If you have a large room, you have the ability to make it multi-functional quickly and easily with ceiling room dividers. These dividers come in many different shapes and forms, from sliding curtains that are reasonably affordable on any budget to sliding walls that are soundproof, allowing each divided room to have privacy. Anyone can install these dividers with a few simple tools and a little bit of time, so let’s get started!
As with most any project, the first thing you must do is measure out with a tape measure where your tracks will be installed. Some projects have intersecting ceiling tracks as well to create rooms of various shapes, so if you’re installing multiple tracks, be sure to design where you want your room partitions to be.
Whether you have a false ceiling or are mounting these tracks onto drywall does not matter. These tracks must be mounted onto the studs that are in your ceiling, so after measuring your space, you’ll need to locate your studs with a studfinder and mark the location with a pencil. A false ceiling may need to have holes drilled through the grid, however, to access the studs.
Measure the location of the studs relative to where they would be on the ceiling track. The easiest way to do this is to put them up against the ceiling to make sure your measurements match. It’s always better to be long than short because you can fix a long piece of track with a hacksaw to make it the proper measurement. Once aligned, drill the holes you need to affix your track to the ceiling.
Using two inch screws, fasten the ceiling track to the marked location of studs. Start in the middle of the track and then work your way toward the outside portions, alternating each side of center so that neither side is bearing more than its fair share of weight.
If you have a bottom track that coordinates with your ceiling room dividers, this is the time to install them as well. This is more common with high-end room dividers and the process is the same:
Because of the way many floors are constructed, finding the central beams can be difficult through flooring material. A stud finder will locate beams through plywood, but it may not locate studs through carpet, tile, or even linoleum. If you find that this is the case, you will need to cut out the flooring material that is causing interference along the line of your track, then run the studfinder before drilling the holes for installation.
Ceiling partitions are much like sliding closet doors, but on a much larger scale. For many ceiling room dividers, simply place the first sliding mechanism into place, push it down the track slightly, install the next sliding mechanism, and repeat until finished. For partitions that simulate walls, you may need some help to place the partitions into place.
A ceiling divider is a great way to make a large room into more smaller, useable rooms. Install yours using the instructions above and make a more efficient use of your space today!