Basement Ceiling Ideas

Basement Ceiling Ideas

I’m really struggling with this for our basement. We’re leaning toward a drop ceiling because we worry that we need better access to pipes, etc. (the reason we’re renovating our basement is because we had an old appliance leak in the kitchen that flooded the basement). And the contractors who have quoted the project have told us a drop ceiling would be significantly–thousands–cheaper because of all the wiring work they wouldn’t have to do. It’s a 45 year old house, and the wiring in the ceiling is an archaic mess. They would have to basically rewire the entire space to put in a drop ceiling. So I feel like we’re a bit stuck. I unquestionably would prefer a drywall ceiling. It would look great. But I don’t feel like we have thousands extra to spend. I struggle with it, though.
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Basement Ceiling Ideas

Jason, thanks for your post. Let me explain my situation. I want to put a ceiling in my basement. The joists now are at the perfect height for the size of my basement, but having to lower it 3-4 inches might make it too small, considering I plan to lay self-leveling compound on my concrete floor and/or, perhaps, carpet or tile. However, I have radiator heat, and my radiator pipes are not inside the joists, but rather 3-4 inches below them. I have considered drop-ceiling, as it would cover the pipes, but it would make my ceiling really low. I am leaning towards dry-walling above the pipes, and just spray-painting them white and making them a “part of the basement scene”. Do you have any thoughts on this? The pipes only hang low around half the perimeter of my basement, near the walls, if that helps give you an image. If I drywall above the pipes, how do I fit the drywall around the brackets holding the pipes up?
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Basement Ceiling Ideas

I can tell you why someone would not need drywall on the basement walls but needs a ceiling done! The basement in my future house has wood paneled walls and we will be painting over them. No drywall. It’s a nice dry basement too so my plan is to replace the existing carpet with laminate approved for below grade installation. But the ceiling is paper tile. So here we’ll be with nicely pained walls and new floor and the dingy ceiling and old lights. Now, if I can easily upgrade the existing lights I’ll consider painting the ceiling that’s there but we’ll have to actually finalize our buy and move in for that. Just saying, that odd situation can happen. Your page will help us finish off 2 of the unfinished side rooms though to make a beautiful walk in pantry with deep freezer and new laundry room . ☺
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Basement Ceiling Ideas

Nowadays, you can find a lot of videos on youtube showing how you can finish your basement ceiling. For example, in this video you’ll find plenty of useful ideas to plan your ceiling design and find ways around all the obstacles that are usually are in a basement. Btw, this channel is very useful for all things related to basement construction works.
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Basement Ceiling Ideas

Jason, I am currently trying to create a media room/full basement in my home and am looking to keep costs low (obviously). I understand that I will probably not live in this house forever, so I don’t want to do anything permanent to the space downstairs that restricts it to only being viewed as a media room and not a full basement upon selling. That being said, I just ripped out the previous white dropped ceiling tiles and grid. My spouse and I are weighing the options of whether a black painted ceiling or black ceiling tiles would look better. The space is 15×20 with 7 1/2 ft ceilings when the drop ceiling was installed.
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Basement Ceiling Ideas

Jason, I am currently trying to create a media room/full basement in my home and am looking to keep costs low (obviously). I understand that I will probably not live in this house forever, so I don’t want to do anything permanent to the space downstairs that restricts it to only being viewed as a media room and not a full basement upon selling. That being said, I just ripped out the previous white dropped ceiling tiles and grid. My spouse and I are weighing the options of whether a black painted ceiling or black ceiling tiles would look better. The space is 15×20 with 7 1/2 ft ceilings when the drop ceiling was installed. Acoustics would be an issue for watching movies/content, but those things could also be corrected with diffusion panels (possibly)? All in all, my question is which choice would be a better look when selling the home. With the 2×2 tiles, the space felt very claustrophobic. Thank you for your help.
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Basement Ceiling Ideas

I personally am contemplating a drop down as well. I had a drop down when we purchased the house, and I removed it myself and I put up the drywall ceiling myself. Now seeing the different tiles available I believe I made a horrible mistake. The ability to change out your ceiling with relatively inexpensive tiles seems like a no brainer. I’m going to rip out my ceiling, raise the joists, and put in a drop down ceiling. I personally don’t see anything wrong with a white tiled ceiling. It has a lot more character than a solid slate of white above your head. To each his own, but honestly it won’t cost me anymore to redo the ceiling than I initially invested with the drywall. If anything it will most likely be cheaper, as framing is not hard if you know what you are doing.
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Basement Ceiling Ideas

hello, I have a 30 year old house and the basement ceiling tiles are sagging and discolored. I have had several varieties of workers have to access the plumbing, or wiring through this dropped ceiling. Then the tiles are broken and left looking awful. Oh and none of the ceiling lights work. Plus, we have had leaks and there are multiple stains. What about just taking it all down and leaving it exposed? That would make it so much easier. Is that really a problem. It is a basement, right? I am trying to convince myself. thanks
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We’re going with a drop ceiling. Our house was built in 99′ and when I was negotiating the home purchase, both tubs were leaking into the basement. The owners had to fix it before I’d buy. Then, 3yrs later, both of them started leaking again. I had to fix it myself than of course. I’m convinced it’s going to leak again. It also leaked through the grout in the tile surrounding the tub, through some minuscule crack we couldn’t isolate. This entire basement section is to be a bedroom. we drywalled a ceiling outer “tray” and will use drop ceiling for the center with decorative vinyl tile. I put recessed lights in the outer tray area too. I think we’re definitely getting a win/win for appearance and practicality.
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Home Theater, Media Room One of the hottest basement remodeling ideas is to convert unused basement space into a spectacular home theater or media room. You could re-create the look of an old movie palace with the help of a tin ceiling. Choose a copper or brass finish or paint tiles in a flat, dark color that won’t reflect light.For a more upscale, contemporary look, consider HomeStyle Fine Fissured black ceiling panels, which look elegant and absorb up to 60 percent of sounds that strike their surface – perfect for late-night screenings with family and friends.View Fine Fissured Textured Black Panels
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I am in this same situation now, and decided to go with drywall for the following reasons. 1. It had a drop ceiling and I hated the look of it, plus my ceiling was lower and the drop ceiling caused it to be even lower, which made I feel crowded. 2. Both the kitchen plumbing and bathroom plumbing are in unfinished areas of the basement. 3. I already planned on furring down the joist to enclose ethernet and cable wires. I decided to add some conduit runs so I can pull wires through parallel to the joist if I need to add anything in the future. I made detailed and accurate drawings of where my water lines, electric lines, duct work and lines for my hot water basrboard heat. I also am taking pictures of it as well. As for the ductwork over half of my duct are exposed in unfixed sections as well, I also bought registers with dampers so I can adjust flow without needing access to the ducts. I had two Junction boxes in the bedroom ceiling, one I was able to move into the closet, the other I brought down and installed a cover, I then covered this with a smoke detector and it is hidden. I also had two in the family room, one I replaced with a 4 gang box and added a switched outlet for the light over my pool table. The other one I did the same and put smoke detector over. Overall drywall was the better choice for me, and it looks better in my opinion as well.