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Drop Ceiling Tiles and Panels

Our drop ceiling line-up now boasts over 40 styles in five designer colors, three luminous materials, three metallic finishes, three faux wood grains, and one 100% recycled option for ultimate suspended ceiling customization. There is a Ceilume suspended ceiling tile and suspended ceiling panel available to meet every taste, setting, and budget!

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Choosing the Right Drop Ceiling Panels

For those of you who want to dig in a bit deeper, here you'll find some simple questions and answers to help you select the right drop ceiling panels for your specific installation. It doesn't matter if you're a home owner, restaurateur, designer, or contractor; if you've got a suspended ceiling, you've come to the right place.

A few questions you'll want to ask yourself before buying your new suspended ceiling tiles:

Do I have standard 1" or slimline 9/16" T-bar grid?

You probably have standard grid but it's best to measure to be sure (not all drop ceiling tiles work with slimline grid). Standard grid has a face that is 15/16" wide and slimline has a narrower 9/16" face. If you're one of the lucky few with the smaller size, check out our selection of tiles that work with slimline grid.

Do I need 2 x 2 or 2 x 4 drop ceiling panels?

Once again, you'll want to measure to be sure, but if you need 2x2 ceiling tiles your grid will be laid out in squares, and if you need 2x4 ceiling panels your grid will be laid out in rectangles.

Have a 2 ft. x 4 ft. grid layout but fall in love with a 2 ft. x 2 ft. style? 2 ft. T-bar grid cross-pieces are inexpensive, simple to install, and can be purchased from your local home center.

Do I need border tiles?

Short answer - probably.

Long answer - most interior spaces are not perfectly square. In all likelihood, you will have a border along the edge of your ceiling where less than full-size ceiling tiles are required. Border tiles (also called "edge trim" and "filler tiles") have been designed with patterns that lend themselves to trimming and installing in ceiling border areas.

You can choose a panel with a strong three-dimensional profile for the center of your ceiling and a simpler edge trim tile along the edges, or you can use your border tile throughout the entirety of your ceiling for a continuous pattern. It's up to you, but if you have spots where tiles will need to be cut, you'll need to make sure you have chosen one of the styles that work as edge trim!

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