Working with Plywood Ceiling Squares

A plywood background.
  • 4-8 hours
  • Beginner
  • 200-400
What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Circular saw
Stain or paint
Air compressor with nail gun or battery-powered nail gun
Lengths of 2′×2′ wood
Glue for squares

A plywood ceiling is going to be warm and comfortable looking and will go well in a contemporary look. Plywood comes in several varieties, so you will need to choose the right look for your room.

Step 1 - Get Ready

Measure the room and get enough plywood to do it. If you are buying the squares precut, make sure they are all of the same lot number. There will be a difference in shading otherwise.

Step 2 - Measure the Room

Measure the ceiling into a grid of 2′×2′ squares to hold the tiles. You can skip this if you aren’t planning to install the tiles as part of a suspended ceiling, but rather to glue them directly to the existing ceiling. Regardless, the next step is to use a nail gun to put finishing nails around the edges of the tiles.

Step 3 - Cut the Tiles

Measure the cuts so they will be even on both sides of the room and be careful with the circular saw. Use a carpenter’s square and measure twice, cut once. The tiles are either prefinished or can be stained or painted according to your taste.