Suspended Ceilings

What is a Suspended Ceiling?

A suspended ceiling system, (also known as a false, or dropped ceiling) is an installation attached to the original ceiling which is designed to cover up unsightly ceiling finishes, hide pipes, wiring, or an unwanted soffit, and improve the acoustic qualities of the environment below.

Why Fit a Suspended Ceiling?

Traditional ceiling finishes require the skills of a plasterer, which – in turn – require extended periods of delay whilst waiting for the plaster finish to dry. Suspended ceiling tiles are an affordable alternative which can be installed quickly and with the minimum of disruption. The suspended ceiling system is made up of tiles which are available in a range of materials including laminates, mineral fibre, plasterboard, and metal.

One of the major advantages to fitting a suspended ceiling is the void space that is created between the original ceiling slabs and the new fitting. At StanLil we have found this invaluable when fitting out retail outlets, and office spaces, as the yards of cabling now required to set up internet connections can be stored in this area, and remain easily accessible to IT technicians via the removal of individual ceiling tiles.

The acoustic absorption rate of suspended ceiling tiles can radically improve, or enhance, the sound quality of the environment below them. Many tiles are now manufactured with perforations which help to control the reverberation time in the space they are located. For spaces requiring sophisticated levels of reverberation control, panels with acoustic baffles are available.


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Suspended Ceiling Application

Suspended ceilings are hung from a grid made up of metal channels that look like a T hung upside down. These are suspended on wires from the ceiling above. Speedy installation is made possible by the simple process of creating a grid using components that snap together in a cell pattern. Each cell created within the grid represents a tile which is then fitted to create a stable and robust suspended ceiling structure.

Suspended Ceiling Finishes

StanLil have worked on a number of projects utilising specialist feature ceilings where clients have used the blank canvas of the ceiling space to unleash their imaginations and remould the space below:

Sloping Suspended Ceilings – the creation of a sloped or vaulted ceiling creates the illusion of height in a room and provides an interesting architectural shape to work with.

Lighting Troughs – these lighting ‘runways’ are particularly popular in retail fit outs, and can be used to great effect in conjunction with directional lighting to pick out featured areas of the store.

Domed Ceilings – StanLil have fitted these as a crowning feature for a dining room, or as an alcove finish. This is a stunning way to provide height, focus and grandeur by breaking up the straight lines of a room.

Sunken Panels – these provide an excellent framework for bold paint finishes in a room, and creative lighting opportunities. The recessed panels can vary in size, and shape, and texture.

StanLil Expertise with Suspended Ceilings

Our suspended ceilings applications range from the functional – in office, commercial, and light industrial settings – to the boldly theatrical in domestic interiors, period properties, and retail fit outs. Many of our clients have been excited by the imaginative possibilities of these ‘shape shifting’ structures, and – when combined with the creative use of colour and light – they can transform a rectangular space into an exciting, multipurpose environment.