Finally, a quiet evening. You take a look at the TV distracted. Suddenly your eyes are drawn to the ceiling. Yeah, it lacks relief. And now a new project pops into your head: make coffered ceiling. The fiber of handyman awakens in you. What are the alternatives on the market? Whatever project you have in mind, you will find the center of your room.

# Using a chalk (chalk line) mark an “X” on the ceiling to determine the exact center.
# Make sure all is square using the method of 3, 4, 5.
# Using a chalk line, draw squares of 4 ‘x 4’.
# Measure a distance of 3 feet on one side and the other 4 feet. The hypotenuse (the distance between two points) should be 5 feet. If this is not the case, measure again face to produce a straight line.

If you can get perfect angles, you will cheat a little on the sides of your room, at the junction of walls.

Precast tiles

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# After locating the center of your room, install the squares so they are square, as described above.
# Stick them with glue construction ( PL Premium ).
# Add nails or pins to secure the pieces in place, until the glue ensures a secure grip.

Another option available to you

Leave space to install a molding or board (pine or MDF) between each tile. Personally, I prefer boards with 4 or 5 ½ inches wide, easier to install. They give an appearance of solidity to your boxes. You can install more than one board to add thickness to your “beams”. However, avoid overlapping the ends. Instead, do as the masons and fitters of hardwood floors by placing the joints at different locations. It will be even more beautiful. Add a finishing trim for an even more professional.

The timber crib

You prefer the beams? Nothing prevents you from making false

# Using pine boards or MDF to the desired width, build a structure shaped “U” that you install on the ceiling. For added strength, find the joists using the stud finder or by using the method of small holes.
# Take your electric drill and a drill bit 1/16 inch. Banging on the ceiling, you will have an indication of the location of the backbone of your home.
# Drill small holes to locate a joist.
# Measure a length of 16 inches to locate its neighbor.
# Screw-in your false beam joists previously localized.
# Add glue to construction for added strength.

For precision work, use a laser level to locate exactly where to place your beams. You your life easier by producing beams of different thicknesses and installing the thinner first, starting with the center of the room, of course. Tip: if your ceiling is not square, choose the thickness of the beam instead of adjustments. You might find yourself with a beam of 3 ½ to 4 ½ and end at another. Bad idea In decorating, it’s the appearance that premium.

The false beams, empty, have a distinct advantage. You can recessed lighting, to light your floor or your ceiling, or even to install the speakers of your home theater. And you’ll hide a few unwanted son, in addition to creating a unique ambience. That is, it only remains you finish it off with moldings to give a style to your room. Some manufacturers, including moldings Belanger, offer a variety of styles. Check out their website .

Beams covered with plasterboard

First, make boxes with pieces made ​​of pressed wood chips ( Aspenite ) of 15/32 inch thick. Again, your central beam, less bulky, must be adjusted using a laser level. Once you have built boxes, cover them with drywall. If you installed the son electric or speakers inside your beam, slide them in a PVC pipe. This will help avoid the damage by screwing your material. To finish the corners, you can use the outer corners of metal designed for drywall. I personally prefer the perforated corners or those covered with paper. They are easier to use.

Make sure the corners are the same level and square. Otherwise, you will find it difficult to finish it off with joint compound. In addition, your beams would look crooked. Likewise, use your level and a tape measure to ensure that your beams are equal. You just have to cheat a little at the finish so that your work is perfect, or almost. Remember: this is the look that premium. You just have to sand the joint compound and paint the drywall and trim, then you install with glue-like No More Nails .

Tip: No More Nails glue adheres poorly on the joint compound. That’s why you should paint before installing moldings.

# If there is a space between your drywall and ceiling, or beam, put masking tape on your beam and your ceiling.
# Fill the holes with silicone caulk, which can be painted.
# In several steps, fill the void then smooth it all.
# Let dry for three to four days, then paint the caulking.