False Ceilings 101: Materials, Lights,
Designs, and More.
One of the subtle ways you can amp up your home is by installing false ceilings. A false ceiling can transform the look of a space and unify all interior elements together.
Although these ceiling treatments appear straightforward, there’s so much that goes into setting them up. From materials to designs to lighting systems, there are several options you can pick from, making this entire process confusing and daunting.
To make things easier for you, we have put together a detailed false ceiling guide. We also added false ceiling design ideas for specific rooms to help you make the right decision while getting your interiors done.

What Is a False Ceiling?


As the name suggests, a false ceiling is a second ceiling that mimics the original one. It is suspended a few inches below the original ceiling with the help of metal or wooden grids called brackets.

The height of a false ceiling can vary depending on the design and the original ceiling’s height. However, a general rule of thumb is to have a minimum of 8.5 to 9 feet of headroom; we don't recommend anything below that height.

Popular False Ceiling Materials

A wide range of materials are used for false ceilings, such as wood, Plaster of Paris (POP), gypsum, glass, PVC, metal, fiber, fabric, etc. Depending on the design you want, the material you need might change. However, a handful of materials are commonly used in interiors.


Gypsum is a form of calcium that’s commonly used for false ceilings. It’s usually available as boards, ceiling tiles, and sheets. These are further cut and layered to create different false ceiling designs.

Since these are lightweight, it’s easy to install them. Gypsum ceilings also absorb heat, offer soundproofing and fireproofing, and give a smooth seamless finish.

Plaster of Paris
The second most used material for false ceilings is Plaster of Paris(POP). It is a powdered form of gypsum and because of this, it's extremely malleable. When mixed with water it can be molded into any shape and structure.
Compared to gypsum ceilings, POP false ceiling designs are cost-effective and long-lasting but are tedious to create. These are also excellent heat insulators.
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Wood falls in third place in popularity after gypsum and POP. Wooden ceilings are preferred more for aesthetics rather than durability. Wood adds the nostalgia of the traditional and wooden false ceilings are one way to combine the new with the old.