Tips for Popcorn Ceiling Removal

A popcorn-ceiling background.
  • 4-25 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-1,000

While popcorn ceiling texture was once very popular, many people are now opting to remove it during renovations. The biggest challenge with this is the mess it creates. Follow these tips to minimize the stress and the mess.

1. Don't Remove it at All

If you have a high enough ceiling, you can actually just install a false ceiling under the popcorn texture. This does require more work and money, but it's a way to renovate with no mess whatsoever.

2. Clear the Whole Room

Don't think you can just cover your furniture before you remove a popcorn ceiling. The dust will get everywhere, and you will end up picking pieces of ceiling out of corners and crevices for months. It's worth it to spend the extra time removing everything from the room.

3. Asbestos

It's not common to find this, but older homes sometimes have asbestos in the textured ceilings. If you're concerned about this, you can scrape a very small amount of the ceiling into a bag and send it off for testing. If it has asbestos, only a professional is qualified to remove it, so you can't DIY.