In This Article
- 1. What Is a False Ceiling?
- 2. What Factors Affect Your False Ceiling Price?
- 3. What Are the Features of False Ceiling Materials?
- 4. Calculate Your False Ceiling Cost As per the Material Used
- 5. How Do You Measure a False Ceiling?
- 6. What Is the Cost of Electrical Work?
- 7. Does the False Ceiling Design Cost Differ From City to City?
- 8. The Cost Range of Different False Ceiling Materials
- Real Life Examples From Livspace Homes
- Important Questions to Ask to Get the Best False Ceiling Design
- Design Gallery
- How Can Livspace Help You?
False ceilings are a great way to add both aesthetic appeal and functionality to your home. Whether you’re looking to conceal electrical work, create a drop ceiling, or simply add some visual interest, a false ceiling can be a good choice. However, before you start your false ceiling project, it’s important to know the cost involved.
Your overall false ceiling cost depends on several factors such as the material and finish, design, and the size of your home. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps of how to calculate the cost of your false ceiling, so you can budget for your interiors with confidence.
1. What Is a False Ceiling?
A false ceiling is a secondary ceiling that drops from your original or true ceiling. It helps you conceal your air conditioning ducts and electrical wiring to give your ceiling a seamless look.
Not only do false ceilings help in adding a visual element to your room, but they can also be used for sound insulation. Materials like gypsum, POP, laminate, veneer, and PVC are common options you’d find in the construction of false ceilings.
2. What Factors Affect Your False Ceiling Price?
There are multiple factors that can affect your false ceiling cost per square foot. Here are a few to note:
- Material: Gypsum, POP, laminate, veneer, and PVC are some common false ceiling materials you can choose from. The material you choose can further affect your overall false ceiling cost
- Drop Height: The height at which your false ceiling drops from the original ceiling can influence costs. The lower the false ceiling is, the higher the design cost can be
- Floor-to-Ceiling Height: Your false ceiling cost can vary depending on the floor-to-ceiling height. Additionally, you may incur scaffolding charges for high ceilings
- Design: Not all designs are priced the same. The design style and level of work required can push up the cost
- Volume of Work: The higher the volume of work, the lower the price can be with applicable discounts
- Detailing and Electrical Work: Intricate detailing in your design that covers a wide area can directly affect the overall cost. Different electrical fixtures are also priced at different ranges. The type of false ceiling lights you choose for your home can add to the cost of work
3. What Are the Features of False Ceiling Materials?
Since each material offers its own unique qualities, the option you choose can further affect your false ceiling cost. Here are some of the features each material offers:
Compared to the other materials in this list, veneer and laminate can be relatively more expensive.
4. Calculate Your False Ceiling Cost As per the Material Used
We’ve taken a look at the various factors and materials that can affect the cost of your false ceiling, but how much should you budget for, while bearing these factors in mind? Let’s take a look at some cost ranges to help you plan your finances:
|Materials||False Ceiling Price Range per Sq. Ft.*||Notes|
|POP||₹95 to ₹105 per sq. ft. + 18% GST|
|Gypsum Standard||₹75 to ₹85 per sq. ft. + 18% GST||For a standard gypsum false |
ceiling with a Gyproc board
and local A-grade channels
|Gypsum Premium||₹90 to ₹105 per sq. ft. + 18% GST||For a premium gypsum false |
ceiling with premium Gyproc
board and channels
|Laminate||₹700 to ₹800 per sq. ft. + 18% GST||The cost may vary depending |
on the finishing used on the
|Veneer||₹900 to ₹1,200 per sq. ft. + 18% GST||The cost may vary depending |
on the base price of the
veneer and type of polish
such as PU or melamine
|PVC||₹160 to ₹185 per sq. ft. + 18% GST||For a laminate PVC ceiling|
*The prices mentioned above are an estimate of false ceiling design costs based on the scope of work required. Your overall false ceiling design charges can vary depending on the city, labour charges, material and finish, design, and the size of your home.
5. How Do You Measure a False Ceiling?
Materials aren’t the only thing that affect your false ceiling design price. In fact, the size of the room can further influence the cost of design. So, to calculate your false ceiling price, you first need to measure the area of your ceiling. Here are the steps that you must follow to measure your false ceiling rate:
- First, calculate the surface area of your ceiling in square feet
- Multiply the square-foot surface area by the unit price per square foot
- Calculate the cove length in running feet (To install one cove, you need to consider 3 times its length as there are 3 internal vertical Gypsum sheets that need to be installed to create a cove)
- Multiply the calculated cove length by the unit price per square foot
- Add the cost of finishing as per the design (paint or polish)
This combined total will give you an estimate of your overall false ceiling design price.
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6. What Is the Cost of Electrical Work?
These are some of the prices to note while adding lighting and fan fixtures to your false ceiling. While false ceilings are priced on a sq. ft. basis, electrical work for false ceilings is priced on a per-point basis.
|Type of Work||Estimated Costs**|
|Electrical looping per point||₹600 to ₹750 per point + 18% GST|
|Fixture installation||₹100 to ₹120 per light + 18% GST|
|Fan installation||₹425 to ₹500 per fan + 18% GST|
|Light gala cutting||₹100 to ₹120 per point + 18% GST|
**The prices mentioned above are an estimate of the electrical work that goes into your false ceiling design costs, based on the scope of work required. The overall charges for your electrical work can vary depending on the city, labour charges, and the size of your home.
7. Does the False Ceiling Design Cost Differ From City to City?
The price of installing a false ceiling differs from place to place. This is because the cost of labour and the cost of materials used in creating the false ceiling can vary. As a result, the exact false ceiling cost per square foot can vary by approximately 10% from one city to another.
8. The Cost Range of Different False Ceiling Materials
1. POP False Ceiling
POP is one of the most common and budget-friendly false ceiling options that you may see in Indian homes. This quick-setting plaster made of white powder is also fire-resistant and malleable.
While a POP false ceiling can have a base starting price, the POP false ceiling rate may go up depending on your customisations.
2. Gypsum False Ceiling
One of the most popular types of false ceiling materials is gypsum. These sheets are readily available in a 6-foot x 4-foot size and are fire-resistant as well as budget-friendly.
However, a gypsum false ceiling can be on the bulkier side compared to other materials, occupying a few inches of height. Hence, only consider using it in rooms that have a high ceiling.
Also Read: 20+ Latest False Ceiling Design Ideas That Will Give Your Home a Stunning New Look
3. Laminate and Veneer False Ceilings
If you want the look of a wooden false ceiling, but don’t want to worry about maintenance, we have just the solution for you. Materials like laminate and veneer can be used to create a wood-like appearance, making them easier to maintain than solid wood.
Though these materials may be priced comparatively higher than other options, they are durable and offer a luxurious look.
Between the two, laminate false ceilings are cheaper compared to veneer. This is because veneer and solid wood require polishing, whereas laminate is a finished product.
*The cost may vary depending on the finishing used on the laminate.
**Prices may vary depending on the base price of the veneer and type of polish used, such as PU or melamine.
4. PVC False Ceilings
PVC false ceilings are more resistant to moisture, which is why they are most commonly used in bathrooms and balconies. Moreover, PVC is also available in a wooden texture, making it a cheaper alternative to real wood.
So, if you’re looking to achieve that wood-like look in your bathroom but are worried about the maintenance, consider going for PVC.
So, now that you know how much different types of false ceilings can cost you, how about taking a look at some examples from Livspace homes?
Real Life Examples From Livspace Homes
Who Livs Here: The Sehrawats, New Delhi
- Each room in the home flaunts a different type of false ceiling
- The circular gypsum false ceiling with in-laid wallpaper in the dining area is the highlight of the space
Who Livs Here: Vivek and Himani Agrawal, Pune
- Our designer ties the POP false ceilings in the living and dining areas together by using a uniform shade of brown to create a cohesive look
- For the kid’s room, cloud-shaped POP false ceilings take centre stage
Who Livs Here: Niveditaa and Malay Pal, Gurgaon
- Lending a rustic touch to the dining area, the combination gypsum and veneer false ceiling is further accentuated by a melamine polish finish
- For the bedrooms, our designer uses cove lights for a modern look
Need more design inspiration? Be sure to check out our varied collection of false ceiling designs.
Important Questions to Ask to Get the Best False Ceiling Design
Psst: We’ve already answered them for you!
Q1: Ceiling height—is it sufficient for a false ceiling?
A: The minimum floor-to-ceiling height required for a false ceiling is 8 feet. Your false ceiling usually sits at a 4-inch drop from the true ceiling.
Q2: Do the materials and finishes you prefer suit the features you’re looking for?
A: For kitchens, POP and gypsum can be used as they are fire-resistant. These two materials can also be good options for your living room. PVC is water-resistant and can work well in bathrooms.
Q3: Does the design need to account for fans or any other additional fixtures?
A: Maintain proper distance between the placement of fans and lights. Lights cannot be added above the fan and need to be spaced apart from other elements in the room such as furniture. Your lights also need to be evenly distributed to avoid concentrating them in one spot.
Q4: Do you have any colour or shape preferences?
A: If the purpose of the false ceiling is to act as a statement piece, opt for intricate designs and shapes. Smaller living rooms can benefit from a circular false ceiling, whereas a rectangular false ceiling works best for bigger living rooms. Similarly, a colourful or highly patterned design can make the room appear smaller or more cluttered.
Q5: Is the false ceiling meant to be a statement design piece, or is its purpose purely functional?
A: Statement pieces can be more detailed and dramatic, whereas functional designs are solely to help conceal electrical wiring, soundproof the space, and give it a clean look. It can also help conceal wires that run through your air-conditioning system.
Q6: Where is the false ceiling being placed?
A: Not all materials are fit for each room; dry and moist areas will require different materials. High-moisture areas like bathrooms and balconies need materials like PVC that are weather-resistant. On the other hand, laminate, veneer, gypsum, and POP can be great options for a living room false ceiling.
From circular designs to cloud-shaped patterns, there’s a false ceiling design that can suit every room. Let’s browse through some of the designs that Livspace homeowners love to go for.
Check out stunning false ceiling designs:
How Can Livspace Help You?
- We have designed false ceilings in 18K+ homes pan India since 2019
- We offer a one-year warranty on false ceilings with the best of materials and finishes to ensure you have a long-lasting design
- We can help you get a well-planned, trending design with constant supervision and regular updates from our operations team
Eager to get your hands on a unique ceiling design for your home? Book an online consultation with Livspace to get started.
Disclaimer: All contents of the story are specific to the time of publication. Mentions of costs, budget, materials, finishes, and products from the Livspace catalogue can vary with reference to current rates. Additionally, please note that the false ceiling designs showcased within the story are subject to availability and will vary based on the year the homes were designed in. Consult our designers for more details on the latest false ceiling designs.
1. How Much Does a Gyproc False Ceiling Cost per Square Foot?
The false ceiling price per sq. ft. for a gypsum false ceiling can range from ₹75 to ₹85 per sq. ft. + 18% GST (standard) to ₹90 to ₹105 per sq. ft. + 18% GST (premium).
2. Which False Ceiling Material Is Cheaper?
Standard gypsum is the cheapest false ceiling material, as it ranges from ₹75 to ₹85 per sq. ft. + 18% GST.
3. How Do You Calculate Your False Ceiling Area to Know the Cost?
Calculate the surface area of your ceiling in square feet and multiply the square-foot surface area by the unit price per square foot.
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