VIDEO: How to Convert 2×4 Ceiling Grids to 2×2 Ceiling Grids


Decorating small areas can be difficult.

The cramped space can make it a chore to try and fit in decor, especially if you are trying to finish up the small space with a beautiful ceiling. If you are trying to finish your ceiling and are looking to switch your 2×4 grid into a 2×2 grid through this article, we are going to explain the conversion to you step by step to show just how easy it can be. We will also explain how to install new ceiling tiles as well.  

Required materials: Cross Ts and your new ceiling tiles

  1. First, remove any obstructions such as lamps or ceiling fans to make your work a little easier. 
  2. All 2×4 grids have a special hole for 2-foot cross Ts every 6 inches, you will need to measure your cross Ts and cut them so they can be inserted into the special holes without any overhang. You repeat the step for every 2×4 grid you want to turn into a 2×2 grid. 
  3. After this, take your original 2×4 ceiling tiles and cut them, using the new hole created by the placement of the new cross T measure a 2×2 tile. 
  4. Reinsert your ceiling tiles into the 2×2 grid upside down if you plan to spray paint the grid so you do not get any on the paint of the tile in case you want to use them again.
  5. You can then start to spray paint with the colour of your choosing, but first, use tape to cover any parts of the walls, ceiling lights, or anything else on your walls and ceiling that you don’t want to be painted. 
  6. From here you can start installing your new ceiling tiles, starting first with the full ceiling tiles. To install them simply put them up against the flipped original ceiling tiles, lifting on one end first and working on the other side slowly.     
  7. After the full ceiling tiles are in, you can start putting in any fragmented ones you may need to install. To measure out the size of tile you will need to cut, hold up the whole tile where the fragmented tile will be and use the cross Ts as a guide for cutting and measuring.
  8. Finally, if you find any gaps in the ceiling tiles, use the scraps from the fragmented ceiling tiles to fill them in. 


As you can see, converting your ceiling from a 2×4 grid to a 2×2 grid is doable and will just take a little time and effort. With this, you can finally decorate that small space and give it an elegant ceiling that will add the perfect finishing touch.

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