At Easy Ceiling Technologies we supply and install an eclectic mix of stretch ceiling designs. But our favourite at the moment has to be fiber optic star ceilings. They never fail to achieve that wow factor – creating the dramatic impact of a starry night sky on your bedroom, lounge or spa ceiling. Even better, with fiber optic lights you can create an ever-changing multi-coloured galaxy.
Check out this star ceiling we recently created for one of our clients.
So how do Star Ceilings work?
Fiber optic lights are used to create the star effect. They are highly recommended as they are low heat or heat-free, longlasting and use very little power. They can be fitted to the original ceiling, or, if you want to create a specific pattern or constellation, we recommend a false plywood ceiling with the pattern already created. The fibers are powered and controlled by an LED driver which is fixed above the ceiling or another access point. You can use the driver to set different lighting effects, such as ‘sparkling’ or automatic change of colour. Then below the lights we fit the stretch ceiling canvas. Find out more about how stretch ceilings are fitted here.
Below is a basic diagram which shows how a fibre optic star ceiling works.
Original ceiling. 2. Fixing point of LED light source. 3. Support box. 4. LED light source. 5. Port hole 30mm. 6. Fiber optic. 7. Stretch ceiling. 8. Track system. 9. Wall 10. Access panel for light source maintenance.
Would you like one?
Easy Ceiling Technologies can design, supply and install your fibre optic star ceiling. Get in touch to organise a personalised quote now.
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It’s true that stretch ceilings can totally transform the look and feel of your business space. But can they also attract more customers and boost sales? We believe they can. That’s because stretch ceilings have added benefits that draw customers, guests and clients back time and time again.
Here are five ways that a stretch ceiling could boost your business, whether it’s a shop, restaurant, hotel, salon, spa or other enterprise:
1. They’re attention grabbing If you want to make your business stand out and draw people in, then a shaped or printed ceiling could be the way to go. For instance, if you own a spa, then a tranquil ceiling prints of clouds, flowers or birds could really enhance your clients’ experience. Likewise, arty prints on boutique hotel room ceilings could be a unique selling point for potential guests. And creatively shaped ceilings with arches, curves, waves or tiers are a wonderful way to make your shop space stand out.
2. They can keep spaces warmer No one wants to dine in a chilly restaurant or cafe, have their hair styled in a frigid salon or browse for too long in a freezing cold shop. Yet at the same time, you have to balance the fact that heating costs can be a big expense when running a business. A stretch ceiling can solve this problem by providing extra insulation for your premises. Basically, with stretch ceilings, air reflects from above before travelling back down to the room, making your space warmer and more welcoming for customers. Plus you’ll save money on heating bills too.
3. They can maximise light If you’re worried that your business premises are a tad on the dark or dim side, then a gloss, mirror or even translucent ceiling could make your space feel brighter. And let’s face it, customers are much more likely to linger in a space filled with positive, energising light than somewhere gloomy and depressing. This is especially true for businesses such as fitness studios, cafes and shops.
4. They can enhance peace and quiet If you’re running a hotel, spa, restaurant or any other business where people might enjoy a bit of tranquillity, then noise interference (from neighbouring businesses, traffic or pedestrians) can be a major issue. Thankfully, you can get stretch ceilings with added soundproofing, helping your space to remain a calm oasis. Soundproofed stretch ceilings can also be hugely beneficial to gig and performance venues.
5. They’ll help keep your space fresh Stale food odours can be a real problem for cafes, bars, hotels and restaurants. Likewise, hair and beauty salons can face the challenge of unpleasant chemical smells, and all businesses have to combat the lingering whiff of cleaning products. This is where a stretch ceiling comes in as, unlike a plaster ceiling, the fabric will absorb and minimise odours from food and other substances. This will help keep your premises smelling fresh every day, creating a better ambience for your customers.
By now, you probably have a better idea of how a stretch ceiling could transform the look and feel of your business space, from enhancing available light to creating a distinct visual identity for your brand. If you’d liked advice from us on how to pick the right ceiling for your commercial premises, then get in touch for a chat.
We always like to be at the cutting edge of design at Easy Ceiling. That’s why we’re bringing you an exciting new innovation — DESCOR® walls and ceilings for your home or business. Created by leading specialists PONGS®, the DESCOR® textile system will take your interior design to a whole new level.
You’ve decided to get a stretch ceiling because you know it’s going to totally transform your space, whether that’s your home, office or commercial premises. You’ve also decided that you’re going for a standard stretch ceiling style (rather than translucent, shaped, printed or mirrored).
So far, so good. But now you’ve reached a crucial decision — which finish should you choose? Gloss? Satin? Matt? Even fabric? And what’s the difference when it comes to stretch ceilings, anyway? If you’re feeling torn by indecision, don’t worry, we’re here to help you. In essence, choosing your stretch ceiling finish is just about deciding what effect you want to create.
Here’s our guide to deciding which stretch ceiling finish is right for your space…
Gloss stretch ceilings
Do you want your space to stand out? Then a gloss (lacquer) finish is a great choice, as this option tends to play a starring role in rooms. On top of having the ‘wow factor’, the light reflecting qualities of gloss finishes can make smaller rooms feel bigger and brighter.
What they’re great for: Gloss stretch ceilings are ideal for swimming pools, bars, restaurants, salons and showrooms, or any space where you want to make an impact. A gloss finish can also transform rooms in your home, especially those lacking light. However, if you’re aiming for a more low-key effect then a gloss stretch ceiling may not be the right choice. They’re also not great for rooms that get lots of sunlight, as they can create glare.
Satin stretched ceilings
If you want a finish that’s subtler than gloss but which still has a lovely shimmer, then choose a satin stretched ceiling. Satin finishes have a pearly, light reflecting sheen, so they’re the ideal happy medium between gloss and matt ceilings.
What they’re great for: Satin stretched ceilings can make rooms feel a little bit bigger and brighter, without the high-impact factor of gloss. They’re ideal for home interiors and have a softening effect on paint colours. If you want to gently reflect sunlight in a room without magnifying it too much, then a satin finish works really well for this. For this reason, it’s also ideal for a conservatory. Satin stretched ceilings strike a nice balance between classic and contemporary decor styles, so if you like combining antiques with cutting-edge chic, this finish will complement both.
Matt stretched ceilings
Matt stretch ceilings create a classic, velvety finish. That’s because matt has the effect of a smoothly painted surface and doesn’t reflect light. If you want your stretch ceiling to look like a traditional plaster ceiling, then this is the choice for you.
What they’re great for: Matt stretched ceilings create a timeless feel in spaces. They’re are all about subtlety so are perfect for more sober or conservative businesses, such as law firms. They’re also great for complementing retro or vintage decor in your home. Matt finishes can also make large rooms feel cosier, particularly if the ceiling colour is a warmer shade. However, they’re not always ideal for smaller, darker spaces that lack natural light.
Fabric (Textile) stretched ceilings
For a look that’s a little bit different, textile stretch ceilings can create a very distinctive effect. As well as being striking, fabric stretch ceilings can help to minimise noise as you can add accompanying sound-absorbing acoustic panels. High-end textile for stretch walls and ceilings can also include integrated hygiene technology that will combat multi-resistant bacteria (including MRSA) longterm. In other words, textile stretch ceilings have benefits beyond being eye-catching. What they’re great for: Textile ceilings are great for making corporate or commercial spaces stand out. They’re also perfect for creating a cosy, cocoon-like feel to rooms in your home. A textile ceiling would also be a good choice for noisy places that would benefit from being quieter, such as hospitals. However, this choice is not so great for creating more of a sense of light and space in a room.
Hopefully by now you’re an expert on stretch ceiling finishes and are ready to make your choice. But if you’d like more advice from us, please get in touch for a chat.
The right ceiling can have a big impact on the look, feel and atmosphere of a space. Stretch ceilings in particular have many amazing mood-enhancing benefits that can make your day (and your life) that little bit better. Here’s how a stretch ceiling could make you happier….
You can let your imagination run wild…
Who says that ceilings have to be beige? It’s true that plaster ceilings have their limits when it comes to getting creative, but stretch ceilings don’t. With an art print ceiling, you can choose almost any design you like, from a family photo to a famous work of art. Art’s not just for walls, so what would you like to see when you look up? Your favourite Van Gogh? Rainbow butterflies? Brad Pitt’s face? It’s up to you. Whatever makes you happy.
You can flood your space with light…
Gloss, mirror and translucent ceilings are all great for making a room feel lighter, brighter and airier. Gloss ceilings have a lovely sheen, mirror ceilings reflect light and also make spaces look bigger, and translucent ceilings allow light to stream into a room. Adding more light to your space can make a big difference to your mood in winter and can also help you to make the most out of the sunnier seasons too.
You can live out your fantasies…
Who needs reality all the time? Not us. A stretch ceiling can spirit you away to a totally different environment. This could be anything from an interstellar spaceship to the Sistine chapel to a tropical ocean paradise. Dream big.
You can keep your room warm and cosy
Stretch ceilings provide extra insulation, meaning heated air reflects from the ceiling and then returns down to your room. This means that you can keep your space warmer for longer, creating a cosier feel. Of course, you’ll save money on heating bills too, leaving you with that little bit of extra money to treat yourself with.
You can breathe in deeply and smile…
Unlike plaster ceilings, stretch ceilings don’t absorb odours from food and cigarette smoke etc. This means that they’re great for keeping your space fresh and sweet smelling every day, which is perfect for both homes and restaurants.
You can enjoy more peace and quiet…
Whether it’s your living room, study or even your swimming pool, sometimes you just need a place to unwind without being irritated by noises from elsewhere. Thankfully, you can get stretch ceilings with added soundproofing, helping your space to stay serene.
You can avoid “nasties” like damp, mould and drips…
Damp and mould have got to be two of the biggest mood killers in any space and they’re not great for your health either. Thankfully, stretch ceilings are amazingly waterproof, with just one square metre of material holding up to 100 litres of water. Stretch ceilings can also protect your room from drips and flooding from the floor above.
You can enjoy summer all year around…
For instance, by covering your ceiling with a peaceful blue sky. Bliss.
You can enjoy music so much more…
Stretch ceilings also have great acoustics (so now you know). This means that you can enjoy music more than ever. What’s more, if you’re really serious about sound, you can even get your ceiling fine-tuned to the specific acoustic needs of your space (perfect if you run a gig venue, for instance).
You can throw better parties…
Forget champagne and nibbles, let’s all agree that nothing gets a party going like a ceiling with tiny sparkles, or a glossy back mirror effect, or even a magical canopy of stars. Your guests will be thoroughly wowed (the only challenge will be in getting them to leave).
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There are many benefits to stretch ceilings but two of the most appealing have to be their versatility and originality. These aspects make them a preferred choice for professional designers as they know stretch ceilings can offer a stylish addition to any room with a perfect finish. Whereas other ceiling finishes tend to be quite conservative, with a stretch ceiling your options are pretty much unlimited, the only problem is which one to choose?
Let’s look at some of the options available.
Produced with high gloss elastic film, our mirror ceilings reflect light into a room making it feel more spacious. White lacquered canvas is most popular but if you want a really dramatic effect, consider a black gloss ceiling. Check-out both options in the slideshow below.
Fabric stretch ceilings are a relatively new option offered by Easy Ceiling Technologies. The non-pvc fabric canvas is made of polyester with a polyurethane coating. The result is a very thin, super strong fabric, visually indistinguishable from plaster. The matt textured surface gives the impression of a perfectly level ceiling. Because they look so amazing they are a popular choice for luxury interiors. Want to add a little extra glamour? Then choose a fabric canvas with tiny sparkles that glitter in the light. The fabric canvas is also perfect for printing on (see below) and can even be painted on up to 5 times.
But there’s more…
We can alter the translucency of your canvas to allow more light through all or selected parts of your ceiling.
Print your favourite image or background onto your ceiling (and wall!).
Using the correct framework stretch ceilings can be stretched into a variety of shapes; arches, curves, waves. It’s also straightforward to create multi-level ceilings.
We can also offer soundproof ceilings, anti-bacterial and dirt repellent ceilings, the latter two being very handy for children’s rooms and indoor playgrounds.
Hopefully it’s now clear that stretch ceilings are an original and truly creative option for your home or commercial premises. Better still, stretch ceilings are simple to install and very durable. They’re even easy to replace. Still don’t know which ceiling to choose? Just get in touch and we’ll help you decide!
Let’s be honest, mirror ceilings have got a bit of a dubious reputation. But as a stretch ceiling manufacturer and supplier, we’re starting to see more and more requests for stretch ceilings with a mirror effect.
1. They enhance space and light
We’ve recently installed two white super mirror stretch ceilings in the UK and Spain. Both of the spaces had low ceilings and one had a very limited amount of natural light, the only light coming through the glass wall of the outside swimming pool (see below). Because the ceilings reflect the light they make the rooms feel higher, more spacious, and of course lighter.
2. They look cool
White plastered ceilings have their place (we’re told) but why have just a white ceiling when you can have a white ceiling with a mirror effect. Many of our clients have spent tens of thousand of pounds making their properties look fantastic. In a mirrored ceiling you will get to see the features of the room, ripples of water on an indoor swimming pool or a reflection of breath-taking views.
So we have discussed that mirror ceilings look cool, and that they enhance space and light but they also give you a huge mirror! Of course this is nice if you like to look at yourself but mirrors can also have practical benefits. The client at the property above is a keen back stroke swimmer. He’s delighted that he can use the mirror to spot when he’s coming to the end of the pool – no more sore heads!
If you would like to find out more about installing a mirrored stretch ceiling in your property please get in touch for a free quote.
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Easy Ceiling Technologies is fairly unique in that we are one of the only UK stretch ceiling suppliers to have our own factory, in Hailsham, East Sussex. This means we can control the whole process for you; from manufacture through to supply, install and aftercare.
Having our own factory gives us numerous advantages.
As we are the manufacturer, supplier and installer we have complete control over your stretch ceiling installation. That means we can do it quicker than anyone else.
Having total control over the process ensures we can maintain our high quality standards.
It’s only us in our supply chain, there aren’t multiple companies who need their cut. As a result we can guarantee the lowest stretch ceiling prices on the market without compromising the high quality of our product.
As we provide a full stretch ceiling service we have a full understanding of the product. This gives us much more expertise in helping you select the right ceiling for your property. The factory also gives us opportunity to ensure our team of installers receive expert training.
As a manufacturer we are constantly looking for new ways to innovate, be it new colours, textiles or dimensions. Recently we were the first company to introduce 5 metre wide printed stretch ceiling canvases to the UK. We love working with architects and designers to explore new ways stretch ceilings can be utilised. Our factory gives us the freedom to try out new options and experiment, like see if our ceilings can take our weight!
As we are producing your ceiling we can give you more options in terms of style, fabric, measurements and colours.
Though we will happily take care of every step of the process for you for you we can also offer you flexibility. Here are four examples of different ways we can work with you.
1. Manufacture, Supply and Install
Once we have decided the ceiling fabric and design you need we will manufacture it, then supply and install at your location. This is advisable for property owners or business who are looking for a one time installation.
2. Manufacture & Supply
This is advisable for trained installers. We can just produce and supply stretch ceiling canvases and components required for you to do the install yourself. If you don’t have trained installers in your team but want to become a regular installer of stretch ceilings we suggest option 3.
3. Installation training
Our team of expert installers will train your team. A smart way to do this is hands-on with your first stretch ceiling install, we can guide you through the process. We’re always on hand if you get stuck or need help with future projects.
4. Set up your own factory!
So you are regular installer of stretch ceilings and you want to grow your business further? To maximise efficiency, especially if you are operating in a new country, we suggest you set up your own local production of the product, establishing contracts with local suppliers of components (profiles, protecting rings, platforms, etc). We can help you with the start-up of this business, as we have recently done in Algeria.
I’m very proud to tell you about three new projects we have recently completed; lighting panels for the new Gatwick Express lounge, a basement gym and spa in Spain and a luxury leisure suite in Devon.
Gatwick Express Lighting Panels
As regular users of Gatwick Airport ourselves we were very honoured to be asked by Gatwick Express contractors MGMC Ltd to provide circular stretch ceilings canvases for the lighting panels above their new lounge area for customers at Gatwick Airport.
Moving on from Gatwick Airport, let’s fly over to Spain, to the exclusive PGA Catalunya resort. We installed a stretch ceiling in the basement gym and spa of an award-winning architect designed, high spec, high tech villa. As you can see from the picture above, the only natural light comes through the glass wall of the outdoor swimming pool. We used a super mirrored stretch ceiling to reflect the light into the area but also to make the basement feel higher and more spacious.
Back to the UK, to Devon in particular. This project was a joy for our installation team as the sea views from the house are spectacular. We provided the ceiling for the leisure suite, complete with indoor pool, sauna, seating area, bar and pool table. As with the Spanish project we used a super mirrored white ceiling to reflect more light into the space. The owner, a keen backstroke swimmer, was delighted he could use the ceiing to note when he had to turn!
Though the concept of stretch ceilings dates back to Ancient Egypt times the majority of people have still never heard of them. So if you are relatively new to the idea, you might be interested to hear about some of unique properties of stretch ceilings.
1. You can stand on them!
It’s true. And we’ve got proof. In this short video one of our installers puts his whole weight on a demo stretch ceiling in our factory in East Sussex.
2. Easy to clean
It’s no coincidence our name is Easy Ceiling Technologies. Because they are made of PVC elastic, stretch ceilings are incredibly easy to keep clean. Simply wipe with water or window cleaner.
3. They don’t absorb odours
Stretch ceilings are a great choice for restaurants and kitchens. There are unlimited design options so you can get that real wow factor. They don’t absorb odours either keeping your restaurant or home smelling nice and fresh.
A back lit stretch ceiling in a restaurant
4. They’re waterproof
Unlike some other ceiling options, stretch ceilings are waterproof. Just one square metre of stretch ceiling can hold up to 100 litres of water. At the end of this video (start it at 0:50) our installers demonstrate how this works. They also show how easy it is to get rid of the water leak with absolutely no damage to the ceiling.
5. They don’t catch fire
Stretch ceilings are non-flammable. When they are exposed to fire the material just melts away. Hot bits of material do not drop of the ceiling and the fire does not spread.
6. You can print on them
Unlike your traditional plasterboard ceiling, there are a huge amount of options for how you can finish your ceiling. The most eye-catching has to be a printed ceiling. Cloudy sky is the most popular design but why not use a print of your favourite artwork or your company branding.
7. They’re the perfect party ceiling
Because they are incredibly strong, easy to clean and odour resistant, stretch ceilings are a fantastic choice if you like to party. But what about flying champagne corks? That’s covered too. See a demo of what happens in this video (start it at 0:26).
8. You can create different levels and shapes to your ceiling
A ceiling is flat and all on one-level, right? Not so with stretch ceilings. You can create any manner of 3D shapes and curves.
9. They can be installed in under a day
It can take as little as five hours to install your stretch ceiling. That’s about the same time as a round of golf, so why don’t you grab your clubs and head off, when you come back you’ll have a new ceiling! Not a golfer? I’m sure you can think of something nice to do. You won’t have to prepare the room or tidy up after either.
10. They are ultra hygienic
There’s no coincidence that stretch ceilings are highly recommended for healthcare and medical environments. As mentioned already they are very easy to clean and do not corrode or suffer from condensation or damp.
Stretch Ceiling in a dental clinic
11. They are great for acoustics
Your standard stretch ceiling is already great for acoustics. But go one step further and use a special micro-perforated membrane which can be tuned to match your acoustic needs. Fancy eh?
So there you have it. I hope you’ve learned something new? Please get in touch to find out more.
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