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Material Choices For The Best Suspended Ceilings

Material Choices For The Best Suspended Ceilings

Suspended ceilings are available in a range of materials. But how do you know which one to go for? Whether you’re giving your home a spruce up or you’re looking for the best drop ceiling for your retail or commercial fit-out, here’s our guide to the ideal material for the job.

Which materials are available?

Depending on your suspended ceiling supplier, you may be able to commission any of the following materials:


One of the most common materials for suspended ceilings, plasterboard is a lightweight and versatile material, available in a range of colours. You can also ensure your plasterboard ceiling is fire and water-resistant. 


For a durable and affordable material choice, you can’t beat metal. Galvanised iron and aluminium are the most common options. A benefit of metal false ceilings is that they’re easy to install and remove if needed. 


Timber can provide a distinctive, rustic look. It’s a popular choice for giving rooms at home an extra sense of dimension and texture.


Made from hydrated calcium sulphate, you’ll usually find this material in the form of tiles or panels. If you want to use this material for your suspended ceiling, it will need to be supported by an iron framework.

Mineral fibre

If you’re looking for an affordable false ceiling material that’s easy to install, mineral fibre is a great choice. These ceiling tiles are usually made from a mixture of materials such as recycled newspaper, mineral wool, and fibreglass. 

Another versatile material, you can find mineral fibre ceilings in a variety of styles and textures. 


If you’re looking for a drop ceiling material that lets in plenty of light, glass could be the ideal material choice. Suitable for offices and workspaces as well as homes, it provides a reflective surface that can be very striking.

If you’d like to know more about the suspended ceiling materials we use at SLP Interiors, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Questions to consider when choosing a material for your suspended ceiling

Why do you want a drop ceiling? 

Think about your reasoning for choosing a false ceiling. Do you want to conceal pipes and wiring in your commercial space? Or are you looking to improve insulation levels in your office?  Maybe your suspended ceiling will be purely visual. This may influence the material you choose.

What aesthetic do you want? 

In fact, perhaps one of the first things that will cross your mind is how you want your suspended ceiling to look. Different materials will give you varying looks and atmospheres. For instance, if you want a warm, rustic appearance, you might want to explore timber options. On the other hand, if you’d like a more industrial look, then metal could be the best choice.

As well as informing which material you go for, the aesthetic you desire from your space will inform which style of suspended ceiling you go for. You have three main options

  • A lay-in grid – here, you’ll see the grid, set with tiles within.
  • Clip-in ceilings – if you don’t want an exposed grid, clip-in is your best option.
  • M/F ceilings – these consist of a metal framework, with plasterboard fixed to the underside.

Are acoustics a priority?

Perhaps you work in a busy shared office building and want to create a peaceful environment. You might choose to install a suspended ceiling to help with noise reduction. However, it’s important to note that not all materials will have the desired effect. 

Metal, for example, is great for reflecting sound but it doesn’t absorb sound waves well. Gypsum, on the other hand, is a light, soundproof material that works well in this situation and adds insulation. Mineral fibre ceiling tiles are another reliable option for absorbing sound.

Do you want to go for a sustainable option?

If sustainability is a high priority for you, then looking at recycled or reclaimed materials can help ensure you get the most eco-friendly results. Why not explore mineral fibre options? 

Suspended ceilings at home

If you’re considering installing a suspended ceiling at home, chances are you’re looking for a material that will offer a cosy, comfortable space. If this is the case, you might want to steer away from metal and look at plaster or gypsum — both give a clean, contemporary look and are easy to maintain. For something that makes more of a statement, you could look at wood options.

Suspended ceilings in your office

Suspended ceilings are a great way to conceal air conditioning units and wiring that might be distracting in an office environment. Because you can remove the panels to access electricals, a suspended ceiling allows you full access for maintenance.

For a stylish industrial look, you might want to consider a steel or aluminium drop ceiling. Alternatively, you could customise plasterboard of gypsum to complement your existing office decor.

Drop ceiling options for retail spaces

Suspended ceilings are an excellent way to keep your retail store ambient and hygienic while maintaining an elegant aesthetic. For best results, look for suspended ceilings made from plasterboard, gypsum, or another easy-to-clean material. 

Suspended ceilings in the Bristol area

If you’re looking for top-quality suspended ceilings in the South West, SLP Interiors are here to help. We offer expert drop ceiling installation suitable for a range of projects, along with glazed or solid partitions to elevate your office or commercial space. 

For inspiration, take a look at our past projects or drop us a line to discuss your needs.