Ceiling Ideas for Your Basement

Written by Milan Jara on 26th Mar 2020

Faux Tin Ceiling Tile – 24x24 – #233 - Antique Copper

The basement space has to be the most overlooked section of your home. It’s understandable, though. It’s always regarded as the last resort for social gatherings due to the lack of lighting and the fact you are going underground.

In recent years, though, people have adopted a newfound attitude toward their basements. As this room has taken on new significance, designers have focused more and more on the basement’s potential rather than look at it in dismay.

Here, we’re going to give you a range of ideas for your unfinished basement ceiling. Here they are:



1. Tin Ceiling

Harry's Scrollwork - Tin Ceiling Tile - 24x24 - #1219

Installing tin tiles on your basement’s ceiling generates a lively and fun atmosphere if you’re planning to turn it into a space for social gathering. It’s why many pubs and bars use this ceiling tile – to create a positive environment for their customers.

By choosing a tin ceiling, you opt for tiles that either give your basement a modern look or perhaps a more antique one – depending on which design suits you. If you do decide to go with a tin ceiling for your basement, you’re getting in on a trend as this option is growing in popularity across the nation.

Traditionally, if you’re a homeowner looking to install a tin ceiling, nail-up tin tiles are the way to go. Basements are built differently, though, so another process would work a lot more effectively: drop-in tin ceiling tiles.

Tin tiles are a charming decorative element that reflects light and sound which ultimately gives your basement an authentic and entertaining space. If you’re planning to renovate your basement into a social gathering space you should strongly consider installing tin tiles to your ceiling.



2. Install Paneling

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As long as you don’t have barriers hanging below your joists, you have the option to finish your basement ceiling using wall panels.

The most effective way to do this is by choosing sheet paneling. This process is easy to do but you have to figure out what to do with the seams at the ends of the panels. If this doesn’t bother you, then there’s no need to worry. If it does, cover them with molding. Plan the layout so that the seams take place every four feet and run molding all the way across the room for an even, textured look.



3. Drop Ceiling

Rustic Lattice – Faux Tin Ceiling Tile – 24 in x 24 in – #248 - Antique Copper

Out of all the options on this list, drop ceilings are considered a classic when it comes to basement ceilings. This is because the simple drop tiles create an overhead grid that acts almost like a second ceiling, forming a geometric pattern that encourages your eye to scan the room.

These tiles are easy to work with, too, as you can move them individually to access the plumbing pipes or electrical hook-ups. Incidentally, they're also one of the easiest ways to hide exposed ductwork or pipes.

Drop ceiling tiles are usually made of vinyl and are water-resistant and they do not sag or develop mildew – even after multiple decades.

Ways to Improve Your Drop Ceiling

The problem with drop ceilings is that a lot of people think they’re boring. To an extent, that is true but nothing is preventing you from sprucing it up. Do this by adding paint to the ceiling tiles - but not every tile needs to be the same color. To give your basement ceiling a colorful and cheerful effect, consider mixing up your paint with each ceiling tile.

To add more glamor, changing the lights to the basement is a great idea. Now you’ll have one of the liveliest basements around – and if you’re planning to turn this basement into a hangout spot, you’ll have the right appearance to host your gatherings.



4. PVC Tiles

Golden Prague – Faux Tin Ceiling Tile – Glue up – 24x24 – #218 - Antique Gold

This is perfect if you reside in a humid climate where swelling and mildew are a consistent problem. PVC tiles are a reliable solution for humidity. You can install in your basement ceiling and not have to worry for years to come.

These ceiling tiles are available in many different styles. If you want something a little less flashy, there’s nothing wrong with using the plain ceiling tiles. But, if you’re after some texture or an ornate design, you can install embossed PVC tiles.

Overall, there are numerous advantages to using PVC tiles for your basement but it’s the longevity and cleanliness of the product that makes this option so popular. These tiles are also often cleaner to trim, cut, and adjust. They won’t leave a trail of dusty mineral fiber particles, either, allowing for smooth installation.

PVC tiles are strong and durable which is a benefit for you and your basement, especially if you’re planning to turn it into an entertainment area. This allows you to run wires a lot smoother than certain other materials – so installing products like sound systems is much easier for you.

How to Cover up a Popcorn Ceiling?

If you were to say that popcorn ceilings are a gorgeous feature to your home, well, let’s just say that not a lot of people would agree with you. We can all concur that this type of ceiling is not nice to look at and if there’s a chance to change it – change it!

You’ll be happy to know that there will not be any scraping involved in changing your popcorn ceiling. All you need are decorative planks, tiles, or Styrofoam.

The cheapest and easiest way to cover up your popcorn ceiling is by using Styrofoam tiles but there are things to think about before starting the process.

  • Be wary of the quality of your popcorn ceiling: Check the condition of the ceiling and see if you notice any cracks or if parts of the ceiling begin to fall off.
  • Get the right measurements: This is important for when you decide which sized tiles you need for your ceiling.
  • Purchase an extra set of tiles: Despite getting the right measurements, you should always have a few extra tiles in case of potential slips and mistakes. It’s always better to be safer than sorry.

Now that you have a number of ideas, it’s now time to decide on what material is best suited for you and the design to match it. When it comes to your basement ceiling, there is no limit on how creative you can be.

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