Updated: Jan 29, 2021
There are various types of false ceiling designs and the materials used in its construction, such as gypsum, plasterboard, wood, metal, etc.
The different types of False Ceiling
“There are many ways that you can design your ceiling. Sometimes, it may be up to your own creativity to let your ceiling be a statement piece in your design.”
You can play with the design of your false ceiling by complementing it with cove lights as well as using unique and different materials. Below are some commonly used false ceiling designs that you can take a look at:
Single-layered False Ceiling/Flat False Ceiling is the most common false ceiling done to hide wirings and piping on your ceiling, make your ceiling surface more even, and add volume to the room without overwhelming the space. Your lightings can be spread more evenly throughout the space.
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L-Box False Ceiling is constructed along the perimeter of your existing ceiling; thus the centre of your ceiling will still have the actual ceiling height for you to install a ceiling fan or a chandelier and other types of heavier and longer lighting fixtures. You can opt for a sealed up L-box with downlights or L-box cove lights, depending on your preferences. You can have a combination of both L-box types as well.
Multi-layered False Ceiling. You can creatively experiment with layers in designing your false ceilings, depending on the height of your room. This type of false ceiling welcomes more design opportunities for your lightings, colours, textures, and shapes.
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Coffered False Ceiling. Coffers are a series of square or rectangle recessed panels fitted into the internal framework of a false ceiling. This type of false ceiling creates an illusion of a higher ceiling. You can playfully customize your coffered false ceiling to add more dimensions within the space as well.
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The different types of materials
Below are some of the commonly used materials for constructing a false ceiling:
Plasterboard. This is the most common false ceiling panel to be used. It has a similar composition to gypsum, but it is more cost-efficient.
Gypsum board. It is quite a well-known false ceiling panel. It is easy to install, fire-resistant hence suitable for kitchens, and lightweight. It is also flexible in providing different shapes and texture options such as plain, curved, stepped, and coffered. However, it cannot be moulded like a POP (Plaster of Paris).
POP (plaster of Paris). It is also made of Gypsum but in powdered form and needs to be mixed with water to mould it into the shapes you want. This is suitable for ceilings with complicated and unique shapes, designs, and patterns.
Wood. It gives an elegant look and warmth to the space. However, it is more expensive due to the cost of the material and maintenance. In humid conditions, it tends to expand and contract. It may also faces termites problems overtime.
Metal - such as aluminium and galvanized iron. it is very durable and strong. It can be installed easily and only requires little maintenance. However, it is likely to corrode.
You may also look at The Pros & Cons of False Ceilings.
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