Acoustic ceiling tiles are a great, inexpensive option for remodels. Not only can they be used to reduce noise transfer between rooms in your home or commercial building, but they can also be designed to fit the aesthetics of your room. Designing a room with custom acoustic ceiling tiles may sound expensive and difficult, but it is really very easy to do.
Tools You Will Need
If you don’t mind doing all the cutting by hand, you can use a carpenter’s square, a T-square, and a utility knife. If you prefer a power cutting tool, you can use either a tile cutter or a table saw that has a fine-tooth blade. You will also need:
- Tape measure
- Paint trays
- Drop cloths
Design Your Acoustic Ceiling
Figure out what you want your acoustic ceiling tiles to look like. Use a piece of graph paper to layout your room and to determine what grid pattern you want to create. Decide what colors and textures you will use. Computer design programs can be very helpful during the design phase.
Cut Your Acoustic Ceiling Tiles
Follow the carpenter’s rule: measure twice, cut once. Measure the opening in your ceiling grid. Then subtract 1/8-inch from your measurements so that the tiles will fit inside the grid tray. Transfer these measurements to your ceiling tile panels. Cut the tiles using your utility knife, saw, or tile cutter. After cutting one tile, check to make sure that it will fit in the grid. If it does, you can use it as a template for cutting the remaining tiles.
Decorate Your Tiles
Acoustic ceiling tiles are generally white, but you can paint yours to make them more attractive or to complement the colors of the room. Neutral colors are generally the best option for ceiling colors, but you can also use a shade that is either one step lighter or one step darker than your wall color. If you want to create a very dramatic look, you can also apply a metallic color to the tiles.
When painting, it is important to avoid clogging the small holes in the tile as this can reduce their noise reduction qualities. After applying the paint, use a toothpick to clear clogged holes. Allow the paint to dry before trying to install the new tiles in your grid.