False Ceilings Explained: What are They and How to Build One

bathroom with dropped ceiling and downlights
(Image credit: John Cullen Lighting)

There are several reasons why building false ceilings – also known as suspended ceilings – can be necessary.

They are actually a really useful solution to a number of issues thrown up by renovation projects and can usually be quickly and cost-effectively constructed — often on a DIY basis. This type of ceiling can also be used to conceal lighting, extractor fans and so on, or even as an architectural feature in their own right.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.