Install Tongue-and-Groove Wood Floors on a Ceiling

Add architectural interest to a flat drywall ceiling with tongue-and-groove wood floors.

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Materials Needed:

  • lightweight engineered flooring (such as bamboo)
  • 1-3/4", 18-gauge straight pneumatic nails
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • chalk line
  • stud finder
  • pneumatic angled flooring 18-gauge finish nailer
  • air compressor with capacity to accommodate nailer
  • screwdrivers (Phillips #2 and flathead)
  • electrical wire pliers
  • protective gloves
  • 10" power compound mitre saw
  • protective eyewear
  • protective ear wear
  • engineered flooring strike block
  • rubber mallet
  • power jigsaw with fine-tooth blade
  • wing nuts
  • molding or 1/4” round trim
  • strike block
  • rubber mallet
  • spray paint

Remove Light Fixtures and Air Vents

Using drill or screwdriver, loosen light fixtures from ceiling. Unscrew ceiling canopy, then unscrew mounting bracket. Add wing nuts to exposed wires, then tuck them up into junction box. Remove any air vents by loosening screws with drill or screwdriver, then taking air vents down, exposing the open HVAC duct.

Locate Ceiling Joists

Place stud finder up to ceiling, then move around to locate ceiling joists. Typically, joists should be spaced 24” apart. Once a joist is located, mark ceiling with pencil.

Snap Chalk Line to Identify Joists

Suspend chalk line across width of ceiling, then snap. When installing planks, it’s important to ensure nails or brads are shot into the joists to keep tongue-and-groove planks securely fastened.

Tip: Planks will be installed perpendicular to joists.

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