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« on: June 07, 2007 05:25:00 PM »

Last summer the tiles on my living room ceiling came crashing down.  Don't worry---they were very old and damaged, and no one was here when it happened! 

We cannot afford to put in tin tiles which is what we really want.  I had the idea to do a fabric draped ceiling, but could never find any photos or how-to instructions.  I was thinking of stapling cheap white muslin up along the walls and then gathering it in the center, where the chandelier is. 

Here's a photo of the look I'm after, although my ceilings aren't that high.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/house-tours/inside-out-gehry-and-lanyas-life-meets-art-024144

Anyone have any ideas on how to do this?  Am I crazy?
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2007 05:29:50 PM »

No idea whatsoever, but you're not crazy. It's possible.

This would be really cool if we figured it out!
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2007 05:45:31 PM »

Unless your ceilings are very high, I think it would be very difficult to get exactly that look. You probably need to keep the fabric as close to the ceiling as possible in order to avoid having people bumping their heads on it or having it pulling the room down.

There are some other options with fabric.

There's the standard wave which looks similar to this:
http://www.rdalland.com/jboxer.jpg

There's a shirred ceiling:
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/dc_design_kitchen/article/0,1793,HGTV_3375_1397674,00.html

Then there's this one, which I think is closest to what you're going for:
http://mugwumpproductions.com/images_july_2004/Fabric%20Ceiling4.jpg

I think the shirred ceiling could be adapted to create that last one using fabric panels and a centerpiece to anchor it. Maybe a ceiling rosette or something like that.
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2007 09:29:28 AM »

Heya, I got my room made over by a TV company, and they did this for my bedroom, obviously i wasn't there but I watched the programme;
-they put up wooden batons (i think thats what you call them, like wood screwed into the walls) all round the perimeter of the
-They then screwed in a MDF circle in the middle of the cieling
-The fabric is staple gunned in the centre and then pulled out to the sides, draped and stapled to the batons (or vice versa)

Now, it looks stunning i must admit, however for a long-term solution it might not be the best idea, as dust collects in the fabric. I don't have as asthma but I was constantly coughing and sneezing, the fabric can also make the room look smaller and darker (although it depends on your room). I have subsequently taken down the fabric ceiling because it was making sick.

I just thought id give you the flip side of the solution; although of course if this is the best solution for you id go ahead (it does look great and youre only doing it in your living room so it probably wouldnt affect you as much)

Good luck !!!!
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2007 03:05:48 PM »

My question is why did your ceiling come crashing down in the first place?  This might affect your decision of what to do.  The draped ceilings look neat, but are terrible for dust mites and pet hair etc...
Here is an alternative to tin ceilings, that look like tin ceilings except less expensive : )  They have a bunch of different colors, and designs!
http://cgi.ebay.com/AC9-ANTIQUE-COPPER-PVC-ceiling-tiles-TIN-ALTERNATIVE_W0QQitemZ110147868391QQihZ001QQcategoryZ10034QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2007 05:05:57 PM »

My question is why did your ceiling come crashing down in the first place?  This might affect your decision of what to do.  The draped ceilings look neat, but are terrible for dust mites and pet hair etc...
Here is an alternative to tin ceilings, that look like tin ceilings except less expensive : )  They have a bunch of different colors, and designs!
http://cgi.ebay.com/AC9-ANTIQUE-COPPER-PVC-ceiling-tiles-TIN-ALTERNATIVE_W0QQitemZ110147868391QQihZ001QQcategoryZ10034QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


The ceiling came down because it was made of very old cardboard/particleboard tiles that were poorly installed to begin with.  All it took was a few days of heavy rain to make the air humid enough to make the already sagging tiles come crashing down.

Thanks for the link, but we actually did order a sample of one of those tiles--they are all over ebay.  Unfortunately they are made of a flimsy and cheap looking styrofoam. 

My DH pretty much talked me out of the fabric ceiling due to the whole dust factor.  Mainly I was thinking of it as a temporary fix until we could find something we could afford, but we actually found some ceiling tiles from Armstrong that aren't too terribly expensive. 

Thanks everyone for your input!
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2007 02:23:23 AM »

That is an awesome looking room...but I dont think that idea would translate well to most other "normal" bedrooms. Like you said...your ceiling isnt that high, and I have a feeling it'd just make the room look even smaller.

Have you checked into embossed wallpaper? They have some that looks *exactly* like those old tin ceilings. I think that would be a MUCH better solution! HTH!
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