Suspended ceilings, also known as drop or false ceilings, have become a staple in modern architecture. They offer a range of benefits, from concealing unsightly wires to improving thermal efficiency and aesthetics in both commercial and residential buildings.
If you’re considering installing a suspended ceiling in your property or business, you’ll probably be wondering how much suspended ceilings are going to cost you.
What is a suspended ceiling?
Before diving into the costs, let’s briefly recap what a suspended ceiling is. Suspended ceilings are secondary ceilings suspended from the structural slabs above. When these panels are installed, they create a gap between the structural ceiling and the suspended ceiling, typically ranging from 3 to 8 inches.
This gap serves a functional purpose by concealing wires and structural elements. Suspended ceilings are constructed from tiles that fit within a metal grid frame, offering a wide range of customisation options in terms of colour, design, and material.
How much do suspended ceilings cost?
Whilst no two suspended ceiling installations are going to cost the exact same, it is possible to gain an estimate by working out the average cost per metre square. On average, suspended ceilings cost around £28.50 per metre square, but you can expect to pay more depending on your chosen ceiling material and labour costs.
Measure the area
Determine the square footage of the space where you plan to install the suspended ceiling by measuring the length and width of the room and multiplying the dimensions.
Choose your ceiling material
Select the type of ceiling material that suits your needs and budget. Choose from our range of materials including metal, timber, mineral fibre and cork, or vinyl.
Estimate labour cost
Contact us at SLP Interiors to obtain a quote for our installation labour, and we’ll be able to bring your suspended ceiling vision to life in no time. Just make sure you provide us with detailed information about your project’s complexity.
Add additional features
If you plan to include any additional features, such as integrated lighting or soundproofing, include these extras in your plan when you reach out to us for a quote. This way we’ll be able to detail a comprehensive cost plan of your project.
Average costs of suspended ceilings
The cost of a suspended ceiling is typically calculated per square foot or square metre. On average, the cost for materials only can range from £1 to £15 per square foot or more, but remember that this excludes labour costs.
Keep in mind that these are approximate costs, and actual prices may vary based on your location and specific project requirements.
Metal suspended ceilings
Cost Range: £5 to £15 per square foot
Description: Metal suspended ceilings are often at the higher end of the price spectrum due to their durability, heat resistance, and moisture resistance. They are a popular choice for commercial spaces where aesthetics and longevity are important. The cost may vary depending on the type of metal used (e.g., aluminium, steel) and the finish (e.g., painted, powder-coated).
Timber suspended ceilings
Cost Range: £4 to £10 per square foot
Timber suspended ceilings are less common but are valued for their natural appearance and acoustic properties. The cost may vary depending on the type of wood used and its finish. Timber ceilings are often chosen for spaces where a warm and inviting atmosphere is desired.
Mineral fibre suspended ceilings
Cost Range: £1 to £5 per square foot
Mineral fibre suspended ceilings are cost-effective and provide good acoustic and thermal insulation. They are a popular choice for both commercial and residential applications. The cost varies based on the thickness and quality of the mineral fibre tiles.
Cork suspended ceilings
Cost Range: £2 to £6 per square foot
Description: Cork suspended ceilings are lightweight and offer some acoustic benefits. They are a unique choice that adds a natural and textured look to a space. The cost depends on the thickness and quality of the cork tiles.
Vinyl suspended ceilings
Cost Range: £2 to £7 per square foot
Vinyl suspended ceilings are known for being hardwearing and easy to clean. They are often chosen for areas where moisture resistance is important, such as bathrooms and kitchens. The cost varies based on the quality and design of the vinyl tiles
Types of suspended ceilings
Understanding the various types of suspended ceilings can help you make an informed choice about your upcoming project.
Lay-in grid ceilings
The most commonly installed type, lay-in grid ceilings, use a metal grid to support individual ceiling tiles. These tiles are easy to install and replace during commercial fit-outs, making them ideal for offices, schools, retail units, and leisure centres.
Clip-in suspended ceilings offer a sleek, polished appearance by clipping metal tiles into a ‘T’ bar. They provide a visually appealing finish, but access to the ceiling void is more restricted, making them suitable for hospitals, food preparation areas, and transport hubs.
M/F ceilings (metal furring)
M/F suspended ceilings combine a metal framework with plasterboard fixed to the underside. The plasterboard is then taped, filled, or skim-plastered to create a smooth, seamless appearance. This option combines the strength of metal with the versatility of plasterboard and is suitable for both new builds and refurbishments, commonly used in offices and warehouses.
Quality suspended ceiling projects with SLP Interiors
At SLP Interiors, we have over 30 years experience in fitting suspended ceilings. From office fit-outs to retail spaces, you can count on us to deliver high-quality, reliable suspended ceilings that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
To get a quote, or to simply discuss your project needs. Get in touch with us today to find out more.