Beadboard Ceiling | Panels Planks And Cost Simplified

Basically, a beadboard type ceiling is a paneling of the ceiling area with the help of wooden strips. Usually, beadboard ceiling panels are used for the interiors, but it can also be used for the patios, galleries, gazebos and sun rooms. It can definitely give a touch of unique yet modern interior decoration. The beadboard ceiling can provide enticing look to the cottage styled homes. It can also be installed in the kitchen and bathroom to give an exclusive look to the home. The beadboard ceiling can also be used with the beadboard panels for the walls to give a complete new interior look to the home. Moreover, the beadboard panels can also be painted to match the interior colour of the home.

Different Styles of Beadboard Ceiling 

There are two main types of beadboard ceiling styles and various types of finish options.

Tongue and Groove

It is a traditional style of beadboard ceiling. It this style the smaller strips is hammered together with the rubber mallet for the seamless transition between the lengths of boards. The rubber mallets are used between the boards for the expansion and contraction of boards in response to the condition of weather. Also, the installation of the tongue and groove panel is cheaper and easier.

Beadboard Sheets

Recently, use of beadboard sheets has increased for the beadboard ceiling due to its easy to install methods. The beadboard sheets are the large wood sheets, which are simple nailed on the ceiling. The wood used to manufacture the beadboard sheets are usually of low cost. Sometimes, engineered woods are also used for the manufacture of beadboard sheets. This type of beadboard ceiling is ideal for the basement to hide the plumbing lines and wiring.

Installation of Beadboard Ceiling

Following are the steps that can help you to install beadboard ceiling easily. 

First Step- The first step of beadboard ceiling includes measuring of ceiling surface to determine how many beadboard planks are required. The most common measurement of beadboard planks is 8 feet long, 3 ½ inch wide and 5/16 inch thick.

Second Step- The second step includes staining and painting of beadboard planks before attaching them to ceiling.

Third Step- It includes removing of drywall from the ceiling to locate the ceiling joists. If you don’t want to remove the drywall then you can use a stud finder to locate ceiling joists.

Fourth Step- The fourth step of beadboard ceiling includes placing of beadboard planks at right angles to the ceiling joists.  Now, run caulk lines on all the ceiling joists.

Fifth Step- Now, hammer the first beadboard plank into the place with 4d finishing nail. You must first hammer the grooved edge of plank against the wall. It will make your work easier.

Sixth Step- The sixth step includes drilling of pilot holes through the beadboard plank’s face next to the wall. Now nail the edge of the ceiling joists.

Seventh Step- It includes fitting of the groove end of the second plank under the first beadboard plank’s tongue. Now, nail the second beadboard plank with help of nail set. Repeat this step until you reach to the fitting of the last plank.

Eighth Step- If the last plank is too wide to fit then you need to cut it. Therefore, measure the proper width of the space on the ceiling and cut the plan with the help of circular saw. Now, fit the last plank groove over the previous plank and drill pilot holes through its face, and nail it to the edge of joists.

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