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Dropped Basement Ceiling Panels and Tiles

Provided your basement has enough clearance for head room, the easiest solution to cover your ceiling is to install a dropped or suspended ceiling. Here is all the information you need to get started.


On average, installing a drop ceiling costs $2-$5 per square foot, or $2,400-$6,000 for a 1,200-square-foot basement. You can get price quotes from local installers to learn more.


The panels are easily removed and offer instant access to wiring, plumbing, and ducts.

You can easily add insulation on top of the panels.

Acoustic properties of the panels help deaden noise and keep the basement and rooms above quieter.


Basements lose a minimum of about eight inches of headroom with ceiling panels.

Some types of panels can sag and discolor over time.

Some panel systems look too commercial.


The durability of dropped ceiling panels or tiles depends on the materials used. The composite material often used for ceiling tiles can look drab and yellow over time, while materials like tin and copper will most likely age better.


While the maintenance of ceiling panels or tiles depends on the material used, most can be easily washed with a damp sponge.

Common Questions and Answers

What do dropped ceilings consist of?

These ceilings consist of a grid of metal bars in the shape of an upside-down T, and are suspended on wires from the overhead joists. The metal channels snap together into 2x2 or 2x4 squares. The squares are then filled with the ceiling panels by dropping

Are there different style options when it comes to dropped ceilings?

There is a large variety of styles, grids, and colors to choose from. There are some innovative and artistic tiles available in vintage tin, copper, wood planks, faux wood, faux metal, custom-painted tiles and custom-made tiles as well.

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