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How to Install a Shiplap Ceiling with Armstrong Planks

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No more ugly ceiling! The best ceiling you will ever see… Today’s post is all about Installing  Armstrong Ceilings WoodHaven Planks in a white textured woven finish. The white woven planks are not only gorgeous but so easy to install. 

I am so excited to show you our new basement ceiling by Armstrong! I don’t know about you, but I have never been a fan of a dropped ceiling and when my dad said, “oh let’s install a dropped ceiling in the basement, I was like, Ummm. No.” 

How to install ceiling planks in a basement

Here is the basement before. You can read Post 1 – Basement Gaining Storage Reno Project to get caught up.

Woodhaven Ceiling Planks Installation

open basement, lally columns, no storage furnace storage area

Here is the basement before with the framing started. You can read post 2 – 2×4 framing walls and closet project to get caught up. You can see how we framed the closets, tv space and around the duct work in preparation for installing WoodHaven Planks with the Armstrong Easy Up® Installation System.

basement 2x4 frame walls and closet

When Armstrong reached out asking if we would be interested in their WoodHaven ceiling planks, I immediately thought of our basement project. We decided to use the Armstrong Easy Up track and clip system to install our WoodHaven Planks.

Armstrong Woodhaven Ceiling planks

Armstrong white wood plank dropped ceiling-1

Any brand who pitches me “planks” I will always listen. I LOVE all plank projects. Floors, ceilings, walls….I love it.

Supplies Needed:


We used strapping on the flat areas of the ceiling where there were no pipes or beams and fastened the Armstrong Ceilings Easy Up tracks. Basically, strapping is 1×3 pieces of wood that we fastened to the ceiling in order to provide a base to attach the EZ system to. 

Armstrong Easy Up Installation Grid System

What a difference the Armstrong WoodHaven Woven White  Ceiling Planks make in our basement.

Armstrong Easy Up Installation Grid System

The easy to cut, lightweight planks literally snap right into place like a tongue and groove and the Easy Up track system is so simple to install.

Simply add the clip and plank and that’s it!

Basically, the Easy Up System, which was used to install the planks, is considered a surface mount installation system.

Armstrong Easy Up Installation Grid System

Armstrong Easy Up Installation Grid System

You can see the gorgeous light texture of the planks above adding character and architectural interest to the ceiling.

Armstrong Easy Up Installation Grid System

The woven white texture planks are maintenance-free flat white ceiling panels are the optimal solution for a variety of spaces. They are prefinished and made from medium density fiberboard, so you don’t have to deal with staining or painting.

Armstrong white wood plank dropped ceiling-1

We cut out the holes for the recessed lighting.

Armstrong Woodhaven Ceiling planks with cut out recessed hole



Installing Armstrong Ceilings WoodHaven Planks

The Easy Up track and clip system installs surface mount ceiling tiles or planks directly to joists or an existing ceiling, maximizing ceiling height in a room. Both track products and clip accessories are required for a complete system and must be used together.

We are also planning to use the flat white solid panels to create an accent wall. The beautiful thing about the white solid color panels are they can be painted! Right now, we plan to leave the accent wall white but how cool that they can be painted too.

Be sure to catch all the basement renovation blog posts ( basement post #1 storage  | basement post #2 framing |  Basement Post #3 flooring | Basment Ceiling #4 (this post) | Basement ACCENT WALL #5 )

Disclosure: This post was sponsored and all opinions and words are 100% my own.

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  1. Love the textured planks by Armstrong. In the 70s I put up the planks in a home we were remodeling. Their texture was more like a wooden plank and we loved them The sound in the rooms was so cozy, especially in the bedroom.
    Thank you for showing them.
    Stay well and healthy and always grateful.

  2. Beautiful! Would you still consider the ceiling to be accessible like with a drop ceiling?

    1. You cannot access it like a drop ceiling – although we made access panels where the faucet shut offs were.

    2. Hi, no it’s not accessible like a drop ceiling BUT we made cut outs that make certain things accessible like faucets ect.

      1. Hi Jessica, I love the ceiling! We are currently putting the Armstrong woodhaven ceiling planks in our basement but am having a hard time figuring out how to do the access points for the water shut off. Can you share what you did?

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