How To Fit Ceiling Panels

how to fit ceiling panels

Ceiling panels are easy to install in virtually all circumstances. But there are a few different techniques and tricks of the trade that might come in useful for those looking how to install ceiling panels.

The most important factor in deciding how the panels are to be installed is the state of the existing ceiling and what it is covered in currently. If, however you are planning on lowering the ceiling height then the existing covering will be less of an issue.

So let’s look at the different existing types of bathroom ceiling first.

Fit Panels Over Artex

Can ceiling panels be installed over Artex? The simple answer is yes.

If the pattern in the Artex results in large “high spots” it might be best to knock these off with a chisel first. Although this is not 100% necessary the flatter the ceiling is to start with the easier it will be to fit the panels over that surface. Some texturing compounds supplied in the past contained asbestos so you need to check that your ceiling is not affected before you scrape or hack off. If in doubt consult an expert.

If you do not want to hack off an of the compound simply apply the adhesive for the ceiling panels in larger blobs and allow the adhesive to set before moving on to the next panel. You can try to use the adhesive in conjunction with staples or screws but this is a little more tricky is the sub-surface is very uneven. If this is not feasible use props such as garden canes to hold the panels in place.

Labo Ultra White Ceiling Panels

Fit Panels Over A Plastered Ceiling

A plastered ceiling provides a lovely smooth flat surface from which to proceed. Adhesive can be applied to the back of the panel in a snake pattern and then pushed home into place. A couple of staples from a staple gun can be used to hold the panel in place whilst the adhesive sets. If the plaster will not take a staple then a few small screws can be used. Screw or staple through the tongue part of the tongue and groove which will then get hidden by the next panel.

Lath and plaster ceilings are notoriously hard to work with but our panels are very light and can stuck straight over them. Screws and staples might not work with this surface so use props or wait for each panel to to set before proceeding to the next one.

 

install ceiling panels using props

 

 

Panelling Over A Papered Ceiling

Another finish that provides a nice flat surface. You can use the same technique as for plaster above but a few more mechanical fixings are recommended. This is because you will be relying on the strength of the wallpaper adhesive to hold everything in place. Alternatively you can strip the wallpaper off back to the plaster. This can be done in a very rough manner and does not have to be a work of art as the panels are very forgiving and will cover a multitude of sins!

Wooden Tongue And Groove

This surface is also flat and is one that works perfectly with a staple gun if you are wondering how to install ceiling panels in this situation . You can take a “belt and braces” approach and use adhesive as well but it is not usually necessary. Screws are an obvious alternative in this situation but be careful that you don’t slip with your screwdriver or cordless drill as you can easily mark or puncture the decorative surface with sharp the blade.

 

install using a staple gun

Ceiling Panels – Recycling

Our ceiling panels are 100% recyclable but they also have one extra trick up their sleeve – they can be removed and re-used somewhere else. For this to work you need to fit the panels using screws as mentioned in several of the instances above.

Our two-part coving trim will allow you to cover up any screws needed around the edges of the room and will clip in place. If you want to remove the panels to use them elsewhere simply un-clip the trim, remove the screws and take the panels down.