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How To Do Installation of Suspended False Ceilings Materials

A dropped ceiling or false ceiling is a secondary ceiling, hung below the main (structural) ceiling. It may also be referred to as a drop ceiling, T-bar ceiling, false ceiling, suspended ceiling, grid ceiling, drop in ceiling, or drop out ceiling and is a staple of modern construction and architecture in both residential and commercial applications.

How To Install False Ceiling Materials

A typical dropped false ceiling consists of a grid-work of metal channels in the shape of an upside-down “T”, suspended on wires from the overhead structure. These channels snap together in a regularly spaced pattern of cells. Each cell is then filled with lightweight ceiling tiles or “panels” which simply drop into the grid. The primary grid types are “Standard 1″ (15/16 face), Slimline (9/16” grid), and concealed grid.

In the United States the cell size in the false ceiling suspension grids is typically either 2 ft × 2 ft or 2 ft × 4 ft and the ceiling tiles are the same size. In Europe the cell size in the suspension grids is 600×600 mm, while the ceiling tiles are slightly smaller at 595mm x 595mm or 595mm x 1195mm.

Equipment Required For Installation of Suspended false Ceilings Materials

  • Leveling Instruments
  • Line dory
  • Cutting Tool
  • Measuring tape
  • Spirit level
  • Screw driver
  • Drilling Machine
  • Hammer
  • Wire Cutter
  • Nail Gun with cartridge
  • Mobile scaffolds
  • ladders

Preparatory Works for false ceiling

  • Ensure that materials, samples, shop drawing and method statement for the installation of false ceiling is submitted and approved by the Engineer.
  • Aluminum tiles plain and perforated and gypsum plaster tiles of specified type and thickness shall be used.
  • Mock up of suspended false ceiling systems shall be arranged at location designated by the client for the final approval.
  • Approved Mock Up and sample shall be available at site and the materials delivered to site shall be checked with respect to the approved sample.
  • Ensure materials delivered in original packaging, bearing name of manufacturer and product.
  • Ensure that materials are stored in an enclosed area and protected from damages.
  • Ensure that Plaster works and painting work shall be done up to the required height.
  • Verify Layout of false ceiling tiles showing the position of cut tiles, pattern, etc are approved by the Engineer.
  • Ensure that setting out of fixing of MEP services and ceiling suspension system shall be similarly coordinated.
  • Ensure that MEP services have been installed and clearance obtained from the concerned department.
  • Proper working platform shall be provided for the safe access of works.

False Ceiling Procedure


  • False Ceiling height in each area shall be marked in relation to the elevation of bench marks & transferred by water level
  • Powder coated angles as per approved materials and section details of false ceilings will be fixed on level markings with screws and plugs
  • The grids shall be laid out as per reflected ceiling layout.
  • All setting out shall be carried out according to the working / shop drawing.
  • The hangers will be installed according to spacing and level required.
  • Main –T-sections as per approved materials will then be tied to hangers at sufficient intervals
  • Cross T-BAR will then be fixed in between all the Main-T-sections to its lock position perpendicular to it at sufficient intervals
  • Leveling shall be carried out to prevent any subsequent download movement.
  • During these installation process MEP items installed were to be taken care, ensuring no damages.
  • Where hangers cannot be fixed at the recommended spacing due to the presence of services, equipment or other obstructions, a sub-grid of appropriate span & performance shall be used with prior permission from the Customer.
  • It shall be securely supported to prevent lateral movement.
  • Access panels and MEP opening location to be determined and set according to approved shop drawings details.
  • MEP clearance shall be obtained prior to commencing ceiling tile /gypsum board works.
  • Upon completion of framing work including final adjustment to ensure entire suspension is level, the ceiling boards were then be fixed up at proper intervals.
  • Air terminal devices like grills or similar equipment shall be incorporated in the ceiling as specified.
  • After ensuring the ceiling boards/tiles were installed accordingly and acceptable flatness, sealing up of joints will proceed.
  • Final inspection for the false ceiling works will be made by the Engineer and contractor and to be rectified to any comments given by them.