How to Install Ceiling Grid

Here is a simple how-to on installing ceiling grid. Our PVC grid is rust proof, water proof and easy to clean. The quicklock keyhole system makes for an easy installation much like traditional metal grid.

Planning your Suspended Ceiling

Planning your ceiling layout starts out with a basic choice: Do you start the layout with a full tile in one corner (cornered) or do you center all the full tiles with cut border panels around the perimeter of the room (balanced) - which results in a more professional look but generally will use more tiles.

You will have to determine the direction the mains run in. With a 2x2 ceiling tile layout, the mains can be installed in either direction. With a 2x4 ceiling, the mains will have to run in the direction of the 4' side of the ceiling tiles.

Mark your Ceiling Layout

After balancing and measuring the ceiling area and determining the border tile sizes, snap chalk line alone the wall at the desired level of ceiling drop.

Start your Support System

Install the angled moulding along the chalk line:

Install the hanger wires every 2 feet on center where the mains will be installed and cut your first main for the border tile, measure in from the first keyhole and cut at the border dimension. Install the main along the first chalk line so that the keyhole is aligned with the intersecting border tile chalk line:

Contine to install the mains linking them by sliding the connector clip over the abutting ends of the mains, installing the subsequent mains 2 feet on center. When the mains are installed its time to snap in the cross T’s. The keyhole operation makes this process easy. With 2×2 layout the cross T’s are placed every 2 feet, and with a 2×4 tile system the cross T’s are placed every 4 feet. Just insert and push down to lock. When installing the teas make sure the bulb on the T is facing outward.For border areas just measure and cut the teas to legnth with your tin snips. With the cross T’s in place your ready to place your tiles in the grid and complete the job!