False Ceiling: Yes or No?
If you are in two minds about installing a false ceiling, this should help you make up your mind
1. Hides the electricals
It provides the best camouflage for electrical wiring, ducts and pipes meant for cooling and heating devices, lighting fixtures, sprinklers and so on, giving the ceiling a neat, homogeneous look.
A false ceiling is the best way to introduce ambient lighting into a room. Be they recessed lights, cove lights or track lights, the false ceiling makes all of these possible.
Tip: Encase LED lights in the suspended ceiling and kill two birds with one stone – not only will your electricity consumption drastically drop, you won’t need lighting on the walls.
The air cavity behind the false ceiling provides good sound insulation, thus reducing echoes and external noise, making the room quieter.
By lowering the ceiling, especially in a high-ceilinged room, it makes a room feel more cosy and intimate – ideal for living spaces.
The insulating effect caused by the air trapped between the actual ceiling and the false one reduces heat in hot weather, thus lowering your electrical bills. It also improves the performance of air conditioners, thanks to the smaller space and the insulated ceiling.
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1. Haven for pests
If not sealed on all sides or not treated for pests intermittently, false ceilings can turn out to be a breeding ground for unwanted organisms.
Unlike the roof that your home came with, a false ceiling needs to be gauged properly for strength and durability before hanging anything from it.
A dropped ceiling is inadvisable in a room that’s less than 2.28 metres in height, as it can make the space appear closed in and claustrophobic.
Tip: Factor in the gap between the roof and the false ceiling (minimum 15 centimetres) plus the thickness of the dropped ceiling when you decide to install one.
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I’d give it a resounding yes, space and budget permitting. A false ceiling is the best way to play around with the design and aesthetics of a room – and what a large canvas it is! A mass of ‘dead space’ waiting to be designed in different shapes, in a myriad of materials and embellished as you please – what’s not to love!
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