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Coffered ceilings offer a unique look to your home that is perfect for contemporary, Mediterranean, country, and many other styles, which is why they are so popular. If you do not have a coffered ceiling in your home but love the look, you can create one by using a series of beams, helping create the perfect design.

For years, people thought that a coffered ceiling could only be created with the beams being bolted down firmly to the ceiling joists for the frame to be solid and secure. In truth, you do not need to boil anything down to the joists. Instead, whether using real wood beams or faux beams, you should use u-shaped supports that are then glued and nailed to the ceiling plane. Not only does it look better, but also it is completely secure.

When using this option, you can create the coffered ceiling one of three ways:
  • Cross-shaped at the intersection of two beams
  • Straight sections at mid-span for larger coffers
  • T-shaped at the intersection of the walls and ceiling where one beam ends at another beam
Supports can be made from inexpensive finger-jointed stock. You will find these supports are easy to handle and works well with both nails and glue. You do want to avoid medium-density fiberboard, also known as MDF or plywood. This type of material is heavy and when edge nailed, it has a problem with splitting. Remember that for the support beams they do not have to be continuous. By following this guideline, the beams will be easier and lighter to handle and keep in a straight line.

When you get ready, the layout lines will need to be snapped and then the supports installed to the drywall on the ceiling using good portions of heavy-duty adhesive designed for construction work. Next, the supports are fastened into the joists with 8d finish nails. You will then cross-nail the supports to the drywall, which will help hold them into place while the construction adhesive takes hold and dries.

Any molding will need to be assembled prior to being added to the ceiling. Using hollow supports is excellent to help keep the beams nice and straight. Additionally, this will help the coffers to remain square, which will make it easier to preassemble the layers of the coffer trim on the ground before installing.

For the trim, you can work this on a workbench or floor and start by gluing the corners. You will then use spring clamps to hold them in place, driving brad nails into the back. Not only will this save you time but once the crown sections are nailed to the joists and sides of the beams, you now have a strong and stable creation.

Finally, once the basic support is in place, you can enjoy the design. If you want to dress up the design without the added expense or having to buy more material, you can do things by using simple arts and crafts supplies to create beaded designs or scrolls. The coffer ceiling will make an amazing difference and the project will be fun and enjoyable.
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