How much does installing a suspended ceiling cost?

Often used in office buildings, schools and hospitals, suspended ceilings are now seeing a rise in popularity amongst homeowners – find out how much it costs to install one here.

installing a suspended ceiling

Suspended ceilings are common
in offices and hospitals

A suspended ceiling is hung below the main structural ceiling in a property; you may also find it is referred to as a dropped ceiling, drop ceiling or false ceiling. Since its invention by Donald A. Brown in 1958 it has become somewhat of an architectural staple in the building industry and is used widely. The area above the suspended ceiling is called the plenum space; this is because in some situations it is used for HVAC air return. That space is also often filled with piping, wiring and ductwork, which is then hidden from view by the suspended ceiling.

What are suspended ceilings made from?

A suspended ceiling is made of tiles, which come in a range of materials; you could choose to have wooden, metal, plastic or even mineral fibre tiles in your suspended ceiling. Lighting systems and HVAC air grilles can be easily installed in suspended ceilings and tiles can be cut in order to allow lights, speakers and even fire sprinkler heads to be incorporated. This allows for a lot of freedom and creativity when planning your suspending ceiling.

You should also consider choosing tiles which reflect light, especially if you live in a home with indirect lighting. Such tiles make better use of the light that is available and can therefore reduce the amount of lighting fixtures that you will need, which in the long run will help with bills and energy costs.

The humidity in any room will also influence the choice of tiles that you go for. Buildings and homes that have intermittent heating and/or cooling can often cause ceiling panels to warp, unless they are humidity resistant, so you may want to bear that in mind when looking for the right tiles.

Remember, if you are thinking about having a suspended ceiling installed in your home, you must make sure you choose one which will fit your home as well as adhering to all building regulations.

What are the benefits of a suspended ceiling?

Suspended ceilings are a popular choice for many reasons. A suspended ceiling can hide messy wires, pipes and ductwork and any other unappealing yet important features. Other benefits of having a suspended ceiling installed include:

  • Easy installation – if you are a super-competent DIY-er you could have a go at installing a suspended ceiling yourself, however for best results always hire a professional.
  • Customisable – whether you’re after wacky colours or fire resistant tiles, you can customise the ceiling to your taste.
  • Cost effective – they are far cheaper when compared to an ordinary ceiling.
  • Soundproofing – suspended ceilings make great sound barriers. So if you have a lot of noise pollution between two floors then a suspending ceiling could, at a reasonable cost, somewhat reduce that problem. You could even go for specially designed acoustical tiles which are made to absorb sound. This noise reduction will make your home a more comfortable place to live and sleep in overall.

How much does installing a suspended ceiling cost?

You will need to contact a few local ceiling companies in order to get quotes specific for your home. Most professionals will charge you by the square metre, but it really depends on the quality of the finish you want and what sort of materials you are looking at. Bearing that in mind, it could cost as little as £5 per square meter up to £100.

Ken Stone says:

What is approximate cost of constructing suspended ceiling in 3 rooms to take downlighters.

kitchen 3.1m x 2.5m

bathroom 1.8m x 2.0m

cloakroom 1.5m x 0.8 m

mjackson says:

Hi Ken. Thanks for your post.
Please feel free to fill in our Suspended ceiling form and we will aim to put you in touch with up to 4 local contractors who will each contact you in order to provide you with a free, no obligation quote on any work you need doing.

Charles Pearse says:

I would like to install suspended ceiling to my office. The total ceiling are is 326 SQ Meter. Can I have two price please for fitting only and supply and fit?

mjackson says:

Hi Charles,

We have an article titles How much does installing a suspended ceiling cost? which i would suggest you take a look at if you haven’t already as this will give you a guide prices as to how much this type of work may cost.

Should the rough costs be within your budget, we would suggest getting quotes from professional installers who will be able to give you a price on supply and fir as well as fit only.

You can do this be visiting the Servicemagic website, searching for suspended ceilings and filling in the form so that we can try and match you with local companies who will be able to help.

We hope that this helps.

Mark @ Servicemagic

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