Basement ceiling options

Old 03-30-22, 12:07 PM
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Basement ceiling options

building room in basement- Don't like the idea of drop ceiling or sheet rock for ceiling. Saw some pics of people using wainscoting or beadboard with pine for trim. I love the look- but it looks like most of these were installed over an existing sheet rock ceiling. I am concerned it will not look as good over the floor joists there now. Not sure if it will lay as flat or look wavy. Anyone have any experience or thought on this?
Old 03-30-22, 02:02 PM
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For our basement we used a product from Armstrong called Country Plank, it's made of similar material as drop ceiling panels but in a tongue and groove application.

Actually it's not recommended to be installed directly to joists but I modified that by adding furring strips and gluing and stapling them in place which work great!

Old 03-30-22, 02:11 PM
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It will only look wavy if the framing is wavy. All you would have to do is check it with a long level (78") and see if there are any humps or dips as you check the ceiling from place to place.

If it is wavy you would likely want to add perpendicular furring, (such as 1x3 or 1x4 flat) which you would shim as needed to make the ceiling flat.
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Flat black paint over the framing is done with some frequency as well.

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