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Do It Yourself or Not: Install a coffered ceiling system

Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Content Agency on

A coffered ceiling system is a striking feature that makes a design statement in a room that calls attention to the ceiling. The coffered tiles are an architectural element that appears as a sunken panel in the shape of a square or rectangle. The 24-inch square panels add a rich look of luxury and warmth. Designers often call the ceiling the fifth wall in a room because of the large space it covers. On the practical side, the panels can be a coverup and conceal a damaged or not-so-perfect surface.

A contractor will charge $2,100, including labor and material, to install a coffered ceiling system in a 12-by-15-foot room. A homeowner with carpentry experience and tools can buy the material for $1,300 and install the ceiling and save 38% by doing the job.

Armstrong’s Easy Elegance line of coffered ceilings include both deep or shallow coffers in black and white set into a suspended grid which allows access. A regular shape is an edge detail that minimizes a grid look. Their website, www.armstrong.com, has a gallery of photos to get you started, instructions to download, videos to take you through the process and a materials calculator to determine what you need.

This is not a trivial do-it-yourself project, because the job involves several steps. The job phases are planning the layout, installing the wall molding and grid system of fasteners and hanger wires, beams and tees, and then squaring it up and installing the grid. The panels go in last to complete the job.

This appears to be a pricey upgrade (which it is), but it’s a long-term investment you’ll enjoy for years to come.

 

Pro Cost: $2,100 — DIY Cost: $1,300
Pro time: 27.3 — DIY Time: 40.0
DIY Savings: $800 — Percent Saved: 38%

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To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com and m.diyornot.com on smartphones.

©2022 Gene and Katie Hamilton. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

 

 

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