Decorative Drop Ceiling Tiles for Suspended Ceilings

What do you see when you picture a drop ceiling? Some people picture unimaginative and drab tiles fitted together to cover the space. Decorative drop ceiling tiles for suspended ceilings are a much more attractive and stylish way to cover a dull suspended ceiling and offer many benefits in function and style.

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The Value of Drop-In Decorative Ceiling Tiles

If you want the look of an old-time tin ceiling in your home but are concerned that your existing ceiling needs to be more level or might need to provide more support, consider a drop-in decorative ceiling tile system.

You might think you've never seen a drop-in ceiling, but they're more common than you might imagine. Next time you're shopping at a store or eating at your favorite restaurant, look up, and the ceiling you'll see will likely be made of decorative drop ceiling tiles.

Drop-in ceilings have been a favorite of commercial builders for years, as they allow easy access to wiring and plumbing above by simply lifting a tile, and they're straightforward to install. Opting to use ceiling tiles for a dropped ceiling offers many attractive benefits.

The same traits that make a drop tile ceiling popular for commercial use can also help you upgrade a ceiling in your home during a challenging remodeling project. Drop-in-tile ceilings can be installed in a room with exposed ceiling joists or in older homes where the framing has settled over time, and everything seems out of level. They are perfect for finishing a basement with many mechanical devices and wires below the ceiling framing.

Suspended-ceiling tiles can be installed at any ceiling height and are supported by wires that can be adjusted so that the ceiling is level regardless of what happens to be hidden above.

Benefits of Decorative Drop Ceiling Tiles for Suspended Ceilings

A suspended acoustic ceiling makes it easier to access structural components and provides improved soundproofing and increased energy efficiency. Decorative drop ceiling tiles can also brighten up an interior and are customizable according to the style and aesthetic desired in each space.

Drop-in Decorative Ceiling Tile Options

Decorative Ceiling Tiles offers drop-in tiles to fit any application, room décor, and budget. Consider these drop-ceiling tiles options when choosing your ceiling:

Tin-Plated Steel

If your goal is to give a room the appearance of being created during a time when old-world quality craftsmanship was important, consider these timeless classics. Tin drop-in ceiling tiles are available in over 100 patterns to fit any interior design and must only be painted before installation. The drop-ceiling panels are budget-friendly and easy to work with, whether installed by a DIYer or a professional contractor.


Consider pre-finished aluminum drop-in ceiling tiles if painting isn't your strong suit. They're available in as many patterns as tin tiles but have numerous color options online that eliminate the need to paint. Please don't feel that you'll be limited in your choices, as we have almost more colors available in decorative drop ceiling tiles than options in a giant box of crayons.

Faux Tin

While tin and aluminum tiles are easy to work with, faux-tin drop-in tiles might be your best choice if you're a DIYer. The tiles look just like metal but are made from rigid, durable PVC that's lightweight and can be cut with scissors.

The faux tin drop ceiling panels don't have the echoing effect that some metal tiles can have and also feature a Class A fire rating. They're available in more than 30 patterns and numerous colors, and best of all, they are very affordable. They look great in a commercial environment as well.


Only the best drop-ceiling tiles will do for some people, and if you fall into that category, consider solid copper or aged copper drop-in ceiling tiles. Copper drop-in ceiling tiles are a little more expensive than tin, aluminum, and faux-tin tiles, but they offer an appearance that will stop anyone in their tracks.

Drop Ceiling Tile Accessories

Decorative Ceiling Tiles offers all of the accessories you or your contractor might need to convert a standard ceiling grid available at most home improvement stores into one that matches your metal drop-in ceiling tiles. The sleeves and cuffs are easily applied and can be purchased in 80 finishes. Shop in our online store to get the accessories you need to make your suspended ceiling tiles shine.

Drop Ceiling Styles for Any Decor

Whether you choose tin, aluminum, faux-tin, or copper drop-in ceiling tiles for your home installation, some styles and finishes can complement any interior design you may have in mind. Suspended ceiling tiles range from colonial to modern patterns and anything you can imagine in between.

If you're having difficulty deciding on the type of drop-ceiling tiles for your project, consider ordering samples that make the process easier.

While many people choose drop-in ceiling tiles for their homes, they can also be used for restaurants, pubs, retail locations, professional offices, or any establishment that might benefit from having an attractive ceiling. Decorative Ceiling Tiles offers dropped-ceiling tiles specifically designed for commercial use.

Help With Installing Your Suspended Ceiling Tiles

Drop-in decorative ceilings can be more challenging to install than glue- or nail-up applications, but they are still well within the capabilities of most DIYers.

Decorative Ceiling Tiles provides step-by-step instructions and informative videos on this site to help you learn how to install ceiling tiles for drop ceilings in your home.

Topics covered include how to plan your ceiling, grid layout and installation, and what to do about an odd-shaped room. Even if you plan to hire a contractor to install the drop-in ceiling tiles you buy, they may find the tips helpful before starting.

Tips for a Drop Ceiling Installation

If you have never dealt with a drop ceiling installation before, you may find yourself stuck in some phases of the installation process. To avoid mistakes and ensure proper installation, take note of a few installation tips.

Tip One: Lay Out Your Ceiling Grid

Before getting started, consider laying out your ceiling grid on graph paper. This will help you position the tiles and determine the materials you will need for the installation. Make sure you take into account any heat registers or light fixtures there are in the space as well. Bisect the room at the center by the main tee or a centered row of tiles. Order extra tile in case there is a mistake made when cutting and measuring.

Tip Two: Nail-Up Wide Angle

Use chalk line markings at the top of the wall angle. You can then nail the angle at every wall stud with drywall nails. Avoid nailing anywhere near a corner bead.

Tip Three: Use Guide Strings

When beginning your drop ceiling project, use strings as a guide. Use these guidelines to drive in your hanging screws.

Required Materials for Drop Ceiling Installation

Before starting the installation over the existing ceiling, ensure you have all the necessary tools available for the DIY drop ceiling project. This can save you a ton of time and frustration.

  • Chalk line
  • Clamps
  • Drill bit set
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Tin snips
  • Drywall circle gauge
  • Drill
  • String lines
  • Screwdriver
  • Pop-in riveter
  • Gloves

Are Drop Ceiling Tiles Cheaper than Drywall Ceilings?

A drop ceiling may cost the same as a drywall ceiling but could cost more. However, a drop ceiling with decorative tile is a more aesthetically pleasing way to hide a suspended ceiling and add character and style to any room.

Cleaning and Maintaining Ceiling Tiles

The best way to clean and maintain drop ceiling tiles is by dampening a clean cloth or sponge in water with mild soap. Wring out the excess water and gently wipe the ceiling panels. Once done, remove the soapy residue and make sure each tile is dry.

Our Final Thoughts

When hunting down the best decorative drop ceiling tiles for a suspended ceiling, remember the many benefits of this kind of installation.

A dropped ceiling with acoustic tiles is excellent for noise reduction, insulation, and sound absorption, making it the perfect choice for a theater room. It is also an ideal choice for a basement ceiling or to cover an unsightly popcorn ceiling.

With so many styles and designs, you can achieve the aesthetic and style you want while taking advantage of the functional benefits of decorative drop ceiling tiles.

Drop ceiling tiles can create a decorative atmosphere in any home or office. Check out our suspended-ceiling tile selection today!

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