False Ceilings: Pros and Cons
False ceilings used to be in stuffy offices, but things have changed since then. They are also known as suspended or dropped ceilings, and they have slowly but steadily made their way into the homes of city dwellers. They aren’t going anywhere. Still, they are one of the least understood and most underused parts of interior design. Before we do it, we weigh the pros and cons of tearing down an adequate concrete ceiling and putting up a new one.
- It keeps the wires out of sight.
It gives the ceiling a clean, uniform look by hiding electrical wiring, ducts, and pipes for cooling and heating systems, lighting fixtures, and sprinklers.
- It provides adequate lighting from above.
Putting in a false ceiling is the best way to add lighting to a room. False ceilings are the only way to put in recessed, cove, and track lighting.
Put LED lights in the suspended ceiling to save money on electricity and get rid of the need for wall lights.
- It improves the sound quality.
The air cavity in the false ceiling reduces outside noise and echoes, making it easier to focus in a quieter place.
- It creates an inviting atmosphere.
Reduce the ceiling height to make high-ceilinged living rooms more intimate and comfortable.
- It encourages energy conservation.
You’ll save money on your utility bills thanks to an insulating effect caused by the air trapped between the actual ceiling and the false one. Due to the smaller space and insulated ceilings, air conditioners perform better.
- It may harbor pests.
False ceilings can become a breeding ground for pests if they are not sealed on all sides and treated for insects every so often.
- There is a risk that the fixtures installed will fall.
It’s crucial to test the strength and durability of a false ceiling before hanging anything from it, as opposed to the real one that came with your house.
- It lowers the room’s height.
A dropped ceiling is not recommended in a room with a ceiling height of fewer than 7.5 feet because it can make the space appear confined and claustrophobic.
When deciding whether or not to put one in, think about how far the roof is from the false ceiling (at least 6 inches) and how thick the dropped ceiling is.
So, what about it?
We’d say yes if there were a room and money for it. A false ceiling is the best way to play around with a room’s design and look, and it’s a big canvas.
What’s not to like about a lot of dead space you can shape, materialize, and decorate?