A roof over your head, food in your stomach and peace in your heart — that’s all you need for a happy life! But it pays to have a roof that is a treat to look at! Yes, we are talking about false ceilings. Gone are the days when the fifth wall was just an ignored part of your home. Most new-age homeowners are opting for false ceilings that can tie in with the decor of their homes. But before you decide to take the plunge, you should have a clear idea about the false ceiling cost. Read this guide to know more.

#1: What are the factors that determine the cost of a false ceiling?

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Intricate designs will cost you more

Multiple factors affect the false ceiling cost per square foot. These include:

  • The type of false ceiling material, such as Gypsum, POP, wood, fibre etc
  • The drop of the false ceiling from the original ceiling; the greater the drop, the higher will be the cost
  • Type of design; intricate designs will push up the cost
  • The volume of work that must be done; the greater the volume, the lower the price

#2: How to measure a false ceiling to calculate the cost?

Before you jump into calculating the false ceiling cost, you need to first measure the area of your ceiling. Here are the steps that you must follow:

  • First, calculate the surface area of your ceiling in square feet
  • Multiply the sq. ft. surface area by the unit price per sq. ft.
  • Calculate the cove length in rft
  • Multiply the calculated cove length by the unit price per rft
  • Add the cost of finishing as per the design (paint finish, polish etc.)

The total will give you the complete cost.

#3: Does the cost differ from city to city? If yes, why?

The false ceiling cost in Bengaluru might be quite different from the cost in Mumbai. The cost of installing a false ceiling differs from place to place. This can be attributed to two main reasons — the cost of labour and the cost of materials used in creating the false ceiling. Both labour cost and the cost of raw materials can change from place to place. As a result, the cost can vary by up to 10 to 15% from one city to another.

#4: What is the starting cost of a POP false ceiling?

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POP false ceilings are versatile

POP or Plaster of Paris is one of the most common false ceiling types that you get to see in Indian homes. This quick-setting plaster made of white powder is versatile and can be used to create unique designs. While a POP false ceiling will have a base starting price, this price will go up depending upon your customisations.

Starting cost of a POP false ceiling: ₹90 per sq. ft. + GST

#5: What is the starting cost of a gypsum false ceiling?

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Gypsum false ceilings can cancel out noise

Another type of false ceiling that is very popular amongst homeowners is gypsum. Gypsum is not only an energy-efficient natural soft mineral but it also has sound-absorbing qualities, making it a perfect choice in cities. However, a gypsum false ceiling can occupy a few inches of height and hence should only be used in rooms that have a high ceiling.

Starting cost of a gypsum ceiling: ₹85 per sq. ft. + GST

#6: What is the starting cost of a wooden false ceiling?

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You can either cover the entire ceiling with a wooden false ceiling or opt for rafters

Trends come and go but if there is one material that is evergreen, it is wood. While traditionally, most Indian homes just had a plain white ceiling, new homeowners are opting to add a touch of warmth with a wooden false ceiling design. One of the main advantages of a wooden false ceiling is that it can be both traditional and modern, depending upon the design you choose.

Starting cost of a wooden ceiling (laminate): ₹700 per sq. ft. + GST

Starting cost of a wooden ceiling (veneer and polish): ₹920 per sq. ft. + GST

Now that you know the cost of a false ceiling, you can go ahead and choose a design that you love. But before you do that, check out this guide on designer false ceilings

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