T-Bar Ceiling Installation Tips

t bar ceiling
  • 8-40 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 1000-12,000
What You'll Need
T-Bar suspension system
Light ceiling tiles
Tape measure
Graph paper
Step Ladder
A Helper

To hide your structural ceiling or light fixtures, or just to create a different visual atmosphere in the room, a suspended T-Bar ceiling might provide the look you want. Before installing this type of drop ceiling, there are a few things you should know.

Basic Parts

To install a ceiling, you are tasked with combining two basic elements: light ceiling tiles and a T-Bar suspension system. If there are fixtures attached to the structural ceiling of the room, the tiles must be suspended at a minimum of six inches below them.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to install the One Face T-Bar grid suspension system. The light tiles must be suspended from the grid using no impediments in case of fire. That means no clips or fasteners can hold them in place.


After your grid is in place, you have to determine the layout of the ceiling tiles. Measure the area of the ceiling exactly by multiplying the length by the width. Ceiling tiles come in many sizes, but they can also be cut to size. For example, if the room has ceiling dimensions of 10x20-feet, you will need to cover 200 square feet of space. It helps to draw it out on graph paper. Calculate how many ceiling tiles you will need and if you need to cut any to size.

It’s smart to have a few extra tiles in case of error. Installing a drop ceiling requires precise measurements and several calculations, followed by the physical placement of the tiles. If you take care to be precise, you can install it yourself without a hitch.