How should I replace a 12x14 drop ceiling with studs and drywall?

how should I replace a 12x14 drop ceiling with studs and drywall?

  5 answers
  • Shoshana Shoshana on Feb 22, 2018
    You could cover it with styrofoam tiles-
  • Emily Emily on Feb 23, 2018
    well the drop ceiling must be fastened to something. What is up there above the dropped ceiling?
  • Emily Emily on Feb 23, 2018
    Well a lath ceiling would have to be plastered. That would be lovely. Is it your room that is 12' X 14'? You want only an 8' ceiling although it could be 10' with all that extra room for storage. O.K. you will have to somehow frame it so the sheets (4' X 8') of wall board can be fastened. This is a question for a home renovator. But if you wanted to just do the ceiling at a 10' height you could nail the sheet rock to the already existing joists.
  • William William on Feb 24, 2018
    Technically you'd frame the ceiling like framing a wall. The perimeter 2X4's would be screwed to the walls. Then put up the drywall. But why would you want to do that? I would remove the drop ceiling and all the rails. Patch any holes in the walls. Use 1/4" X 4'X10' drywall on the ceiling, crown molding in the corners (so no patching there). Would look amazing. Georgia Pacific made 1/4" thick drywall in 4'X10' sheets specifically to cover popcorn or textured ceilings eliminating the mess of removal. The added 2' length makes for less joints to patch.
    • Charlie Hoch Charlie Hoch on Feb 24, 2018
      Thank you for your input. This is a house built in the 1880’s. There is also 8’ sheetrock on the walls with the grids attached to. If I went back to 10’ I would have to build up the walls to. I agree that it would look great but not sure if it is worth the time and effort.
  • Andrew Bounader Andrew Bounader on Feb 24, 2018

    I agree with all the above
    How much clearance do you want to have in the room - floor to ceiling?
    The reason is this, the best way to put new drywall ceilings over old is to use 3" x 1.5" or 4"x2" (75mmx35mm or 100mmx50mm) timber fixed to the existing ceiling as battens, which will stay flat and easily span the room, fixed at either 16" for 3/8" (450mm for 10mm) drywall, or a maximum of 24" centres for 1/2" drywall (600mm for 13mm drywall ceiling boards)
    The total depth of loss of ceiling height will be around 2.5", so on a tall ceiling it's hardly noticeable.