The style depends on 4 things:
1. the Layout – we custom design each ceiling to suit the size of the room and other features that affect the ceiling such as lighting and ductwork.
2. the Grid – the grid itself (mainrunners and crosstees) comes in 2 designs, 3″ wide and 2″ wide. The 3″ wide grid is plain and looks more like a beam. It is the most popular. We also offer a 2″ wide grid which has a detail in the center.
3. the Depth of Coffer (or drop-in panel) – we offer the Deep Coffer, Medium Coffer and also a Flat Panel style. If you have 8’6″ ceilings and higher, you can easily use the Deep Coffer style. If you have 8′ ceilings, the Medium Coffer would be a good choice. If you have low ceilings or just want a flat look, you can go with our flat panel.
4. the Specie of Wood and Color – we manufacture the coffered ceilings in Poplar, Red Oak, Knotty Alder, Knotty Pine, Ash, Soft Maple, Cherry and Walnut. We also offer custom-made coffered ceilings in other domestic and imported hard-woods. Poplar is our least expensive wood, and it can be painted, or it can be stained beautifully in medium to dark cherry, walnut or mahogany colors. We offer custom cabinet-grade finishing to match the color of your choice. (see finishing)
The grid shown in this photo is 3 inches wide and is smooth on the face. It looks more like a beam and is typically laid out 32 inches on center for the Deep Coffer and 30″ on center for the Medium Coffer style.
The grid shown in this photo is 2 inches wide and has a detailed shape in the face of the grid. This photo shows the 2″ grid laid out 25 inches on center with 24″ x 24″ Deep Coffers.
the Depth of Coffer – Deep, Medium or Flat Panel
The Deep Coffer is the most popular depth and uses a 4-5/8″ crown. It takes up 4″ from the face of the grid to the back of the coffer. If you are suspending the grid from a drywalled ceiling, you will need 7″ of vertical space. This will allow you room to angle the coffers up thru each.
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Medium Coffer takes up 1″ less vertical space than the Deep and is often used in rooms with ceilings at 8′ or less. It uses a 3-1/2″ crown. It takes up 3″ from the face of the grid to the back of the coffer. If you are suspending the grid from a drywalled ceiling, you will need 6″ of vertical space. This will allow you room to angle the coffers up thru each.
We also offer a flat panel which is often used in basements and other areas where the ceiling height is low. Most often we use 1/2″ plywood with a matching wood veneer as the flat panel. You could also use acrylic panels, acoustical tiles, tin panels, mirrored panels.