What Is a Coffered Ceiling

Coffered ceilings, also known as waffle ceilings, were designs influenced by a Baroque and early Renaissance style architecture wherein the structure of a roof displayed above beams spanning at varied angles, and today’s modern buildings and homes aim to achieve the same beauty and texture. Upward indentations in a ceiling are enclosed by beams placed in a regular grid of rectangles, triangles, pentagons, or other polygonal forms to rebuild the design. Multi sunken panels that resemble a deeply indented patchwork are essentially the final product and look. Coffered ceilings have other advantages besides their striking appearance: they provide the feeling of space and reduce excess sound.

What is a Coffered Ceiling?


Coffered panels, often known as “coffers,” are used to form a coffered ceiling. Submerged panels coupled to a suspending (dropped) grid form coffers, which provide dimension and aesthetic interest to the new ceiling. Each lightweight rigid PVC (plastic) coffered panel is approx. 24″ × 24″, and is offered in shallow or deep designs. Deep coffers give a room aesthetic value, whilst small coffers give it a lighter feeling.

Coffered Ceiling Considerations


Ceiling Height

Coffered ceilings lead the attention upward, but the beams continue lower into the area, taking up some overhead space. Because of this, coffered ceilings are best used in areas with high ceilings of 9 feet or more. With the inclusion of coffers, rooms with low ceilings may feel overly tight or congested. Please remember that the higher the current ceiling, the coffered indentations should be deeper —this guarantees that the bottom of the joists don’t conflict with headspace or visually overshadow a space.


Faux or Functional Beams

The majority of coffered ceilings in houses are not really load-bearing, which means they are also not part of the structural infrastructure that supports the weight. An exception that occurs is that homeowners may choose to install a coffered ceiling to hide the essential overhanging support beams. The bulk of coffered ceilings are primarily cosmetic, with hollow false beams making up the majority of the structure. In fact, an engineer may demand additional ceiling support if you desire enormous and recessed coffers (since aesthetic beams may add weight to a ceiling, this depends on the existing beam structure).


Coffered Ceiling Cost

If you’re intending to build a coffered ceiling, keep in mind that the labour-intensive project necessitates expert construction skills and structure work and that people without carpentry experience should contact professionals like us. Expect to pay at least $25 per square foot for skilled installation. The amount of detail in the design, as well as the type of wood you select, will have an impact on the ultimate pricing. Painting pine will be less than coloured walnut or reddish oak, and intricate decorations will raise the price even more.


  • Coffered ceilings can provide the impression of extra space in a room – The indentations in the coffered ceiling provide the illusion of a higher ceiling and make rooms feel more expansive.
  • Visual appeal – Coffered ceilings provide visual appeal to a space by creating a dramatic effect, especially when constructed in an ornate and beautiful architectural pattern and is enhanced with LED recessed lighting.
  • Customizable — The coffered ceilings’ centre panels may be customized by adding ceiling tiles, wallpaper, or painting the beams.
  • Minimizes sounds and echoes – Coffered ceilings may absorb sound and remove echoes more effectively than other ceiling types. They may be the finest option in terms of acoustics.
  • Increase home value – Coffered ceilings may raise the resale value of a property and make your home more attractive to potential buyers


  • Cost – Coffered ceilings are more expensive to build, even for simple rectangular designs, because they necessitate the employment of experienced installers with advanced carpentry abilities.
    Expect to pay around $30 per square foot, with more complicated designs, higher-end materials, and extra lighting elements driving up the price.
  • Requires at least 9′ ceiling – Coffered ceilings necessitate a high ceiling due to the fact that they take up some above area.
  • May need more support – Incorporating genuine beams may necessitate additional support to keep the ceiling from falling.
  • May create a lower ceiling appearance – Having a low ceiling seem lower may impact the resale value of the house.
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