How to Build a Soffit Box with Recessed Lighting

Add interest to a bedroom or kitchen by building a soffit with drywall, wood trim and rope lights.

Required Tools for this Project

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

  • Clamps
  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Circular saw
  • Stud finder
  • Drywall sander
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Chalk line
  • Level
  • Drill bit set
  • Framing square
  • Jigsaw
  • Drywall saw
  • Stepladder
  • Stapler
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Non-contact voltage tester
  • Utility knife

A trim gun will speed up the woodwork. You'll also need Lineman's pliers.

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • 1/2 in. plywood
  • Non-metallic cable
  • 2x2s, 2x4s
  • Recessed lighting fixtures
  • Electrical remodeling boxes
  • Rope light
  • 1/2-in. drywall
  • Tear-away edging
  • Hardwood trim