Kinds of Ceiling Tiles

An embossed tin background.

Whether you’re looking to cover flaws in the existing ceiling, reduce noise transfer, or just spruce up the room, ceiling tiles can be a worthwhile home improvement. Before you can choose, though, you have to know your options.


Suspended ceiling tiles are attached to a grid that hangs from your existing ceiling by wires. The spaces in the grid and the tiles that fit into them are usually either 2 feet by 4 feet or 4 feet by 4 feet. If you don’t want a suspended ceiling, but still want the tiles, you’ll have to glue them onto the ceiling.


Ceiling tiles are available in a wide variety of materials, from metals to plastics to fiberglass. One thing they all have in common is their lightweight, which keeps them from falling or—worst case scenario—minimizes the damage if they do. Tin tiles are both popular and expensive, and for that reason, there are cheaper, faux tin tiles made of different thermoplastics, such as PVC.

Of course, looks aren’t the only consideration when buying ceiling tiles. Acoustic tiles can dampen sound, as well, making them useful in home theaters or any other room where excess noise getting in or out would be a problem. Also, just because they’re functional doesn’t mean they have to be plain. The last thing you want is to look up and think you’re at work because of the boring, white ceiling tiles looking back at you.