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Coffered Ceilings
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Coffered Ceilings

Coffered ceilings tender an unparalleled elegance for your home. The fact that coffered ceilings are ideal for so many styles of homes, is exactly what makes them so popular. If you enjoy the look of a coffered ceiling but do not have one in your abode, you can easily construct one by implementing a sequence of beams, helping to produce an ideal design.

For some time now, people have reflected back on the idea that a coffered ceiling may only be constructed with beams being firmly bolted into the ceiling joists to produce a solid and secure frame. In reality, you do not have to bolt anything to the joists. You should implement u-shaped supports along with real or faux beams that can be both, glued and nailed up to the ceiling plane. Not only is this secure, it tends to look much better too.

If you opt to create your own coffered ceiling, you can do so in one of three ways:

  1. Cross-shaped by the junction of two beams
  2. Straight sections for larger coffers occurring at mid span
  3. T-shaped by the junction of the ceiling and walls in which one beam rests on another beam

Supports are produced from economical finger-jointed stock. These supports are easy to manipulate and are ideal when using both nails and glue. You should not use medium-density fiberboard, otherwise noted as MDF or plywood. This material is hefty and has a problem splitting when edge nailed. Remember, support beams do not have to be continual. By following these parameters, the beams will be both, easier and lighter to handle, as well they will keep in a straight line.

To start, the layout lines need to be snapped with a chalk line. Upon completion of the layout lines, the supports should be fastened to the ceiling drywall with the use heavy-duty adhesive designed specifically for construction work. Next, use 8d finish nails to ensure that your supports are attached securely to the joists. The adhesive will need a while to dry, so as it does, use cross nails, securing your supports to your drywall.

Before being put up to the ceiling any molding should be pre-assembled. Using hollow supports is an easy way to keep the beams flowing nice and straight. In addition, hollow supports will help the coffers keep square, which in turn, makes it easier to put the layers of the coffer together while on the ground, just before installation.

For the trim, start by gluing the corners. You may need the use of spring clamps to hold the corners in place while placing brad nails into the back sides. These steps not only save time, but they also give you a strong and secure creation once the crown sectionals are fastened to both the joists and to the sides of the beams.

Finally, you can take a satisfying comfort once the main support is in place. You can dress up the design easily without added expense or without having to buy more material simply by creating beaded designs or scrolls to put onto your coffer. The coffered ceiling is not only a fun and soothing project but it will also add an amazing difference to your home that you can share with family and friends.

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