The Origin of Stretch Ceilings

Stretch ceilings haven’t been around for that long, but they have been making strides and have become a worldwide trend. The innovative concept of stretching fabric over aluminum railing started —believe it or not— as an encouragement for people to change their ceilings as often as they wanted. 

So now we have to travel to France in the 1970s, where these ceilings were popularized by the elites. Why? Well, trends moved so fast that they needed a way to replace their ceilings regularly. These ceilings were exclusively made of fabric, and they were attached using a harpoon system. The process of changing them so routinely caused them to be targeted to a rather wealthy demographic, and it wasn’t until the industry moved on to PVC sheets that it became a more accessible option. In addition to reducing the costs, this also improved durability and therefore allowed stretch ceilings to become a permanent fixture in people’s homes. 

The concept of Stretch Ceilings became very well-known in the rest of Europe, but it has only recently started to catch on in the US. It makes sense for people to prefer them, since they are easier to install than drywall ceilings, and they are way cleaner: they are anti-static, so they don’t collect dust, soot or grease. 

Stretch ceilings still maintain one characteristic from their original use: their versatility. They can be found in a wide array of finishes, colors, and designs, and they can also be personalized to fit any space. The sky’s the limit when it comes to variety in Stretch Ceilings, since you can also add lighting and multilevel aspects. We know this might sound overwhelming, but we can guide you through your selection if you fill out this form to book a free consultation!

If you're still curious as to how Stretch Ceilings are installed, you can always check out our blog post about it or watch this instructional video: