The usual basement ceiling is a maze of duct work, wires, bracing and pipes. But concealing these unsightly systems would lend your basement an instant face lift. Below are some crafty ways to hide your basement ceiling’s eyesores and turn it into a space that’s nice to hang out in.
Opt for panels and drywall.
If your ceiling doesn’t have obstructions under the joists, you could opt for paneling or dry walling. You could go with individual tongue and groove pine boards or the standard decorative wall paneling sheets.
While individual boards could cost you a bit more, it’s very easy to install, more aesthetically pleasing, durable, and lightweight. Sheet panels are likewise easy to install, but you would need to figure out how to finish the seams of the panels’ endpoints.
Drywall is also a viable option, but you’ll need help installing it if you don’t have experience it.
Use paint to conceal everything.
Among the cheapest and fastest ways to make a basement ceiling look finished is simply to paint it. Having a monochromatic ceiling mask the duct work and pipes gives it that chic industrial vibe that’s trending right now.
When taking the DIY route, opt for a paint sprayer for easier and more even application, especially in covering nooks and crannies.
Consider a suspended ceiling.
Suspended ceilings, also known as drop ceilings, could cover duct work and pipes in your basement ceiling completely.
A suspended ceiling is basically composed of a metal grid suspended on wires connected to joists and acoustical panels for the outermost surface. The panels come in all sorts of finishes and materials, from mineral to acrylic fiber, pressed metal and classic wood.
If your basement ceiling has duct work or pipes that are below the joists, you could work around them using box beams or soffits.
Before doing anything, however, consult an HVAC expert or plumber to figure out whether moving pipes and duct work would be easier and cost-effective than trying to build around them.