False Ceiling Renovation Cost Guide in Singapore for 2022

Cove lights and ceiling fans make for cozy ambience, but false ceilings are becoming popular forms of architecture for homes and offices!
August 31, 2022

What is a False Ceiling?

A false ceiling is a type of installation that acts as a secondary or artificial ceiling. It is typically suspended below the actual ceiling, and is often illuimated by recessed lights. False ceiling designs have become popular options for modern homes as they hide electrical wiring, and provide overhead lighting fixtures that enhance the visual value of a space.

False ceilings may also act as an acoustical barrier, preventing soundwaves from echoing within the space. They provide better acoustics, as well as increased thermal insulation. The recessed lighting provides moderate brightness, and false ceiling designs hide wires. However, the main reason for the popularity of false ceilings is aesthetic value.

False Ceiling Renovation Cost Guide

False ceiling installation typically costs between SGD3 to SGD8 per square foot, depending on ceiling height, size of the area, false ceiling design, and materials used. Our rough estimates on the average cost of a false ceiling is as follows:

Type of False Ceiling Cost in SGD per SQFT
L Box False Ceiling (300mm) 9.75 psf
L Box Ceiling Design (300mm) 9.75 psf
L Box False Ceiling Design (400mm) 11.25 psf
L Box Design for PLC down light T5 (300mm) 11.25 psf
L Box Design for PLC down light T5 (450mm) 14.25 psf
U Shaped Light Box to fix light and box up pipe + wire 12 pfr
Light cove to conceal fluorescent tube 14.25 pfr

Ultimately, the costs of a false ceiling design will depend on the material and style of the false ceiling, as well as the use of LED lights for cove lighting, height of the dropped ceiling, and reinforcement of the original ceiling to support the suspended drop ceiling.

Materials also factor into the cost, with most false ceiling installations made from gypsum board, which is a fire-resistant and durable material that works well in home decor. Besides gypsum boards, a false ceiling may be made from wood, glass, PVC, and other materials. Talk to your interior designers and contractors for the best material for your space!

Types of False Ceilings

Gypsum Board False Ceilings

Gypsum board is a popular material for a false ceiling as it includes many benefits, besides its minimalist aesthetic value. Gypsum has a powdery, matte finish that suits potentially any home interior, and is also durable, heat-proof, and fire-resistant. The material is also lightweight, and won't weigh down the real ceiling.

Plaster of Paris (POP) False Ceilings

Like gypsum, plaster of paris is another popular material to use in false ceiling design. It is often applied in a liquid form onto a wooden base, and is used for abstract designs. The material is durable, fire-resistant, and economical.

PVC False Ceilings

PVC false ceiling material is perfect for constantly humid areas as the material is moisture-proof. A PVC false ceiling, however, may have a plastic look and feel to it, but can be shaped and designed freely. They are low maintenance, easy to install, lightweight, and come in a variety of colors, designs, and patterns.

Metal False Ceilings

Metals can be made into a false ceiling, giving the space an industrial or modern look. Metal is a sophisticated material that can be made to look like silver, gold, or stainless steel, and fits many modern homes. While relatively more expensive than other options, metal is a low maintenance material that will outlive the real ceiling.

Glass False Ceilings

Glass false ceiling material will make the space look bigger, and glass can have a mirror backing added as well. However, the material is brittle, can easily shatter, and is relatively heavy. The actual ceiling must be reinforced to support glass. Sudden changes in temperature may also cause low-quality glass to shatter.

Wooden False Ceilings

Wood creates a rustic yet modern look, and when used in false ceiling designs, can give a natural appeal to the space. The choice of wood varies, but many may choose plywood for the same natural look at a fraction of the cost and weight!

False Ceiling, Real Results

With a false ceiling, homeowners are able to make the best use of their space as they install this modern centerpiece into their living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens. Make Colebuild your renovation partner as our expert team of designers and builders will give you the best-looking renovations for your space - at the best price!

Give us a call today, and get an accurate quotation so we can start building your dream home! 

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