A suspended ceiling in a plasterboard kitchen will be the best solution for cladding a kitchen ceiling due to the excellent qualities of the material – environmental friendliness, moisture and fire resistance, lightness and flexibility.
Pros and cons of plasterboard ceiling in the kitchen
Plasterboard ceilings in the kitchen have great potential and many advantages:
- They can hide or disguise communications – wiring and pipes;
- Defects and irregularities in the ceiling will also not be visible;
- This is a great way to divide the kitchen space into zones – work and dining, especially ceiling zoning is important for combined kitchen-living room and studio apartments;
- You can come up with any ceiling design that can become an accent in the interior of your kitchen;
- When installing drywall sheets, you can additionally insulate and soundproof the room;
- You can rethink kitchen lighting – create niches for lighting, install Spotlights in the work area, and hang a chandelier over the dining table, as is fashionable now;
- The gypsum plasterboard is strong enough that the ceiling structure will not crack due to the movement of the ceiling or walls.
Disadvantages of plasterboard ceiling:
- Unfortunately, at least 7 cm of height will inevitably be lost, which means for kitchens with low ceilings, this type of finish will not work;
- In addition, do-it-yourself installation of a suspended plasterboard ceiling (especially a two-level and with a complex design) requires some skills, as well as time, the availability of tools, the help of a partner and strength;
- Over time, the ceiling can deform, crack at the joints.
We think over the design
In order to choose the right design, on the basis of which two-level plasterboard ceilings will be created, it is imperative to evaluate the following criteria:
- Room configuration and dimensions;
- Finishing methods acceptable in the general interior solution;
- Color and texture;
- Used lighting devices;
- Applied decorative additions.
There are also requirements and recommendations that should be considered:
- An extractor hood with a hob must be used in the kitchen space. The air duct required for this device is best hidden under the ceiling that drops in this part.
- You can lower the entire perimeter of the ceiling, leaving the central part at the same level. This option is suitable for those who value symmetry – elements with a decrease in height can be used for spotlights. It is easy to zoning the kitchen space with such lighting fixtures..
- To create a positive effect, lighting in the kitchen can be supplemented neon ribbons.
- As for color, it is better to choose pastel, muted shades for suspended structures. And the use of glossy textures will help make the room visually more spacious..
A plasterboard suspended ceiling in a kitchen can be done in a variety of ways. It can be a one-level flat structure, no different from a conventional ceiling. This traditional design will fit into any interior.
A surface with protrusions and niches can delimit space and hide communications.
Suspended ceilings in the kitchen, if the height of the room allows, often have a structure of several tiers. Most often, the ceiling is made of two levels – a ceiling-base and a convex geometric figure around the perimeter of the room or in the center.
Abstract corner elements, as well as ovals, semicircles and other shapes are very relevant. This sophisticated design is more suitable for spacious kitchens with high ceilings..
However, in a small or medium kitchen, you can also highlight the dining area with plasterboard ceiling figures..
However, do not forget that any suspended structure will “take away” a few precious centimeters in the height of the room, therefore, for miniature and low-rise kitchens, a complex ceiling design is not recommended – it is better to choose a single-level ceiling.
If desired, you can create a combination of stretch and plasterboard ceiling.
How to choose materials: plasterboard sheets, putty and paint
- Plasterboard ceiling sheets are lighter than wall sheets, and most often have a thickness of 8.5 – 9.5 mm.
- In order for plasterboard ceilings in the kitchen to delight you as long as possible, you need to choose a moisture-resistant material. If you use a regular GK-sheet, the structure will very quickly become unusable, since there is a high level of humidity in the kitchen. And moisture-resistant drywall does not deform either when water gets in, or when there are sudden temperature changes.
- In order for the suspended ceilings in the kitchen to retain their perfection for a long time, it is recommended to carefully choose the filler and finishing materials. They must also be moisture resistant and have a long service life. Poor quality putty can crack like a “cobweb”. As for the paint, it should be suitable for areas with high humidity, easy to apply on horizontal surfaces and be UV resistant..
And how to correctly calculate the consumption of materials – the number of sheets, hangers, profiles, guides and crabs?
Draw by hand (observing the scale) or in the program a plan of your ceiling and place on it the sheets of GK, guides along the perimeter of the kitchen, and the bearing profiles – across, then mark where the crabs and hangers will be located.
We make a single-level ceiling on our own
To sheathe the ceiling with plasterboard sheets with your own hands, you first need to prepare all the necessary tools and materials.
The actual process of installing ceilings includes 4 main stages:
- Creation of a frame from special profiles;
- Fixing plasterboard sheets;
- Plastering and painting (decoration) of the surface;
- Installation of a lamp and lighting.
If you plan to install the kitchen ceiling yourself, then invite at least one assistant. After all, drywall sheets are heavy enough to lift them alone.
To make a false ceiling in the kitchen with your own hands, perform the following sequence of actions:
- Find the lowest point of the surface and mark along the walls. This will require a thread marker and a water level..
- A UD profile is attached to the marked strips, after which the structure is sewn over the entire plane with a CD profile. Elements are fixed with special mounting plates and dowel-nails.
The distance between the fasteners should be 500-600 mm.
- Plasterboard sheets are attached to the created frame. For this, screws are screwed in with a pitch of 200 mm, no more. If drywall needs to be cut during installation, a special cutter or knife is used for this..
- The ceiling completely sheathed with gypsum board is putty – first, all the seams are sealed to ensure the tightness of the structure.
- The seams are pasted over with a serpentine and putty again, after which they pass the entire surface.
- After the putty dries, the surface is decorated – painted or pasted over with wallpaper.