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Coffered Ceilings 101

In interior design, it’s the little details that make the biggest impression. Architectural elements like crown molding, wainscotting, or even arched doorways are all it takes to bring an interior design to the next level. If you’re looking to add visual drama to your commercial space, then direct your attention overhead. Dressing up your ceiling can change the feeling of the entire room, and coffered ceilings create a spectacular, attractive space.

What is a coffered ceiling?

The word “coffer” means indentation in architectural terms. These ceilings have sunken panels in it and are usually in the shape of a grid. The design detail dates back to Greek and Roman architecture where it was used to lighten the load of heavy stone ceilings. Adorning the beautiful ceilings of the Pantheon, coffered ceilings are used in modern spaces to evoke old-world artisanship and charm. To construct coffered ceilings, upward indentations are framed by real or fake beams and are arranged in a grid pattern of rectangles, squares, octagons, or other polygonal shapes.. Coffered ceilings are the epitome of elegance and luxury and can be very formal and detailed. 

Where to use coffered ceilings?

Coffered ceilings are perfectly suited for offices. meeting rooms, reception areas, libraries, churches. restaurants, and more due to their beautiful and unique patterns. However, it is recommended that you should opt for these ceilings in larger spaces and rooms with high ceilings (nine feet tall and above) where their details and craftsmanship can truly stand out. 

What are the advantages of coffered ceilings?

In addition to being attractive, coffered ceilings are known to absorb excess sound in the space and eliminate echoes. They can be customized to provide excellent acoustics which makes them ideal for commercial spaces in need of a standout ceiling. 

Coffered ceilings are also known to give the illusion of a more spacious environment. Traditional coffered ceilings typically make use of wood, but you can also upgrade plain ceiling designs with the help of concrete, metal, or engineered materials. 

Are coffered ceilings structural?

In a bygone era, coffered ceilings functioned as structural elements and were designed to distribute and reduce the load of broad ceilings. However, modern coffered ceilings are purely for decorative purposes. The wooden beams used in coffered ceilings these days are hollow to reduce both weight and cost. 

How deep are coffered ceilings? 

Coffered ceilings are usually 3 to 5 inches deep but flat panels are also possible. Larger rooms with high ceilings may have a depth between 3 to 6 inches for a better structure and visual appeal. 

The modern purpose of coffered ceilings lies in the architectural definition they add to the space. They can be used to create a traditional style, but they can also be used to suit contemporary and modern interior design schemes. These ceilings are a great way to add depth to a space and can improve a room’s ambiance and presence.