Easy Way to Cover Drop Ceiling With Fabric

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If your drop ceiling is looking a little old, drab or damaged, cover it with fabric to give it a new, colorful look. You can apply fabric to a ceiling in a variety of different ways, including starching or stapling. Heavier fabrics, such as upholstery fabric, typically do not hold as well on ceilings as other thinner types of fabric, like cotton or sheer material. For best results, have a second person check your handiwork from the ground while you're applying the fabric to prevent gaps or uneven application.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Sponge
  • Glue gun
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Push pins or tacks
  • Starch (optional)

Staple It

  • Measure the width and length of your ceiling with a measuring tape. Add four inches to both your width and length measurement to determine the amount of fabric needed to cover the entire ceiling with fabric. Measure diagonally across the room from corner to corner, if you want to sash your fabric. Divide the measurement you get in half. Add this figure to the original length to determine the length to cut each sash.

  • To cover the entire ceiling, fold over the raw edge of each side of fabric. Glue it in place with a glue stick or other adhesive that won't show through the fabric. Place one corner of the fabric against the ceiling in the corresponding corner of your room. Staple the fabric to the ceiling. Continue stapling along the edge of the fabric until you've completed two edges. Hold the fabric taut and add a staple approximately every one to two feet across the ceiling to hold the fabric in place and keep it from sagging. Staple the other edges to complete the ceiling.

  • Fold the piece of sash fabric in half. Find the exact center of the room with a measuring tape. Staple the center of the fabric to this spot. Fan out each side of the fabric, creating a sash. Staple the ends of the fabric to the ceiling as close to the wall as possible.

Glue It

  • Wash the ceiling with a damp sponge to remove any dust or dirt. Let it dry.

  • Measure the width of your ceiling. Decide whether you'll need more than one length of fabric; most fabrics are 45 inches or wider.

  • Measure the length of your ceiling. Cut the fabric to this length.

  • Apply glue to both the ceiling and the fabric, a section at a time, with a hot glue gun. Smooth the fabric over the ceiling. Continue the process until you've applied all the fabric to the ceiling. Use push-pins or tacks to hold the fabric in place while the glue dries, if needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use starch to attach fabric to a ceiling, but gravity can cause it to fall.
  • Only glue fabric to your ceiling if you plan for the fabric to stay on the ceiling for awhile. Removing glue can be a long process.

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