How to Convert 2X4 Ceiling Tiles to 2X2 Ceiling Tiles


Installing a drop ceiling allows a homeowner to cover up higher ceilings that have an unpleasant look. Drop ceilings create a sense of warmth and intimacy that is not possible in rooms with high ceilings. Drop ceilings are usually installed in a 1-foot by 1-foot or 2-feet by 4-feet grid; however, some homeowners prefer the look of a 2-feet by 2-feet grid. Converting 2-by-4 ceiling tiles to 2-by-2 ceiling tiles is a simple job that can be completed in less than a day.

Things You'll Need

  • Grid dividers
  • 2-by-4 ceiling tiles
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Remove all of the 2-by-4 ceiling tiles from the drop ceiling grid, and count how many tiles you have. Purchase one additional grid divider per ceiling tile.

  • Cut the tiles to size. Measure and mark the center of the tile on the 4-foot length. You will convert a 2-by-4 ceiling tile to two 2-by-2 tiles by cutting the rectangular tile into two square sections. Draw a line from the center mark to divide the tile in half. Cut along this line with a utility knife.

  • Reinstall the tile. Insert a grid divider directly in the center of the old 2-by-4 grid to create two smaller 2-by-2 grids. Insert the two 2-by-2 ceiling tiles, placing one on each side.

  • Complete the ceiling. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the entire ceiling is fully installed.

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