The architectural interest of a coffered ceiling is unlike any other for adding style to your home. It is important to understand all of the factors that go into the total cost so you can plan for your project without any surprises.
In addition to the cost of the coffered panels themselves, you will need to budget for the metal suspension system and the border of your choice. Use our material estimator first to get a rough idea of the cost for your panels and suspension system.
Easy Elegance coffered ceiling panels offer you the choice between two border looks:
Drywall perimeter borders are the recommended option for most coffered ceiling installations to achieve a smooth, ceiling-to-wall finish. Due to the height of the Easy Elegance coffer panels, we do not recommend cutting the panels. Instead, use full-size panels in the middle of your ceiling, and finish the perimeter of the room with a drywall border for a clean, professional look.
A metal suspension system should be used for the coffered panels and the drywall with the addition of a few simple transition clips. The clips are a small add per room, plus the cost of drywall supplies and labor. While these are nominal, they will add to your coffered ceiling cost.
Just like the drywall border, this alternate option will not be a significant cost. In this case, you will use a traditional acoustic ceiling panel with a tegular (stepped) edge, such as our 271 Sahara or 296 Oasis panels.
Just lay out your project with full-size 24" x 24" coffered panels in the center of the space. Then, for the remainder of the space, determine how many cut border panels you will need. While these acoustic ceiling panels are slightly more expensive than drywall, cutting the tiles is truly a DIY-project and, in most spaces, will take less than a day to complete without the need to wait for drywall compound to dry. You will also save on drywall labor.
Read our coffered ceiling installation FAQ's for more details:
PDF Armstrong Easy Elegance Coffered Ceiling Panels Install FAQs
Because of the depth of the deep coffered panel, leave approximately 6 inches above the grid face for clearance (3 inches for the shallow coffer.) This measurement will help you determine at exactly what height your grid should be installed and how far your drywall border should come down from the plenum.
Easy Elegance panels work with most modern light fixtures. Depending on the panel depth and the fixture, the lighting could require a height extension for the extra clearance.
Our coffered panels are made of PVC, so it's important not to install them in direct contact with an open flame or heat source that can exceed 130 degrees Farenheit. Most modern recessed CFL and LED lights can meet this requirement.