DIY Doctor

Main navigation

Lowering a ceiling - What size timber?

Postby mikip » Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:18 pm


I intend to lower the ceiling by about 12 inches in a bathroom of size 2.5m x 3.5m. I am going to construct a frame around the walls and place cross members every 400mm. PLasterboard will be fixed to the frame and pvc cladding screwed to the plasterbaord.

What size timber should be used for the timber framework ? Would 2" x 2" be OK?

Rank: Labourer
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:53 pm


Gorilla Glue heavy duty grab adhesive

Postby Dan the man » Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:45 pm

3x2 would be best 2x2 would sag eventually over a period of time.
Dan the man
Rank: Ganger
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 109
Joined: Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:47 pm

Postby steve61 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:53 pm


50mm x 50mm would be ok as long as you used some struts fixed to the new ceiling timbers, extended vertically and fixed to timbers, which in turn are fixed to the existing ceiling joists.

Hope this helps,

Rank: Apprentice
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 7
Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:17 pm

Postby bazl30 » Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:37 pm

i'd go for either 3 x 2 or 4 x 2, its gona be a lot strong as im sure you'll be using 1/2 plasterboard...better job for the sake of a few extra pounds..
Rank: Labourer
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:32 pm

Display posts from previous
Sort by
Order by

  • DIY How to Project Guides
  • DIY how to tutorial projects and guides - Did you know we have a DIY Projects section? Well, if no, then we certainly do! Within this area of our site have literally hundreds of how-to guides and tutorials that cover a huge range of home improvement tasks. Each page also comes with pictures and a video to make completing those jobs even easier!

  • Related Topics