What is the most inexpensive way to convert a drop ceiling

Looking for ideas to convert a drop ceiling that is on the first floor of a concrete house. The ceiling under the drop contains metal rafters that support the concrete floor above. We want to create more height so we can add taller kitchen cabinets.
q what is the most inexpensive way to convert a drop ceiling
  13 answers
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Oct 01, 2017
    You might want to talk to a contractor to see if drilling into the metal rafters will weaken the metal supports. You probably will have to put 2x4's up there to be able to secure anything up to put in the ceiling.
  • Roberta DePiero Roberta DePiero on Oct 01, 2017
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 02, 2017
    It sounds as if it might not be possible to have taller Kitchen Cabinets, but you may be able to get more light by adding more Lighting Tiles - "Illuminated Ceiling"
  • Stephen Justin Stephen Justin on Oct 02, 2017
    Think about adhering furring strips and tacking whitewashed tongue and groove car siding.
  • Larry Pettijohn Larry Pettijohn on Oct 02, 2017
    While it doesn't solve the taller cabinet problem, I have noticed a few businesses, leaving the grid in place and simply removing the ceiling tiles to visually open up the space. Paint the grid and now exposed ceiling space as wanted
  • Teresa Teresa on Oct 02, 2017
    Didn't look as if taller cabinets were the issue but lots of lost space underneath. Why not add a shelf between cabinets and counter or lose the doors and adjust for more shelving?
  • Eileen Hemmers Salyards Eileen Hemmers Salyards on Oct 02, 2017
    Please check what is up there to help you decide whether or not to do this. We tore down our ceiling only to find a maze of wires, cable, etc. that took a full week to sort out. Good luck
  • Geoff Geoff on Oct 02, 2017
    If the wires /pipes can be moved, remove the drop down and paint the exposed steel and concrete. One color and few will notice.
  • Teresa Teresa on Oct 02, 2017
    I saw a lot of really nice drop ceilings redone with very thin wood and painted the strips or used wood over them   I searched google for the idea I had and it came up with a lot of them and they look so good. check it out. good and cheep too!

  • Holly Adams Holly Adams on Oct 03, 2017
    I had a drop ceiling, and I checked first to make sure the it wasn’t retaining anything or being used to hold anything major up there. Then we cheerfuly tore it all down. We put up L E D lights over the sink and stove. It more open and brighter without that sunken ceiling.
  • Holly Adams Holly Adams on Oct 09, 2017
    Just be careful. If it’s in a mobile home; ours is a double wide. There are a million! Big staples and nails In there. Gloves are a must? 😎
  • Holly Adams Holly Adams on Oct 09, 2017
    Just make sure there are no retaining walls. If there is, you have to get help from a contractor. Before you tare it down.
  • Sherri Sherri on Aug 19, 2018

    If you want an industrial look, why not just remove the tiles (is there wiring underneath?) and paint the concrete ceiling. You could even paint the metal rafters black. Would be a great look if you don't have to worry about wires. Good luck.

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