Are you looking for an easy way to makeover your basement ceiling? I was skeptical at first, but drop ceiling tiles were a complete game changer.
One of the reasons we purchased our home was because the basement was a huge space. We knew this basement space was going to be needed one day with kids.
However, even though it was “a finished basement” there was a lot we needed to do to fully makeover our basement space. We knew we needed to do some research for DIY basement ceiling ideas.
Drop Ceiling Tiles We Used
Ceilume Stratford Vinyl Drop Ceiling Tiles are decorative tiles that fit in existing drop ceiling racks. They are made from an eco-friendly plastic material that can easily be put into any space to makeover your drop ceilings. We used the 2′ x 2′ tiles, but they also are available in 2′ x 4′.
How To Use
I was a little nervous to take on our huge ceiling project on our own. I did have over 1000 square feet by myself.
While I am a DIY Nut, my husband also normally helps me when needed. However, this was completely done by one woman in a few days on a ladder.
Easiest Way To Measure Ceiling Tiles
Some of your tiles will simply just be replaced by the new vinyl covers. We chose to keep our old ones in or soundproofing and just slip the new ones under the tile.
You will have to measure and cut the ones that are not full tiles in your basement ceiling already.
We just lined up the old tiles with the new ones. Just be careful that you don’t cut too much away. You can always trim the new tile to fit, but can’t add back more.
How To Cut Ceiling Tiles
Yes, using a good pair of scissors (these are our favorite) was such an easy way to cut the vinyl drop ceiling covers. You can see in the above image how the edge was clean and easy to cut.
Be Careful Around Relief Spots
You just have to be a little careful around the spots that have relief as you need to slowly cut those areas so that the edge doesn’t rip.
I will link to other drop ceiling tile alternatives that you may want to consider at the end of this post.
Pros of using Ceilume Vinyl Drop Ceiling Tiles
- Super easy to install I used my favorite brand of scissors to cut the tiles when they need to be a specific shape around the edges.
- Great customer service: I did receive a few tiles that had damaged corners and they were easily replaced.
- Over 40 decorative tile designs to choose from (We went with the basic Stratford Celiume Tile)
- Easy to clean and Class A rated for Fire Safety
Cons of using Ceilume Vinyl Drop Ceiling Tiles
- The biggest con I noticed was that I needed to be 95% accurate in my cuts. If I wasn’t, then I had a few that I had to redo because it hung down after fitting in the drop ceiling track. (This only happened a few times though, because these are very easy to use).
- Even though it was an easy DIY project, it still took a lot of time on a ladder with your hands above your head…
- But on the plus side, then I guess I could say my drop ceiling makeover was also a great workout.
- Cost, while still pretty inexpensive, depending on the design you choose could be more expensive than repainting old tiles.
What happens if you miscut a vinyl tile?
In the above picture, you can see that the tile panel was cut a little too small and therefore was sagging. Our basement is large and I only did this a handful of times. If you are nervous, then you could always measure instead of using the old panel as a guide.
Cost and Where to find Ceilume Tiles
I am normally pretty good at math, however, I LOVED ordering these from Amazon because I could do it in stages and know that they would come in 2 days using Prime shipping. For my 1000 square feet plus of ceiling space, it was nice to just order the boxes of tiles as I needed.
Ceilume Stratford Vinyl Tile Review
We love that the clean white vinyl ceiling covers were able to really add to our basement makeover. That is a complete DIY win in my book! We were and are still very happy with the tiles.
Other Drop Ceiling Tiles & Stores To Consider
Since I am a DIY girl, I never purchase anything without comparing prices. Here are other brands of tiles I considered as well as other stores you can purchase Ceilume tiles at.
- Ceilume Stratford Tiles (the ones we used)
- Single Raised Panels: These appear to be slightly cheaper, but do not seem to have as much relief.
- Flamingo Panel Grid Panel Ceiling Tile
- Decorative Tin Ceiling Tiles: This is a completely different design than the white relief drop ceiling tiles I have linked to. However, depending on your style, you may LOVE this look!
Need more ideas for that 5th wall? Check out this ceiling idea post for 9 amazing ceiling transformations that are more than just paint.
When I searched for products that I thought would help me easily redo our basement, I came across several different vinyl drop ceiling panel ideas. After my research, I decided to give the Ceilume tiles a try.
We did this DIY project over 7 years ago. We have not had to replace a single tile (except the one I cut improperly to begin with). Our ceiling does not sag and the tiles are still a bright white color.
Read more>>> See how this ceiling also looks in our DIY homeschool and craft room for our children.
Remember I stated that my husband didn’t think we needed to do anything to our old, moldy drop ceiling? While guess what?
After I completely finished our DIY drop ceiling makeover on my own, he told me I was right and it was totally worth it.
How To Replace Drop Ceiling Tiles Using Ceilume Vinyl Tiles
- Take out old tile.
- If cutting is involved, line up the old tile and use a good pair of scissors to cut the vinyl.
- If no cutting is involved, then place the new vinyl tile in the grid. In our basement, we chose to keep the old tile up there for soundproofing reasons.
- Add the new ceiling tile back into the grid.
- Optional: You can cover your current grid with this product.
- There are other brands of drop ceiling tiles you could try.
- They come in different designs and sizes to fit your drop ceiling grids.
- Our ceiling has not sagged at all with leaving the old tiles.