Designing interior space is as important as the exterior structure and a False ceiling is one interior element that makes a difference in the feel of the space.
But does it serve only for the aesthetics? Or, is there a functional side to it?
With the advent of concrete structures and time where cost overrides the design traditional ceiling has lost its significance. In this major shift of the design world, False ceilings have been the ideal way of perceiving the return of the traditional ceiling in a more sophisticated and modern way.
A false ceiling in simple terms is a fitted ceiling that hangs below the original ceiling of a room or home. It’s usually suspended by wooden or metal frames and the illusion it brings of a lower ceiling, sometimes with parts of the original ceiling on display, has earned it the moniker ‘dropped ceiling.’
False ceiling is the ceiling created under the main slab of the room to enhance the aesthetics or for its acoustic or thermal properties. If traditional ceilings were built using wood, the false ceilings are mostly made using gypsum boards today. Rock sand and fiber cement are also used to make these ceiling boards.
Used essentially for Lighting, concealing wires, soundproofing, fire safety, energy efficiency and to help in moisture resistance. Apart from enhancing the aesthetics at times, it is used for acoustic or thermal properties.
Popular Materials in False Ceilings
● It is lightweight, soft, fire-resistant,
● It has sound and thermal insulation properties
● The finishing touches can be done with paints, laminates or textures
● It is used majorly for external false ceilings
● It is available in various shapes and sizes
● The Installation can be costly due to high manpower cost
PVC - Polyvinyl Chloride Panels
● Effective for areas that are damp – including your bathroom, kitchen, basement or garage
● Exposure to water does not cause any distortion of affect the look of false ceiling
● It has a great finish with appealing aesthetics
Calcium Silicate Board
● It is an extremely fire-resistant material
● Functionality is also very eye-catching with its unique patterns and designs.
● They are not affected by moisture, water and can withstand extreme temperatures
● Lightweight calcium silicate does not transmit or boost sound vibrations hence is good for sound absorption
Type of False ceiling designs
Single-layered False Ceiling
This type of false ceiling is eye-grabbing and is used as a design trick to distract from small spaces where not much décor is created. They have used to up-tone the room without doing much. Generally, these ceilings are left white washed but as per personal choice, there are varieties of colors, textures, shapes available in this.
Multi-layered False Ceiling
This type of ceiling opens up new avenues for interior lighting. This type of ceiling is especially used in living rooms, family rooms creating drama and a feeling of grandeur. At the edges, these ceilings help make the space look wider.
Plus-Minus POP False Ceiling
Constructed completely out of POP, the ceiling design is where there are elements projecting or protruding out of a regular false ceiling. This trend is more on the elaborate side, so be sure to factor in existing decor plans and the amount of space you have before playing around with this idea.
Coffered False Ceiling
This type is used to create an illusion of a Higher ceiling. Sunken square boxy panels fixed into the ceiling are termed as coffers. Apart from a height this type of ceiling also creates the illusion of multiple dimensions within one room.
Cost Calculation of false ceiling:
Design: The cost of a false ceiling depends on the complexity of the Design
Quality: Higher quality material pays off as it offers higher return on investment (ROI), it will last for longer time and reduce on the cost of replacement of false ceiling
Additional cost: Finishes, fittings, cutting, lighting, accents all is included in this category
Pros and Cons of a False Ceiling
Acoustics: For living rooms, home theatre and AV rooms this is a great option as adding an additional layer to the original ceiling will give a better acoustical effect
Concealing Wires: Lights, wires, pipes can be concealed, and false ceiling can give a neat clean appearance to the room
Lowering the height: False ceiling can help proportionate the volume of space by lowering the height of the room. This is done to scale the room in respect to all three dimensions.
Thermal Insulation: In colder regions, a false ceiling acts as a thermal insulating feature to some extent. An additional layer to the ceiling creates a gap between the ceiling and the exposed external surface and controls the temperature from getting extremely low.
Risk of hidden Dampness: The damps that are hidden under false ceilings can spread over time and affect the original ceiling badly
Maintenance: Cleaning & Maintenance of false ceiling has to be considered as there are chances of dirt & dust accumulation in intricate design details.
False ceiling to an existing or new inter design place enlivens the space. It creates an ambiance and makes the space look elegant.