Stretch ceilings are now used in many premises. This is a convenient and practical solution. In most cases, it is not enough just to mount the ceiling, you need to decorate it around the edges so that ugly cracks are not visible.
The fact is that the stretch ceiling canvas is not fixed on the wall itself, but on the profile attached to it, so a small gap is obtained. Here the so-called ceiling plinth comes to the rescue, which helps to cover the gap and change the appearance of the ceiling.
What is it for?
The ceiling plinth, according to all the craftsmen, is an excellent addition to the stretch ceiling, which helps to mask all the flaws. You can use both a full-fledged finishing element and simple masking tapes. Both finishes have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Skirting board - this is the finishing element that can ruin everything. It cannot be glued directly to the ceiling, because because of this, the surface of the material can go in a wave, and in cold weather, completely move away.
It is also worth noting that a PVC sheet can react very negatively to the composition of the glue. Some types of adhesives even corrode the foam.
But simple camouflage tapes have quite a few advantages:
- This material is as easy as possible to install.… Even a person who makes repairs at home for the first time can cope with fastening such material. The tape is self-adhesive, so there is no need to buy additional glue.
- Compactness… The fact is that stretch ceilings are quite massive in themselves, so they should not be supplemented with wide and dense ribbons at the edges. But a thin camouflage tape does not weigh down the structure. It is almost invisible, and also serves as a visual continuation of the ceiling surface.
- Versatility… No matter which manufacturer the ceiling is from, it can be supplemented with any masking tape at hand.
- Huge variety… There are many different colors and shapes of ribbons, which allows you to experiment with interior design and equip everything the way you want. However, if the desired shade was not found in the store or on the website, the tape can be painted. The material does not repel paint and looks good after such processing.
Reusability… The advantage is that masking tapes can be applied several times at once. If it did not work to secure the insert the first time, then you can peel it off and try again. And when the stretch ceiling is dismantled and a new one is installed, it can be supplemented with all the same inserts
They serve for a long time, do not deform over time and do not lose their visual appeal.
- Ease of use… It is flexible and can be installed even where it is difficult to reach. At the same time, the material everywhere equally tightly adheres to surfaces: both to the ceiling and to the wall. This is convenient not only from an aesthetic point of view, but also because dust does not accumulate in the gap.
- Low cost… Compared to expensive moldings and skirting boards, this option is cheaper. The difference in price does not affect the quality in any way. Plus, the tape is glued without the use of glue, which also saves money.
- Reliability… The tape is made of an elastic material that does not stretch over time, so it does not fall off, even if there is high humidity or sudden temperature changes in the room.
The only significant disadvantage is that the masking tape should not be attached over the plug. In addition, hidden wiring cannot be carried out under it.
Masking tape is used by craftsmen so that the junction of the ceiling with the wall is invisible, and the design as a whole looked more aesthetically pleasing. The insert allows you to hide the seam that remains, as well as all kinds of irregularities. AND if you choose a wide camouflage tape, then it will allow you to hide even such defects as poorly glued wallpaper or poorly painted walls.
In addition, due to the gluing of such a tape, dust will not accumulate in the space between the ceiling and the wall. This kind of pollution always spoils the appearance of the room.
Decorative camouflage inserts used in the repair process can be different. They allow you to work with ceilings of various configurations, and every time you get a result that meets your expectations.
They are made from polyvinyl chloride. This is a tough material that is beneficial to use on surfaces lined with porcelain stoneware or ordinary tiles. Due to their strength and reliability, they are used to cover gaps between the ceiling and the wall.
This option is also called wall corners. They are quite elastic, like rubber, and, as a rule, are used in order to mask some really problematic areas. For example, surfaces that are too uneven or deep gaps.
They are also used in corners where it can be so difficult to get to.
These inserts are attached so as to cover not only the gap between the wall and the stretch ceiling, but also the space of the profile, which is not covered with the canvas. It is convenient and aesthetically pleasing.
The upper part of such a plug rests against the base of the wall, and on the profile the insert is attached with the help of special "tendrils". Such a tape is wide enough, therefore, when choosing it, it is worth looking for some beautiful option that will well complement the creative idea embodied in the chosen room.
Separately, it should be noted that, despite the slight differences, these types of camouflage tapes are not particularly different. The installation process is the same here. To fix the tapes, simply press them into the groove with very little effort..
If something went wrong, and some error occurred during the attachment process, then you can easily remove the part and insert it back.
In addition, it will be possible to remove it after the ceiling has been dismantled. For example, if there are problems with the wiring, then the ceiling decorative the tape can be reused when installing a new ceiling.
This is very beneficial, since the classic skirting boards that are glued to the wall and ceiling surfaces after dismantling can no longer be used.
A wide range of colors of masking tapes allows you to work with the decoration of any interior. You can choose a suitable shade, which will either merge with the base of the stretch ceiling and become almost invisible, or, on the contrary, will stand out against a plain background and give the room some individuality.
Regardless of the style in which the room is decorated, it can be supplemented with a colored decorative tape under the ceiling. It will add originality and originality to the design of the ceiling.
It is believed that brightly colored masking tapes are a great way to work on expanding space. Colored inserts increase the height of the walls and expand the ceiling… If you choose a clear contrasting insert, then the border will turn out to be noticeable. In this case, you need to work with the tape very carefully so as not to make any mistakes that could ruin everything.
If there are any irregularities or defects, then a bright masking tape will only emphasize this.
Usually, masking tapes of the same color are glued around the entire perimeter of the roomso as not to break the harmony. If the ceiling itself consists of parts of different shades, then several inserts of different colors will be needed.that organically complement every zone in the room.
In addition to a variety of ceiling plinths and decorative cords, there are a huge number of different subspecies of camouflage tape. Therefore, you need to take into account certain points in order to be able to choose exactly the type of inserts that suits the style and texture.
First of all, it is worth remembering that the tape should be easy to install and convenient… All varieties of such plugs are of high quality and are compatible with various types of materials, so you should not worry that the insert will ruin the base of the ceiling, and you will have to redo the repair.
You should pay attention to how much it fits in size. Otherwise, the insert will not close the gap or it will look ugly, as if the repair remained unfinished.
It is important to consider the features of the stretch ceiling. It can be round, square, tiered, or even curved. Depending on the appearance of the ceiling, it is worth choosing decorative inserts that are easiest to attach.… So, for example, when working with rectangular or square ceilings, it is advisable to find L-shaped tapes that are securely attached and allow you to fill the corners well, preventing dust and dirt from accumulating in these places.
The next point is the choice of the manufacturer. Now many brands are selling everything that is needed for construction, including masking tapes. Therefore, you can safely familiarize yourself with the assortments of several companies at once and choose the option that suits both in quality and price, and, of course, in appearance.
It is the appearance that plays the most important role for many when choosing a finish. It is difficult to give any specific advice here, since everyone chooses what he likes and suits the chosen interior.
However, there are a number of points that are recommended not to be ignored. For example, if you need to make the ceiling visually wider, for this, light inserts are used, regardless of the color performance of the ceiling base… But the colored inserts allow you to play with contrasts and create something really unusual.
The clearer the transition and the brighter the colors used, the more interesting the picture looks as a whole.
Inserts represented by gradients are also popular today. That is, colors passing from one to another. This option is convenient if the ceiling and walls are made in different colors, and you need to create a smooth transition between them, and not a sharp line in a contrasting color. As a rule, the ceiling is made lighter, the walls are colored, and the intermediate line is two-colored with a gradation from white to bright.
There are also camouflage tapes decorated with light patterns. Not everyone will like this option, but in some cases it can become a highlight of the interior, giving it individuality and originality.
Like the installation of the stretch ceiling itself, the fastening of the masking tape is a rather crucial stage. After all, it depends on this how the room will look in the end: neat and thoughtful or not entirely attractive.
In order not to spoil anything, you need to follow the advice of professionals and not break the sequence of actions.
Selection of materials and tools
In fact, this is a very short stage, which only includes the selection of a suitable tape. The fact is that it attaches without any aids, so neither glue nor sealant will come in handy. You don't even need a spatula… The fact is that, using this tool, you can literally ruin everything in one motion, cutting through the ceiling or scratching the walls.
To avoid any problems, the tape is glued without additional tools.
There is nothing complicated in the installation process itself. The manufacturers tried to do everything in advance so that fixing the masking tape did not take much time. You just need to prepare the workplace, close the connectors between the ceiling and walls around the entire perimeter of the room. Do everything correctly with clear verified movements.
If something went wrong, you can always peel off a certain section of the tape and fix it in a different way.… This is very convenient, because in most cases it is not possible to remove a piece of molding or skirting board, planted with good glue, and put it back in.
To make the work as easy as possible, you need to pay attention to the existing types of masking tape. By choosing the right finishing options for the base and corners, you can do everything correctly and neatly. After the main work is completed, you can simply wipe the attachment point with a dry cloth to smooth out any irregularities.
Stretch ceilings are a trend of recent decades that still remains relevant. To make them look neat and aesthetically pleasing, you need to do everything as thoughtfully as possible, and not only fix the ceiling itself, but also close up the gaps… This will give you confidence that the repair will be quick and easy, and the result will meet your expectations. Stretch ceilings will add originality and originality to the interior.
For information on how to install a masking tape for stretch ceilings, see the video below.