Hangers to Hang Fabric From Suspended Ceiling

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A suspended ceiling, also known as a dropped ceiling, can effectively hide pipes, ductwork or an unattractive ceiling above it. It is essentially a metal grid that supports lightweight tiles. Hanging a curtain or a fabric room divider -- as part of wedding decor, for example -- from a suspended ceiling isn't difficult. Just remember to use lightweight fabric and hangers designed for suspended ceilings.

Things You'll Need

  • Lightweight fabric
  • Suspended-ceiling hooks
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Clip-style drapery rings
  • Select the fabric you wish to hang. For best results, choose a lightweight fabric to avoid bending or breaking the metal grid that holds the ceiling tiles.

  • Install suspended-ceiling hooks along the part of the grid where you want to hang the fabric, approximately 12 inches apart. These hooks are available at office- and plant-supply merchandisers, hardware stores and art-supply retailers. The hook hangs downward from a clip. Some clips simply slide onto the strip of the metal grid; others swivel closed around it, and some are opened with a squeeze mechanism like that of a clothespin. When released, the spring in this mechanism closes the clip around the metal strip.

  • Cut the fabric into panels of the appropriate length. If you intend to hem the top and bottom of each panel, cut the fabric 2 inches longer than the finished length you need. The extra inches allow you to create a 1-inch hem at each end. Although hemming is optional, it will create a more finished and professional effect.

  • Clip drapery rings every 12 inches along the top of each fabric panel to match the spacing of the hooks on the ceiling.

  • Place the drapery rings onto the ceiling hooks to finish the project.

Tips & Warnings

  • The placement of the drapery rings determines the look of the fabric. Instead of placing them every 12 inches, placing them 18 inches along the top of the panel creates a fuller look, and the panels will billow slightly as they hang. If you opt for a fuller look, you will need more panels of fabric to hang from the ceiling. The total width of the panels should be at least 1 1/2 times that of the linear feet along the ceiling. For example, if the ceiling grid strip you're hanging fabric from measures 5 feet long, the width of fabric panels must measure at least 7 1/2 feet.

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