04:51PM | 01/18/07
Member Since: 01/17/07
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I am going to replace a drywall ceiling with removable tiles. The area is about 27’w x 22’L.

What will make the room look larger, smaller tiles (12”), medium (24”) or large (2x4’)

Any ideas on systems that will use zero clearance on the joists? Most of the systems I’ve come across are stapled and become almost as much of nightmare down the road as the current solid ceiling you need to go above it to install cables, pipes, etc..

Conventional suspended ceilings waste 4+” of head room which in this set up I can’t afford.

Do you have a better solution?


03:57AM | 01/23/07
Member Since: 03/03/05
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I know you want to make your basement into an attractive living area. However, it is a basement and no matter what, it will be a basement. Drop ceilings are good, but even at the minimum 4" requirement, they can be very difficult to install. You will also need to consider what light fixtures you will be using.

Smaller ceiling and floor tiles will make the area look bigger. The brighter the space, the bigger it will also seem. Keeping the walls and floor light will make it less cave-like.

Access to electrical and plumbing is key.

Excess humidity in the basement can cause ceiling tiles to sag.

Typical basements are not meant for living space and do not lend themselves well due to air quality and other issues. I have never seen a basement that doesn't look like a basement no matter how much time and work goes into it.


03:45PM | 01/26/07
Member Since: 01/25/07
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I’d suggest going with 2’x2’ ceiling tiles, they will give a larger feel to the room. 1’x1’ tiles are usually glued or stapled to the ceiling or joists.

I know of two companies offering zero clearance suspended ceiling systems. CeilingLink system is one see . The other is CeilingMAX from ACP see .

There may be other similar systems, if any readers know of other please pass it on.
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