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The possibility of independent repair for many is very attractive. Not always the reason of such aspiration is in desire to save, though it is not the last argument. There is a wish to act as the designer, to create interior, to turn it into reality own hands. And, having feeling of special pride from the done work, to show the updated dwelling to guests or just to enjoy stay in the brand new “very clean” room. You should not be mistaken that it is independently possible to perform only rather simple repair works like gluing of wall-paper. If desired it is possible to establish by the hands in the room stretch ceiling from normal curtain fabric.
Why stretch ceiling from curtain fabric?
This decision surprises with the low cost. Practically, the fabric price is the most part of cost of covering. Other materials are extremely cheap and available. At the same time the ready design represents ideally equal plane closing all defects of the main ceiling. Besides under it, if necessary, it is possible to hide various communications. One more undoubted plus – the choice of coloring. It is possible to pick up any invoice, coloring and pattern. Only the range of fabric in specialized shop limits the choice.
It is necessary to mention weaknesses of such decor. The most noticeable of them – lack of opportunity to wash cloth, without removing it from fastenings. It is connected with the fact that for works normal curtain fabric, without special impregnation is used. Therefore it is cleaned only by means of dry cleaning. As a last resort, it is possible to dismantle covering, to wash it, to iron and to establish repeatedly. One more shortcoming – instability to moisture and pollution which can get on cloth in case of leakage from the apartments located above.
What to begin with?
We begin work with exact measurements of ceiling. It is important to make it before fabric purchase, otherwise it is just impossible to orient neither with amount of material, nor with its coloring. Portieres have the standard width which varies from 2.8 to 3 m. If width of the room is at least 20 cm less, than fabrics, it is possible to select coloring and to pay purchase. But so happens not always. Most often the cloth happens already, than room width, then it is necessary to go for tricks. As option it is possible to suggest to sew panels. In this case it is recommended to do two seams, sewing narrow strips so that they have been located as it is possible closer to walls. Such joints will be least of all noticeable.
One more decision – the design from gypsum cardboard executed in the form of frame on which center the cloth fastens. It is great option for those who dream of two-level ceiling. Having decided on way of fixing of fabric it is possible to choose coloring. It is necessary to consider that any pleasant fabric will be suitable for seamless option: opaque, brilliant, with the small or large drawing. And here for panel with seams choose only monophonic cloth or, as a last resort, with the small, hardly noticeable drawing. Fabric has to be wider and longer than ceiling on 20 cm from all directions.
We prepare tools and materials
After purchase of fabric it is necessary to stock up with all necessary for arrangement of fixture.
It is required to get:
- Bars which size depends on at what size it is necessary to lower ceiling. Material by section 25х40 or 25х30 see Metric area is most often used is defined by room perimeter.
- Plastic cable channels with single lock. Together with them we select the tubes from plastic which are used for protection of cable. Both parts have to be the identical sizes, most often – 16 mm. The tube has to enter in box cable channel and be latched in it. Length of each type of products equals to room perimeter.
- Self-tapping screws and plastic dowels for fastening of bar. The sizes depend on the section of parts. Expense – 1 piece on running meter. Small self-tapping screws on tree, 16-19 mm in size. Quantity – 1 piece on everyone perimeter half-meter.
- Hook with thread for suspension of the lamp.
- The polyurethane foam baguettes intended for final finishing of ceiling. Metric area is calculated proceeding from room perimeter.
- Paper painting adhesive tape.
Tools will be necessary for work: construction level, the screw driver or the normal screw-driver, drill, tape measure, wood saw, cord for beating.
We begin works with definition of the location of future ceiling. We calculate as far as it is necessary to lower the plane. For this purpose to height of bar we add the size of plastic tubes and cable channels. The received number – height of future design by which size the ceiling will fall. Then carefully we measure walls as they can differ on height from each other. Optimum – to measure everyone in several places that the result was as much as possible exact.
We find the most low located ceiling point, we recede from it the size received when calculating down and we begin to beat off horizontal straight line. Between two points the painted cord is pulled, we delay it in the middle a little and we release. On wall the straight line will imprint. We repeat operation on other walls. Upon termination of marking surely we check horizontal position of drawn straight lines by means of level.
If there are doubts in correctness of marking, carry out final inspection. We fix cords in two corners of the room, we stretch them on diagonal and we fix in crosswise the lying corner. If all works have been carried out truly, cords will adjoin in the center of the room. If they are bent or do not concern each other, it is necessary to look for mistakes in marking. After the carried-out correction repeated beating of straight lines and reinspection is carried out.
The purchased bar is fixed precisely in the area of marking on walls. We plan points under openings for fixtures. We uncover about cable channels and we fix prepared thus box for the lower part of bars, receding from edge of 0.5-1 cm. Self-tapping screws twist in middle part of P-shaped part. In corners of design Tee joints cable channels with gap about 2-3 mm are carried out.
Then we establish hook under the lamp. Near conclusion of electric cable we fix small wooden bar. On this basis we fix hook. It is necessary to trace that the bend of part fell on height about 2 cm lower than the level of future ceiling. That to define it, again we pull two cords on room diagonal. The last preparatory action – pasting by painting adhesive tape of plastic tubes. It is possible to do it not especially accurately, even large number of creases and folds will not interfere with work.
Mounting of system
We remove dust from ceiling, walls and floor. It becomes in order that fabric was not soiled. Properly we press cloth, we get rid of all folds. We sprinkle the prepared panel antistatic that did not settle dust on it. It is the simplest to establish ceiling not alone though, if necessary, it is possible to cope also to one. The edge of cloth keeps within on the tube wound by painting adhesive tape is inserted into cable channel and is fixed there. Thus all panel gradually is fixed. At the same time fabric remains not stretched and sags.
The following stage – panel tension. It is carried out gradually, beginning from the middle of wall to corners. It is necessary to hold with one hand the tube located in groove, and another to pull the edge of fabric towards corner down, trying to drive all folds there. If to pull cloth along with two opposite sides, process will go much quicker. It is necessary to pull fabric strongly, but at the same time to watch that tubes have not dropped out of grooves.
After the cloth stretches, the hook for chandelier will be allocated against the background of fabric. Now it is necessary to execute opening for fastening. It is the best of all to make it by means of matches or the lighter. So we at the same time remove outside hook and we fix edges of opening that fabric “has not run”. We lower cloth a little to pass hook and cable in opening then again we tighten panel. It is inexpedient to carry out openings to stretch. Probability to be mistaken in calculations is high, besides, at tension from opening the arrow can go, and the ceiling will be spoiled.
Before finally stretching and fixing fabric, it is quite good to moisten it with water from spray. The wet cloth stretches better, and after drying it randomly will stretch even stronger. The panel tightened to the necessary level we fix self-tapping screws through tube not to give it the chance to be turned under fabric weight. Fixture is installed with step about 0.5 m.
Completion phase – masking of fixtures. Before works the fabric which is hanging down from fastening is driven up and the stapler attached to bar. Fastenings are closed by means of the polyurethane plinths suitable on width. They fasten to the lower part of bars. Parts are cut and pasted by special glue. In corners connections at an angle in 45 ° are carried out. That joints were ideally equal, for cutting of elements it is recommended to use the miter box. With the same purpose select plinths with so-called symmetric shoulders which in section represent triangle with the equal parties. If desired parts paint. Operation is carried out as before gluing to bars, and later. In the second case ceiling fabric during coloring needs to be protected, for example, by means of the wide palette.
The stretch ceiling is ready. Of course, such option can not be pleasant to much. However, it is quite real way simply, quickly and without special expenses to repair ceiling covering. The plain, clean surface will decorate interior also competently picked up coloring, pattern and texture. It is not necessary to think that only professionals by means of the most modern technologies are capable to change furniture of the house. High-quality repair can be made of the most available materials, having found for them uncommon application.