished metal. You can add wood faces to the standard grid. The grid patterns can be installed 2X2, 2X3, 2X4, 2X5, 3X3, 4X4. The ceiling panels can be changed with a cloth faced or painting. They also have concealed tile system that are a bit harder to install but look pretty cool. Armstrong ceilings might have a web site. I havn’t done ceilings for 15 years so I don’t know. Just for the heck of it check out Dusty’s stained glass ceiling here on Lumberjocks.

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