4 Popular Basement Ceiling Options

A man installing basement ceiling frames.

Installing a basement ceiling has many benefits, including turning an unfinished room into a usable space. Once you install the ceiling, you can use your basement as a family room, bedroom, or small apartment you can rent out for some extra cash. There are many popular basement ceiling options. What you choose will depend on your budget, your handyman skills, and the electrical wiring needed. Here are 4 basement ceiling options that you'll find in many homes today.

1. Suspended Ceiling

A suspended ceiling.

Suspended ceilings require a metal frame and ceiling tiles that hang from the ceiling joists. They may be the easiest ceiling to install because the metal frame is lightweight. Simply arrange the tiles in the metal grid and you've got a ceiling.

Use a suspended ceiling either as a stopgap measure to make the basement available for immediate use, or as a permanent solution. They're faster to install than the other solutions; furthermore, they allow convenient access to ventilation systems, wires, and everything else. Simply remove a section of tiles to gain access.

2. Stretch Ceiling

Stretch ceilings are more expensive than suspended ceilings, but they look great. Install it flat or stretch it into a 3D formation. It's made of a polyvinyl chloride membrane, and you install it by stretching it and clipping it into the perimeter that acts as a frame. The suspended panels appear to be in 3D or curved depending on how you install them. They are available in many colors. If you enjoy a freestanding and artistic look, then a stretch ceiling is a great option.

3. Drywall Ceiling

A man paints a ceiling.

If you want to paint the ceiling to match the basement decor, consider installing a drywall ceiling. The only downfall with using drywall for your basement ceiling is that you limit access to plumbing, wires, and anything else behind it. If you want to be able to do your own plumbing or electrical work, or at least be able to examine and troubleshoot simple problems, then a drywall ceiling is not right for you. Drywall is also more difficult to install than suspended tiles.

4. Acoustic Ceiling Tiles

If your primary concern is controlling the noise, install acoustic ceiling tiles. They are popular for blocking noise coming through a ceiling. Installing acoustic ceiling tiles is just like other suspended ceiling tiles. The tiles are placed in a grid. As with a suspended ceiling, you can remove the tiles to access utilities.

Once you decide on the type of basement ceiling you want, you'll be able to design it to meet your needs. You don't have to stick to white or off-white colors. Experiment with the colors offered by the manufacturer or paint the ceiling unique colors to match your room decor.