Cheap/easy ceiling to put in basement?

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We have a 184 sq ft ceiling area in the basement, with sheetrock already on the walls. The floor joices(sp) show, along with the plumbing and duckwork. Also, there is a steel beam extending downward across the room. Have a turn-off valve for the refrigerator water system that drops below, all of this. Anyone have any ideas on how to put up a ceiling that will not "cost lots of money and as easily as possible?
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  • Hannah V Hannah V on Jul 22, 2014
    Hi Cindy! Could you upload a photo of basement/ceiling? That will make it easier for other hometalkers and myself to give you better answers and ideas! You can add photos by clicking the upper right drop arrow and select "edit" (see screenshot). Hope this helps! :)
  • Mama's Homestead Mama's Homestead on Jul 22, 2014
    We put wood flooring on the ceiling in part of our basement and made little trap doors for easy access for gas and water valves. We bought unfinished seconds from the local wood flooring store (very cheap), since we weren't going to be walking on it knots don't matter. A drop-ceiling is another option. We have another area that needs a ceiling. Our plan is to use a drop tin or drop faux tin (cheaper) ceiling for this area. This will leave room for all the mechanical systems in the ceiling and keep them accessible.
  • Cindy Carley Cindy Carley on Jul 22, 2014
    Thank you for your response & suggestions. We have thought of both...so will have to decide which way to go.....time & money is the issue at this moment! :)
  • Kelly Cowper Bischoff Kelly Cowper Bischoff on Jul 22, 2014
    I have seen it done with Lattice, Just nailed up, it was so sharp, you can paint it any color!!
  • Cindy Carley Cindy Carley on Jul 22, 2014
    Oh, I hadn't of even thought of doing that.....great idea. Thanks!! :)
  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Jul 23, 2014
    I saw a show with Lara Spensor( the pop news reporter on good morning america.She has 2 shows and one of them had a dropped ceiling. She used some type of new ceiling made of paper.She said it was easy to install and inexpensive.Did not look like paper.Nice results
  • Cindy Carley Cindy Carley on Jul 24, 2014
    Thank you for your response.......I will do some research into her report and see what it has to say. All comments are so appreciated!! Just need to figure out something that can be put up economically, quickly and look "good"! Thanks again!! :)
  • Caco Caco on Jan 10, 2015
    we've working on a house reno with a large basement ceiling. Joist and all pipes and ducts are visible, and if it weren't for the exposed insulation we'd be spraying the ceiling white for an industrial look. looking for an idea
  • Cindy Carley Cindy Carley on Jan 11, 2015
    Thank you for your comments! We had thought of that or spraying it black or grey....but ended up selling the home just the way it was with "everything exposed". The buyers didn't mind it and will do what they want with the room. At least the house "SOLD"! Thanks, again!!!