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How to Cover a Popcorn Ceiling

So you have an ugly popcorn ceiling and are searching for ways to cover it up without having to scrape it because you know how messy that gets.  There are some other ways to cover a popcorn ceiling but if you are looking for the most affordable, easiest and fastest way to do so than I trully believe that you will not find anything better than covering your ugly popcorn ceiling with Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles.  Because I have done this myself several times and learned few things about the installation over popcorn I decided to share them with you so that you don't have to make the same mistakes I have done. :-)

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Before and After Images of a Covered Popcorn Ceiling

Before shot of a kitchen with dark oak cabinets and popcorn ceiling.

Ceiling Tiles Over Popcorn Ceiling

After image of a kitchen by bella tucker. Paitned cabinets, new ceiling lighting fixtures.
Bedroom with Styrofoam Ceiling Tile R37 Before and After

 Love this ceiling?  Buy the tiles used for this ceiling.

You need to know about your popcorn ceiling before you start the installation!

  1. Does your Popcorn have asbestos? ( Houses before 1970, used to have asbestos in their popcorn ceilings and if your house was built before then, chances are that you have asbestos in it.  In paint stores they sell kits that can help you determine asbestos presence.  If you have asbestos, it is good to have it removed by professionals.
  2.  Is your popcorn strong enough to hold the tiles? ( Some popcorn ceilings may be very unstable and the best way to find it is to push on it with your finger and see what happens.  If it is falling apart, you have to remove it and get rid of the dust that will be left over.  If it is strong and stable, you can start your installation.

How many 20x20 Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles will you need to cover your ceiling?

It is in your best interest to figure out the ammount needed before you do any ordering.  It is actually very simple to do..  Let's say you have a square room 10 ft x 10 ft.  To get the square footage you have to multiply the lenght and the widht.  In this example it will be 10x10=100

This is the number you need to enter in our project calculator below and hit calculate:

Calculate how many 20x20 ceiling tiles you need 
 Enter Your Ceiling Area in Square Feet 


 Number of Tiles with 15% Overage!
Note: 15% Overage has been added to the result.

In our example we are calculating number of tiles for a 10 x 10 foot room and so we have added 100 into the calculator.  The result is 43 tiles.  43 tiles includes 6 extra tiles (15% overage) which in our experiance works the best for these types of installations. 

At this point you should be sure that your popcorn ceiling its stable and you know how many tiles you will need to cover it.  Video below explains step by step how to install our Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles and what tools will be needed.  I retallaalize that the video does not show installation over popcorn but we have covered all the points above and so from this point on the installation is very much the same.

How to install Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles - Video Instuctions

Client Testimonial

We are very happy with how the ceiling tiles look in our dining room - we covered a popcorn ceiling.                     Robert Benson, Newton, MA


Do you like the idea?


If so, here are 3 links for you to look at:

  1. Plain White Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles
  2. Hand Painted Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles 
  3. Order Samples

3 decorative hand painted styrofoam ceiling tiles in colors:  antique copper, antique silver, antique brass.

Hand Painted Styrofoam Ceiling tiles

Complete Installation Instuctions

3 decorative styrofoam ceiling tiles layered on top of each other

Plain White Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles

Complete Installation Instructions


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