How to Frame a Ceiling Soffit How to Frame a Ceiling Soffit
The framing that needs to be installed when building a ceiling soffit is the most technical, and complicated, part of this project, but any homeowner that has some time and basic carpentry knowledge can easily accomplish it.
Step 1: Mark the Ceiling Joists
Begin by finding the ceiling joists. They are normally 12 inches apart, but it is a good idea to use a stud finder to be accurate. Draw a line all the way around the room, making sure that the lines form a uniform pattern.
Step 2: Install the Cleats
Cut some 2 x 2‘s and attach them to the lines that run perpendicular to the walls using 3 inch screws. With these two hung, you measure the distance between them and cut the next 2 x 2 pieces. Secure them into place with screws as before.
Step 3: Hang the Ledgers
Make a line 8 inches down from the ceiling all the way around the walls. Screw 2 x 4‘s into place, making sure to line up the bottom of the board with the lines that you made.
This is all there is too framing in a ceiling soffit. Whether you are planning to build soffits throughout a room, or just along a side or two, the steps are the same except for only completing them on the walls where you want them.