Is it Hard to Install Your Own Ceiling Tiles?

It’s easy to find people willing to install ceiling tiles, but if you’re comfortable on a ladder, you may want to consider doing it yourself. The job is simple enough that most people can do the job in a short period of time and get excellent results. Here are some tips from Armstrong and other ceiling tile manufacturers:

If you get Armstrong tiles, the job may only require three steps. That’s because they have a system they call Easy Up, which takes some of the work out of it. This is a great choice for DIY ceiling tiles. The first step is to install metal tracks to the ceiling joists. These need to be installed evenly, so be sure to measure! Once the tracks are in place, install holding clips in strategic places. Finally, just slide the tiles into the clips. That’s it!

Those who have done DIY projects before may wonder what the catch is. After all, many things seem simple but turn out to require the mastery of a few tricks. With track-based ceiling tile systems, the biggest trick is going to be to get those tracks in the right positions. If they’re too close together, the tiles won’t fit in between them; if they’re too far apart, the tiles will just fall down. Keeping the tracks parallel will be even trickier. It’ll be hard to get visual perspective from up on a ladder, so taking measurements all along the length of the track will be essential for both of these goals.

If you’re not using tiles with the Easy Up system or an equivalent, you’ll need to do more work. Even so, the principle is basically the same. Standard ceiling tiles don’t come with any tracks or clips, so you’ll need to use strips of wood combined with staples or adhesive to do the same thing. Attaching the wood strips follows the same principle as track installation. Once those are in place, the tiles will need to be connected to the strips. For tiles where a continuous surface is needed, use adhesive. If the tiles have places for staples or nails, attach them that way.

Overall, the hardest part of the job will be standing on a ladder and working overhead. For anyone who can meet this physical requirement, the project should be simple and quick.