How to Build a Coffered Ceiling
Apply basic carpentry techniques to primed boards and molding to add a formal, elegant touch to any room
If you'd like to add dimension and character to a plain room, nothing beats the traditional look of a coffered ceiling, with its grid of bold beams. Constructing coffers on your own may seem daunting, but we'll show you how even the average DIYer can create this hallmark old-house feature. The secret is our low-profile coffer design, which greatly simplifies the task of working overhead because you're installing flat boards and molding rather than assembling box beams.
See for yourself as This Old House contributor Chris Beidel, owner of Pernt, a handmade-furniture company in Brooklyn, New York, walks you through the steps of this ceiling beautification project.
Primed lumber: WindsorONE+ 1x6 finger-jointed pine, $1.35 per linear foot; WindsorONE
Coffered Ceiling Overview
SATURDAY Install the beams (Steps 1–12).
SUNDAY Install molding, and paint (Step 13-16).