If you’re considering finishing your basement in the near future, and you’re working with a limited budget, you’ll need to do a bit of planning to make sure everything looks great and can keep functional for quite some time. One of the areas that is most often left out in the planning stages is the ceiling of the basement. And while this is certainly understandable, there are a number of ways to finish a basement ceiling without breaking the bank. Here are a few ideas on how to finish a basement ceiling on the cheap.
Sometimes the best way to finish a basement ceiling is to use what the room is already giving you, and just add a few accents here and there or a bit of paint to tie it all together. And when space is a bit limited overall like in a raised ranch home, it pays to make the most of what you have. If you’re going for a rustic look, or a more industrial theme in your basement area, this can be a great way to bring everything together. Instead of hiding all that unsightly duct work or piping, why not highlight it instead? A bit of paint and some strategic lighting will not only give your ceiling a unique look, but it is also extremely easy to do. Plus, if there is ever a problem, chances are it’s an easy fix.
Of course, sometimes those unsightly things snaking across your ceiling are really that unsightly. So why not hide them? The same soffit material that can be used to protect the underside of your roof during the harsh New Jersey winters can offer a great way to hide your duct work from your guests. And you know that it can withstand just about anything that your family can throw at it during your years enjoying the basement bedroom. Plus this material comes in a wide range of styles and colors to match nearly any decor.
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Put it Together in a Snap
It’s truly amazing the different kinds of material that can be used to finish a basement ceiling while on a budget. In fact, many of the techniques and materials used on the walls can be used just as easily on the ceiling with a bit of ingenuity. One example of this is the tongue and grove paneling that is often used on walls to give a polished look. Why not use these same materials on the ceiling? If your ceiling has ample flat spaces, with a minimal amount of piping or duct work, this can be a fantastic way to bring everything together. And you don’t even have to use the same paneling you did on your basement walls. In fact, using the ceiling as an “accent wall” in the room by using a shade darker or lighter can be a great way to add a decorative element into the room. Another nice thing about these panels is that depending on the material used, they can withstand a lot of abuse. And while it’s doubtful that they will have to deal with as much as your walls, if you have kids, you know that the the possibilities are endless when it comes to the wear and tear on your basement.
Consider Using Tiles
We’ve all seen those suspended ceilings in finished basements. And while they are certainly a very affordable option, their popcorn like texture or plasterboard feel doesn’t always mesh with the rooms decor. Thankfully there are still quite a few budget friendly options available that can help give you that finished look.
The first option to consider in the tile arena is laminate or PVC tiles. Not only are they highly resistant to damage and normal wear and tear, but they can be found in just about any style or color that you can imagine. Plus, they can be easily installed using a suspended ceiling technique or simply attached to the ceiling itself with the tongue and groove type that you can find at most hardware stores. While the suspension system for the tiles for a drop ceiling might set you back a few hundred, the tiles won’t be any more expensive then the acoustical ones often seen.
Another tiling option that is often overlooked when it comes to ceiling are tin or metal tiles. These tiles are often lightweight, easy to install, and add a great sense of sophistication to any room. And unless your guests can reach up and touch the ceiling, chances are they won’t even know that they are a thinner version of the real thing. Having some great tiled walls on a huge shower on the budget is also a great thing .
Of course, if you’re okay with the idea of giving your ceiling a faux finish, another great option for ceiling tiles are those created from Styrofoam materials. These tiles are lightweight, can help dampen the sound of the room, come in a wide range of colors and sizes, and you can easily use them to finish a ceiling for under $100.
Don’t Forget About Wallpaper
Did you think that wall paper was only for walls? Actually wall paper is one of the cheapest, and most versatile options when it comes to finishing your basement ceiling. Not only are there thousand of different colors and patterns available, but the cost per square foot is only a few dollars instead of a few dozen.
A Medallion Can be a Great Addition
If your basement ceiling is pretty much finished with plasterboard, but you want to add something just a little bit extra, you might want to consider adding a ceiling medallion. Once the territory of the rich and wealthy, and made of extremely heavy plasterboard, this decorative accent piece is often made from much lighter, and much cheaper plastic or epoxy resin. It can be easily installed by yourself, and depending on your style it can certainly add quite a bit of originality to your basement ceiling.
Of course, there are quite a few ceiling solutions available when you’re on a budget and want to finish your basement ceiling. These are just a few of the many options that you should explore when turning your basement area into a great living space.