Installation – Ceiling Panels With Battens

If you are having problems with your bathroom ceiling and are thinking of re-covering it with one of our modern systems then you will need to decide pretty early on which installation method you need to employ. There are many factors that need to be taken into account:

  • is the ceiling level
  • is the current covering unsuitable for fixing to
  • are there any cables that need to be run
  • what lighting is being used
  • does the ceiling height need to be lowered

All of these issues can have an influence on your chosen installation method.


Installing Directly On To The Existing Ceiling

Usually panels can be fitted directly on to the existing plaster as in the photograph here. You can use a combination of staples and adhesive to fix them in place or it is also possible to use screws if you envisage a need to remove the panels at any time (unlikely, and it is a much slower installation process using this method.

But there are occasions when installing straight on to the existing ceiling is not possible so in these circumstances most fitters tend to resort to using battens.

Install Panels On To Battens

This photo shows a ceiling being installed using battens – the finished job can be seen in the photo at the top of the page.

The list described previously in this  article gives some of the reasons why you might need to fit your panels on to battens rather than directly on to the ceiling.

Spotlights have become very popular and can be sunk through the ceiling to give a neat and attractive finish. But they require quite a bit of cabling so fitting batten means that he cables can be run wherever they are needed and will be covered up once the ceiling is finished.

Sometimes the existing ceiling covering is not suitable to be fixed to – wallpaper can peel off if you are thinking of just using adhesive. If you have texturing compound on your ceiling, such as Artex, then usually you can fix directly over this with adhesive (use blobs of adhesive rather than a “snake” on the back. Use props, staples or screws to hold the panels in place while the adhesive dries.

There are no hard and fast rules regarding how far apart you should space the battens but the closer they are to more solid the job will be – we would say no more than 16″ apart with a batten right around all of the edges. You can use adhesive, staples or screws or any combination to fix them to the battens.

If you have very high ceilings and want to lower the height then using battens is the perfect method. The grid needed will vary from job to job so would need to be decided by your installer but you would need the batten to be reasonably solid – this is not a suspended panel system.

We have lots more information, photographs and design ideas on our ceiling panel page