What Size Are Drop Ceiling Tiles?

Posted by Milan Jara on 3rd May 2022

Drop Ceiling Tiles

If you’re getting started with drop ceiling tiles, you may be wondering about sizes. Here are the various drop ceiling tile sizes to consider.

Drop ceilings are ideal for installation where you want to conceal items like ductwork, cables or wiring, unpleasant construction features, and piping. If you have already decided to install drop ceiling tiles, you may be wondering what sizes they come in.

In this post, we explore the various drop ceiling tile sizes available and the grid sizes the tiles are meant for to make a well-fit suspended ceiling.

Since knowing the number of required tiles is crucial, we will also use the ceiling tile sizes to find the approximate number of tiles for your project.

Ceiling Tiles Dimensions

Drop-in ceiling tiles are available in various sizes from one manufacturer to another. However, two major sizes apply across most manufacturers or suppliers. At Decorative Ceiling Tiles, we have several measurements for ceiling tiles as discussed below.

2 Feet By 2 Feet Ceiling Tiles

2 Feet By 2 Feet Ceiling Tiles

2 ft by 2 ft is the standard drop ceiling tiles size for most manufacturers. To set things straight, the sizes of ceiling tiles expressed in this article are measured from T to T in the grid system.

2 feet by 2 feet tiles expressed in inches come to 24 by 24 inches and a tile area of 4 square feet or 576 square inches. The tiles are square and fit well in a grid system with square T-bars.

Our ceiling tiles in the 2 ft by 2 feet category include faux tin ceiling tiles bestsellers like:

2 Feet x 4 Feet Ceiling Tiles

2 Feet x 4 Feet Ceiling Tiles

Two ft by 4 ft ceiling tiles are the other common size that drop ceiling tiles are available in from most suppliers. The tiles are rectangular and have an area of 8 square feet or 1,152 square inches. Measured in inches, the tiles are 24 inches by 48 inches.

Some ceiling tiles you can buy from us measuring 2 feet by 4 feet include:

24 Inch x 1 Inch Ceiling Tiles

24 Inch x 1 Inch Ceiling Tiles

Our 24 inches by 1 inch ceiling tiles are an accessory for covering seams in glue-up ceilings. The peel and stick tiles are for covering ceiling tile grids and seams and are finished in various colors that match the ceiling tiles, light fixtures, and other ceiling items.

The hand-painted and washable 24 inches by 1 inch tiles are compatible with 15/16" grids and are made of long-lasting PVC. The tiles come with a limited lifetime warranty.

24 Inch x 12 Inch Ceiling Tiles

24 Inch x 12 Inch Ceiling Tiles

Our rectangular 24-inch by 12-inch ceiling tiles have an area of 288 square inches or 2 square feet (2 feet by 1 foot).

The 24" x 12" tiles are compatible with 9/16" grid systems and measure 243/8" x 123/8" for both drop-in and nail-up installation methods.

Our 24" by 12" tiles are available in colors such as copper and aluminum. They are compatible with other surfaces like furring strips and plywood.

Some models in the 24-inch x 12-inch tile size category include:

233/4 Inch x 233/4 Inch Ceiling Tiles

23 3/4 Inch x 23 3/4 Inch Ceiling Tiles

Our 23 3/4" x 233/4" ceiling tiles have an area of 4 square feet but are marketed as 24 inches by 24 inches tiles, where the difference accounts for the ¼" projection allowance.

The PVC 23 3/4 inch x 233/4 inch tiles install on other surfaces like drywall, concrete, plywood, and plaster.

Some tiles in the 23 3/4" x 233/4" category include:

233/4 Inch x 473/4 Inch Ceiling Tiles

23 3/4 Inch x 47 3/4 Inch Ceiling Tiles

The 23 3/4" x 473/4" tiles cover 8 square feet each and are available in colors like teal, antique copper, Olympic gold, and antique bronze. The PVC vinyl plastic tiles are compatible with 15/16" T-bar ceiling systems for a durable ceiling.

In reality, the tiles are marketed as size 24 in x 48 in, with the slight difference being because of installation allowances in the grid strips that are installed before the tiles. The Valencia - FAD Hand Painted Ceiling Tiles belong to this category.

Custom Size Ceiling Tiles

Besides the above readily cut tile sizes, you can request the Decorative Ceiling Tiles team to supply you with custom size drop ceiling tiles.

The reason here is that projects vary, and so do the sizes of required tiles. If your grid system is not the usual 15/16" or 9/16", you might want custom tiles that will fit more precisely with little to no cuts and wastages.

How Thick Are Drop Ceiling Tiles

Like the length and width, the thickness of drop ceiling tiles varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. For example, some have tiles measuring 0.625 inches thick.

At Decorative Ceiling Tiles, our drop-in ceiling tiles come in various thicknesses like 0.12 inches and 0.028 inches. The thickness depends on the type and material of the tiles. For instance, the Valencia - FAD Hand Painted Ceiling Tiles are only 0.028 inches thick.

Drop Ceiling Tiles Sizes vs Grid Sizes

When it comes to installing drop ceiling tiles, you must be aware of the grid sizes applicable because the tiles you choose must be compatible with the T-bars in the grid system.

There are two drop ceiling grid sizes.

15/16" Grid

Also called the 1-inch face T-bar grid or 1-inch wide grid, the 15/16" grid system is the most common. It works well with 2 feet by 2 feet and 2 feet by 4 feet ceiling tiles.

9/16" Grid

9/16" grid systems are considered a more modern option and have become common in many places. They are also called fine line or narrow suspended ceiling tile systems.

For practicality and ease of installation, drop-in or suspended ceiling tiles are always smaller than the grid systems. For example, our tiles measure about 23 7/8" x 237/8" and 237/8" x 477/8".

The reduced tile size ensures the tiles are easy to install since you must provide room for the strips (edge trim/edge molding) that are installed before the tiles for holding them in place.

To get the number of tiles you'll need, divide the area of the ceiling by the area of each ceiling tile. It's a good idea to add a markup of about 15% to cover tiles that may be damaged during cutting and installation.

Conclusion

Now you know what drop ceiling tile sizes are available for you to choose from for your next suspended ceiling tiles project.

The tile size you choose will depend on your preferences and the nature of your project, especially the type of grid system between 15/16" and 9/16".

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