Many of our customers opt to fit our panels to the ceiling of their bathroom, not just restricting them to use on the walls. A wise choice in or opinion, as most people will have had experience of bathroom ceilings causing problem either through the very common problem of flaking paint (if it’s a painted plaster finish) or mould spots forming (especially above the shower area).
One of the first things you will do if you are considering this course of action is to work out the cost. This will involve a bit of measuring and a bit of maths to see how many panels you will need to cover the area (but remember that we are more than happy to work it out for you if you are not confident or you would like someone else to double check your calculations).
One issue that we regularly encounter is the ceiling being just over one of the standard pack widths/pack length of our panels. For example if you were looking to cover your bathroom with our Labo 2.6m panels and your ceiling is 2.5m x 3.05 mt your would have not choice but to buy 4 packs (1 pack is a metre wide – 3.05m is just over 3 packs in width).
There is a way of overcoming this by utilising one of our trims to take up the gap so that you only have to buy 3 packs instead of 4.
Our Decos Coving Trim is ideal for use in such circumstances as it is 27mm wide so when fitted to either side of the room will provide an extra 54mm of coverage enabling you to reduce the number of packs required. There are several ways to install this trim:
- Cut the tab off the trim and stick the trim up once the ceiling is in place
- Keep the tab in place and slot the trim onto the installed ceiling panel
For the size of the ceiling given we would recommend option 2 but whereas usually you would slide the panel all the way into the slot in this instance you would need to make sure that the panel on just fit inside to ensure you can cover the extra distance required.
If your ceiling is slightly larger than the one in the example there is a way of using the coving trim to cover a slightly larger gap.
In the above example the ceiling panels stop short of the side wall leaving a 50mm gap.
If you cut the tab off the Coving Trim you can use this to “edge ” the existing panel. Simply run a craft knife down the inside of the slot and score – the tab can then be snapped off cleanly giving you a cover strip that you can use the extend the ceiling by 27mm. You can use this in conjunction with the remaining Coving Trim to add 54mm to each side where this technique is used. This is shown in the following diagram.
You will need to fit a filler piece under the Coving Trim the same thickness as the panels – such as a strip of plywood or plasterboard (ensure this is sealed over using silicone sealant to ensure it doesn’t attract moisture). This is shown in the diagram in pink.