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According to Armstrong.com, the cost of a new suspended acoustic ceiling for a 10'x12' room is between $50 and $200 in materials. This does not cover the installation and purchase of the suspension system, however.
For this discussion we will examine the requirements, materials, and costs for an installation of a suspended acoustic ceiling in a 10'x12' bedroom. Generally, this is considered a relatively easy DIY project because the grid systems are leveled as they are installed, and this means that uneven joists or even some sagging ceilings can be easily concealed by the installation without a lot of preparatory carpentry.
The only additional work or costs for such a project include the removal of a pre-existing system of grid work and tiles as there is no way to install safely over such materials, and the re-installation of moldings that abut the preexisting ceiling. All suspended light fixtures mounted through sheet rock or tiles must be removed prior to the beginning of the project too. If electrical wiring is a concern it may be a good idea to pay an electrician for a few hours of time. The costs for this would average between $75 and $125.
The average costs and materials associated with this project include: