Basement ceiling options

Basement ceiling options

Best Basement Ceiling Options

Drywall Ceiling

Why a Drywall Ceiling as a Basement Ceiling Option?

Hanging drywall as a basement ceiling option has many benefits.  It is a fairly inexpensive option and doesn’t require too much skill if you want to install the dry wall yourself.   Dry wall also has some sound proofing benefits between the basement and upstairs.   Lastly, drywall has a lot of flexibility for color options.  It’s easy to change the color in the future.  The biggest downside to dry wall has to do with the lack of flexibility once the dry wall is installed.  If you need to fix or install new piping, or just have access to wiring, the dry wall will have to be removed in the area you need to access to perform the task.  Access panels can easily be installed in areas that you need to readily access.


Drywall (1/2” or 3/8”)

Drywall screws

Sander and fine grit sandpaper

Safety:  Wear goggles at all times and a dust mask while sanding.

How to Install a Drywall Basement Ceiling


Calculate the size of the room and purchase the materials you need.  Generally, you will want 3/8” or ½” thick drywall sheets.  Calculate the square footage you will need and purchase extra for scraps.

How to Hang the Drywall:

Figure out the location of the first piece of dry wall.  Mark the location of the ceiling joists and where they meet the wall.   A line drawn across  the  bottom of the drywall sheet where a joint is located will make it easy to place screws as you hang the drywall.  Also, mark out any opening, for lights, ducts, or other objects ahead of time.  Cut them out using a utility knife or saw.

Mark and make cuts on the drywall as you go, using a  utility knife to score the front of the drywall along your marks. Bend the drywall along the score. Once the drywall breaks, you will need to score the back side of the drywall to separate the two pieces

With a helper, life the piece of drywall where you want it placed.  You want to make sure the edge of the dry wall falls on the center of a ceiling joist.

Basement ceiling options

Use several screws, approximately 12” to 18” apart along the joist to hold the drywall in place.  You will want to place screws on all corners first, to help keep the drywall in place.   Do not place the screws too deeply or they will go through the drywall.  Place the screws so that the top of screw head just sits below the surface.

Repeat this until you place the entire ceiling.  Continue this same procedure for the entire ceiling.

Tapping and Mudding:

Once the drywall is in place, you can begin covering all the seams.  Use drywall tape to caver every seam where drywall pieces meet.

Using a 4-6 inch drywall knife, apply a mud or drywall cement on the joints.  You will want to run this knife at approximately a 45 degree angles over the seam.  Follow the instructions of the manufacturer for how long to let the mud dry.  Generally it takes 24 hours to dry.

Sand the seams with a light sand paper to remove imperfections along the seams.

Using the 8-inch knife, apply more mud, smooth it out along each seam, and let it dry for 24 hours before lightly sanding again.   Repeat this again with a 12-inch knife.

After sanding you will have clean transitions and hidden lines.  This will make a great basement ceiling option which will give you plenty of flexibility for coloring and decorating.

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