Ceiling Panels: How to Install a Beam and Panel Ceiling

A quick, inexpensive way to transform a room—and a beautiful cover-up for damaged ceilings

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Stud finder
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Countersink drill bit
  • Chalk line
  • Finish nail gun
  • Drill bit set
  • Dust mask
  • Framing square
  • Hearing protection
  • Paint roller
  • Roller tray
  • Router
  • Chamfer router bit
  • Safety glasses
  • Sanding block

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 2x4s
  • MDF, 1/2 in. and 3/4 in.
  • Primer
  • Paint