DIY Project: Quick and Easy Ceiling Tiles Installation

Ceiling tiles are remarkably lightweight and easy to install. The installation methods and techniques differ somewhat depending on the type of tile you choose. The type of tile will also determine the type of adhesive products you should use since PVC and polystyrene are two very different materials. Here are some simple guidelines to help you ensure the perfect finish even if you have absolutely no experience!

Start by preparing the area you wish to cover with ceiling tiles. You will need to give the ceiling a good wipe down to make sure that it’s clean, smooth, and ready. If you have any loose plaster or paint, you should gently scrape the area clean to ensure that it does not affect the installation.

Remove any fixtures such as light fittings. You want to install the tiles over the entire ceiling without working around the light fittings.

Make a chalk line down the middle of the room and do the same across the width of the room. This will give you your centremost point from which you will start and work outwards.

For PVC glue up ceiling tiles, it’s best to use a rubber-based adhesive like the appropriate contact cement by DAP or LePage. Take a look at Home Depot for various adhesives and don’t forget to ask your ceiling tiles supplier for their recommendations,

Apply the adhesive to the back of the tile before allowing it to dry a little bit. The adhesive should have a sticky feel to it, but it should not be too fresh and wet when you stick the tile to the ceiling. Waiting for a minute or so will make it that much easier to stick the tile in place without having to hold it up and against the ceiling while it dries. If you would like an extra-strong bond, you can apply some adhesive to the ceiling as well as the back of the tiles.

Easy Ceiling Tiles Installation

When ready, stick the tile in place firmly but with some care. The edges should overlap from one tile to the next for that flawless finish. Once you have the first few center tiles in place, it’s time to work your way along the length of the room until you reach the edges. In some cases, you might need to cut the final row of tiles to size.

Polystyrene Ceiling Tile Installation

Polystyrene, or Styrofoam, is really easy to work with and extremely lightweight. They are perfect for covering smooth or popcorn ceilings without any rigorous cleaning or messy scraping.


Start by preparing the surface area you wish to cover. Do this by wiping the ceiling down to remove any dust and dirt. If you notice any paint or plaster peeling from the surface, you should scrape this area clear before you proceed. The falling debris can result in an imperfect finish but remember that you only have to remove the loose bits! You don’t need to scrape all the plaster or paint off the ceiling in order to achieve perfection.

Remove any fixtures like light fittings since they will only get in your way later on. You could even use this opportunity to change your light fittings if they are looking a bit worse for wear.

Draw a chalk line down the center of the ceiling and another one across the center to find the midpoint.

The best kind of adhesive to use with polystyrene tiles is a ceramic wall tile paste. Other adhesives can prove too harsh and they can actually “melt” the tiles. Like the contact cement for PVC ceiling tiles, you can find a wide selection at local hardware stores like Home Depot.

If you are installing these tiles over a popcorn ceiling, you will need to apply a bit more adhesive than you would with a regular flat ceiling. This is because the adhesive needs to get into all the small grooves in order to hold each tile firmly in place.

Install each tile one by one and start with a single straight line along the length of the room. Once you have completed this line, you can work outwards towards the edges of the ceiling. You might need to cut the final rows of tiles if they don’t quite fit.

If you want to fill the joints in between the tiles, make sure that you use silicone that can be painted. Not all types of silicone can hold a coat of paint and, if you wish to paint at a later stage, you wouldn’t want the silicone to ruin the final effect.

When installing polystyrene tiles, you may need some extra tools like a box cutter or utility knife, a putty knife to apply the adhesive, and something straight (like a spirit level) to make sure that you make straight cuts when trimming tiles to size. Remember, if you need to cut any tiles, you should make your markings on the underside so that they are in no way visible once the tile is glued in place.


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