Painting Ideas & Tips
  • March 14, 2018
  • Home Renovations

How to Drywall a Basement Ceiling

When working to complete and finish the house basement, the ceiling commonly proves to be the most tedious task. Installing basement drywall ceiling is the most cost-effective techniques to cover the floor joists and beams, and finishing your basement ceiling properly.

Basement Drywall Installation Process requires precise measurements and enough strength to undertake.

Steps to Prepare a Dry Basement Ceiling

Measure the area :

Before starting the process, make sure you have the correct measurements of the ceiling. Have the exact dimensions and then decide on the number of drywall sheets that are required.

Clean and repair the walls :

For basement drywall installation process you must have a surface which is free of oils and other substances. Choose a cleanser that is pH-neutral. Use a light-bristled scrub brush to scrub the walls. Rinse the walls with clean water and allow them to dry. Make sure that are no cracks and holes in the walls. Clean and repair all of the cracks and fixtures you located. Fill the cracks and small holes using joint sealant.

Hang full sheets of drywall to the basement ceiling :

Start from a corner of the basement and mark the position of the joists on the sheet. Have someone help you secure the drywall up to the basement ceiling, while you install it. Keep the drywall sheet in the desired place of the basement ceiling with one hand, and then drill with the other hand. Now drill into the joist. Move to the opposite corner and drill in another screw. When you have 3 or 4 bolts drilled, bring your hand down and drill in the other pins.

Make cuts in Drywall and hang the cut pieces :

Some parts of the basement ceiling need small pieces of drywall. Estimate the dimensions and label them on drywall. While hanging the pieces start with the smaller pieces and then go for the larger pieces.

Make cuts for the fixtures in the ceiling :

Do not forget there will be some lighting fixtures in the ceiling. Before fixing the drywall make sure that you make cuts for all the fixtures in the ceiling. Also, look out for any obstacles that are present and make cuts accordingly.

Taping and covering with mud :

After the drywall is hung onto the ceiling, see that ceiling joists are available for support. In addition to these joists, drywall screws are also used to have the drywall in their correct places. After fixing the bolts with a screw gun, cover all seams with drywall tape and mud. By coating with mud, we can get the finished product to be more smooth and ready for the primer application.


Basement Drywall Installation Process is a complicated task which can make things messed up in a way that cannot be undone. You need a Professional for a perfect drywall basement ceiling installation. Our experts at Executive Touch Painters have years of experience in basement renovations. So, Contact or Call us Now at (416)-410-0164 for a Free Estimate to know the cost of Drywall basement ceiling for your home.