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Drop Ceiling Idea You Don’t Want to Miss: Ceilume Vinyl Tiles Review

Easily makeover your basement ceiling with new drop ceiling tiles

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 spruce it up, including figuring out an easy way to do an easy drop ceiling makeover with this drop ceiling idea.

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What are Ceilume Stratford Vinyl Tiles?

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 for in 2′ x 4′.

Vinyl Tiles are an EASY way to update your drop ceilings

I was a little nervous to take on our huge ceiling project on our own. I did have over 1000 square feet that I was going to do myself. When I said our basement was a large space, I wasn’t lying. While I am a DIY Nut, my husband also normally helps me when needed.

At first, he did not buy into needing to redo our old musty and fiber panel ceiling. It seriously made me cringe…So I knew that I was on my own to do this basement ceiling makeover project.

When I searched for products that I thought would help me easily redo our basement, I came across the Ceilume website. After my research, I decided to give them a try. It is awesome that you can find boxes of these tiles on Amazon. I just ordered one box on Amazon Prime first (try a 30-day Amazon FREE trial here).

You may want to shop around. You are also able to order a box of Celiume tiles from this big box store, so check out the price.

(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

  • 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

Drop Ceiling Makeover Ideas using ceilume tiles

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.

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.

Therefore, for my 1000 square feet plus of ceiling space, it was nice to just order the boxes of tiles as I needed. Here is the link to the Ceilume website with other places and costs for the different types of tiles you may want to get.

Ceilume Stratford Vinyl Tiles were a great Drop Ceiling Idea

We love that the clean white vinyl ceiling covers were able to really add to our basement makeover (which you can see the whole basement makeover here).

Ceilume Vinyl Drop Ceiling Tiles used in drop ceiling makeover

That is a complete DIY win in my book!

Other Drop Ceiling Tiles to Consider

Since I am a DIY girl, I never purchase anything without comparing prices. So here are other brands of tiles I considered as well as other stores you can purchase Ceilume tiles at.

Amazon

Ceilume Stratford Tiles (the ones we used)

Genesis Icon Relief Tiles: Appear to be more expensive, but a great alternative to consider to the Ceilume counterpart.

Home Depot

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!

What is your favorite way to update a space? Is there something you once did that you were not sure would make such an impact, but did?

Need more ideas for that 5th wall? Check out this ceiling idea post.

Remember I stated that my husband didn’t think we needed to do anything to our old, moldy drop ceiling? While guess what?

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After I completely FINISHED our DIY drop ceiling makeover on my OWN, he told me I was right and it was totally worth it.

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Paul Chalmers

Thursday 11th of February 2021

I love your basement with the updated drop ceiling and thin tiles. Question: Could the grids be then covered with the armstrong clip on Stylestix covers, as my grid is rather dirty? Or would it push up the tiles so that they were not flush. Or could I hold up the new thin tiles with the covers, to avoid squeezing in the tiles below the old fibreglass ones, as I only have a little wiggle room above the tiles.

Erin

Saturday 13th of February 2021

Hi Paul. Since we did not use the grid covers I cannot answer this based on personal experience. However, when I was decided if I was going to keep our current off-white ceiling grid, I looked into that product and it appears that they would just clip. From the images I have seen, the tiles still rest in the grid and the Stylestix hang down in your space. You may also want to check out this item and read the q and a's to see if this might be a cheaper option. I would love to know what you find out.

Lorra

Monday 24th of August 2020

Did you have an issue with the weight of the old tiles being too heavy for the new tiles? I’ve been reading that leaving the old tiles above the new (for sound and insulation) can cause you to lose the relief.

Erin

Saturday 29th of August 2020

Hi Lorra. I was nervous about this as well. I would say our ceiling still looks the same as it did when these pictures were taken. So the relief design on the drop ceiling tiles has held up in my opinion. The only place we had a problem is where I had to cut the tiles and made one too small and the drop ceiling tile didn't completely fit in the track. That small one sags, but not because of the tile above it, but because of my mistake.

Jordan

Sunday 21st of June 2020

What adhesive did you use?

Erin

Monday 22nd of June 2020

Hi. I did not use adhesive to attach the ceiling tiles but rested them in the hanging rails (drop ceiling system) that we already had in place.

Kayla

Monday 11th of May 2020

What did you do with the squares that were lights? I’m

Erin

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Our grids worked around the lights. So we just added the Ceilume tiles in grids around the lights. I hope that makes sense.

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