How to Install a Plywood Ceiling How to Install a Plywood Ceiling

What You'll Need
Electric stud finder
Chalk line
Panel adhesive
Pneumatic nail gun
Rubber mallet
Wood molding
Finishing Nails
Wood putty
Wood stain
Putty knife
Sand paper
Lint free cloth
Drop cloth

Installing a plywood ceiling in your home adds visual appeal to your home. Plywood ceilings create natural feel in your house for a small amount of money.

When choosing the plywood, always select high quality wood for the best results. Use plywood panels that are .5-inches thick or slimmer to guarantee easy installation.

Measure the the ceiling to determine how many panels will be needed. Often, you can have the panels cut to size for little cost at the lumberyard or home improvement store where you purchase the plywood.

Step 1 - Locate the Ceiling Joists

Use the stud finder to locate all ceiling joists and mark the location with a pencil. Mark the joist by snapping a chalk line across the ceiling. The plywood will be installed perpendicular to the joists.

Step 2 - Plywood Installation

Glue the precut plywood in place using panel adhesive. Apply the adhesive to the plywood in a thin serpentine patterned line. Place plywood on the ceiling pushing it against the edge. Use the pneumatic nail gun to put the plywood in place. Place the nails where you marked the ceiling joist.

Continue this process for each plywood panel, using a rubber mallet to butt the panels as close together as possible.

Step 3 - Wood Molding

Place construction adhesive on the back of the precut wood molding. Align the molding with the edge of the ceiling. Use finishing nails to fasten it in place.

Step 4 - Sanding and Prep

Fill all nail holes with wood putty using a small putty knife. When the putty has completely dried, use sandpaper to smooth any imperfections in the wood and the putty. Use a soft cloth to remove any dust from sanding.

Step 5 - Apply Wood Stain

Place a drop cloth. Use lint free cloth to apply stain to the ceiling according to the manufacturer's directions. Saturate the cloth with stain and use long, even strokes to apply stain to the ceiling. Once you begin staining, do not stop until the job is completed to ensure that the stain is even.

Use a small paint brush to apply stain to the molding and seams. Apply a second coat if needed, focusing on areas that appear lighter. Once the stain is completely dry, apply a clear coat to seal the plywood.

Other Considerations

A plywood ceiling is typically installed for decorative purposes. They are commonly used as a drop or recessed ceiling. The plywood sections will not withstand the same type of weight.

Something as simple as hanging a light fixture can cause strain on this type of ceiling. A plywood ceiling is good for closets and other small spaces that won't require any heavy fixtures.

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