Ceilings are important. While most homeowners prefer wood, knowing the various forms of ceilings can help you choose the ideal one for your home.  

The form of ceiling that you pick varies on your specific room as well as your intentions. Do you want it to provide excellent performance aspects? Do you want it to be appealing and elaborate? Do you want it to be simple, such as a suspended ceiling with ceiling grids

To help you pick the right style for your home, here are the most common types of ceilings to consider. 

Tray Ceiling 

This type of ceiling is multi-level ceilings. They begin from a single height and drop as you add levels. As the name implies, the tray ceiling looks like a tray.  

The raised center is surrounded by the flat ceiling on the outside. With every added level or step that surrounds the raised center, tray ceilings become a bit lower. This produces a 3-D effect as the ceiling expands outwards.  

This type of ceiling can make your room appear taller and add a dramatic effect to space. However, you’ve got to ensure your ceiling height is at least 8 feet tall when you want to install this.  

Coffered Ceiling 

Coffered ceilings are typically found in hotels, libraries, churches, and luxury houses. They show a luxurious and classic design. A coffered ceiling is an expensive choice when compared to traditional ones. They need to be installed by professionals who are familiar with this type of ceiling.  

High-quality coffered ceilings are usually built to work with regular T-Bar suspension grids. This helps to make the installation process a lot simpler.  

Suspended Ceiling 

A dropped ceiling, commonly known as suspended ceiling, hangs from a metal grid below the old ceiling that’s already installed.  

Typically, suspended ceilings are installed with noise-regulating acoustic ceiling tiles. However, this type of ceiling enables designers to hide lighting fixtures, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical fixtures above the exposed and dropped ceiling. This includes wiring and pipes.  

A suspended ceiling is usually utilized in retail areas, offices, and commercial properties. The reason for this is that this type of ceiling offers designers excellent flexibility. Almost every wood ceiling is suspended with the help of a ceiling grid. They’re a much more affordable choice.  

Conventional Ceiling 

This type of ceiling is usually found in residential properties. Conventional ceilings have a regular drywall finish. They’re constructed using low-cost materials. They are also easy to install.  

Conventional ceilings are flat and plain. Typically, they’re between 7 to 10 feet high and can fit with the usual sizing for construction materials.  

While conventional ceiling can be accessed easily, a room can feel closed in if it is too low. You can greatly open up space if you raise the ceiling by several feet. It can also improve the resale value of your home. 

However, upgrading conventional ceilings comes with a bigger cost. The reason for this is that it will need the use of materials that aren’t a standard fit. You will have to weigh the possible resale value and cost, as well as how crucial the aesthetic appeal is for you.