Tiny houses have been in the mainstream for a few years now. Their small footprints (typically under 400 sq ft) and low cost (most costs hundreds less than conventional homes) have made them popular among young couples and, of course, others looking for less space, utility, and maintenance costs. 

Today, the number of tiny houses on wheels has grown dramatically, and many people have fallen in love with the unique lifestyle it creates. Whether you want to build a tiny house on wheels or update an existing structure, you must know about the types of ceilings that fit and are common in tiny houses on wheels. 

However,  this post will provide nine of the most common ceiling types in tiny houses on wheels.

1. Cathedral or Vaulted ceiling

This type of ceiling is another classic design, but it is becoming increasingly popular, especially in single-level homes like tiny houses on wheels. This ceiling is famous in living rooms because you can add an open cathedral style to maximize the space. If you don’t have any decoration or furniture to go with it, it can still look beautiful because of the height of the ceiling. With cathedral ceilings, you can add some character and interest to your tiny home, as it is the tallest ceiling in your house.

The edge of the cathedral ceiling can be vertical or horizontal, depending on the design. If you are going for the flat version, make sure you have a beam or a natural crossbeam on either side of the ceiling.

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2. Coffered ceiling

Coffered ceilings are trendy in formal living rooms, especially in bedrooms, where you can use the space for storage. The materials include plastic and fiberglass blends, with foam padding on the lower section. You can choose a higher ceiling style for a more modern look, but remember that the ceiling height will only allow you to have a partial skylight. You will have to look for other options to bring natural light while letting the airflow.

These ceilings can also be used in other rooms as long as they are of a certain height. When you put in a coffered ceiling, you need to include an edge to keep the flow from the top ceiling from falling. If you have a round ceiling, ensure it has a slight advantage, as it will keep the flow while adding a design element to your room.

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3. Conventional or convertible ceiling 

These ceilings come in either flat or shiplap style. It is a prevalent choice for tiny houses on wheels because you can place an open shelf on your wall and put some decorative accessories. Also, this type of ceiling will keep the frames from taking up space in the room, so you can make them valuable and beautiful. You can also choose an open-top design to support more light and air inside the room. If you have some exciting or vintage pieces of furniture to display, this is the ceiling that would be the best choice for you.

4. Tapestry ceiling 

Tapestry ceilings include multiple ceiling pieces similar in design but different. They are popular in homes with a solid rustic or natural aesthetic. They also use them with an accent ceiling that includes a non-tapestry style ceiling tile.

These ceilings are typical and fit in tiny houses on wheels perfectly because they are versatile. So, a homeowner can have either tapestry or standard ceilings depending on the theme they want to use in their tiny house.

5. Shed ceiling

When it comes to a shed ceiling, you can use wood or plasterboard to get the look you want for your tiny house. This type of ceiling is especially suitable for tiny houses on wheels because it creates a few extra feet of space for smaller living spaces. Also,  the ceiling design is excellent for adding a quirky dimension to your tiny house.

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6. Box beam ceiling

Most of the standard tiny houses on wheels have a box beam ceiling. Why? In addition to conserving space, the box provides a sturdy and firm platform from which to hang the ceiling tiles.

Box ceilings are generally set approximately two feet above a wheel or bus floor, allowing for a small amount of headroom and a good balance of square footage for added living space.

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7. Paneled ceiling 

Ceiling panels are a great way to reduce the size of a room that’s too high. It’s a simple construction method consisting of a flat surface with a light structure covered in thermo-insulating, sound-absorbing, and sound-insulating or fireproof material.

They have a double function: functional – with a covering in thermo-insulating, sound-absorbing, and sound-insulating or fireproof material – and aesthetic. There are different ways of making ceilings, but the main difference is whether you can easily disassemble them. The installation of ceiling panels is a solution that planners and property owners often consider to reduce the size of rooms with a high height, hide systems and imperfections of the ceiling and improve the thermo-acoustic comfort of the rooms.

The ceiling panels are also a decorative element to furnish their environments. Allow you to hide wires, pipes, heating or air conditioning systems, responding to system needs. With plasterboard ceiling panels, you can obtain suggestive and impressive environments

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8. Exposed ceiling

This style of ceiling comes in different forms. The exposed ceiling is quite popular in tiny houses because it needs a solid finish. Instead, it is transparent, allowing you to view the materials used to construct the ceiling. The ceiling can be used in almost any part of the house and can help add variety to your room design. The other version of the exposed ceiling is the 3-inch ceiling, which contractors use in attic or garage ceilings.

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9. Cloister ceiling 

The cloister ceiling is a type of ceiling typically made of wood, which gives it a unique look. If you don’t have any doors or windows exposed to the elements, this is a ceiling you can use for your tiny house. Also, this type of ceiling is ideal for you if you live in a tropical area or somewhere warm.

Final words

As you can see, the choice of ceiling is more complex than you may think. But using the above ideas and illustrations, you should be able to come up with or choose a great ceiling design for your home.

Tiny houses have been in the mainstream for a few years now. Their small footprints (typically under 400 sq ft) and low cost (most costs hundreds less than conventional homes) have made them popular among young couples and, of course, others looking for less space, utility, and maintenance costs. 

Today, the number of tiny houses on wheels has grown dramatically and a lot of people have fallen in love with the unique lifestyle it creates. So, whether you want to build a tiny house on wheels or you want to update an existing structure, it is important that you know about the different types of ceilings that are fit and common in tiny houses on wheels. 

However,  this post will provide you with nine of the most common ceiling types in tiny houses on wheels.

1. Cathedral or Vaulted ceiling

This type of ceiling is another classic design, but it is becoming increasingly popular, especially in single-level homes like tiny houses on wheels. This ceiling is popular in living rooms because you can add an open, cathedral style to maximize the space. If you don’t have any decoration or furniture to go with it, it can still look beautiful, because of the height of the ceiling. With cathedral ceilings, you can add some character and interest to your tiny home, as it is the tallest ceiling in your house.

The edge of the cathedral ceiling can either be vertical or horizontal, depending on the design. If you are going for the horizontal version, make sure that you have a beam or a natural crossbeam on either side of the ceiling.

RELATED: 9 Clever Ways to Counteract Low Ceilings For A Tiny House

2. Coffered ceiling

Coffered ceilings are very popular in formal living rooms and especially in bedrooms, where you can use the space for storage. They are made of a plastic and fiberglass blend, with foam padding on the lower section. You can choose a higher ceiling style for a more modern look, but remember that the ceiling height will not allow you to have a complete skylight. So, you will have to look for other options that would bring in natural light, while still letting the airflow.

These ceilings can also be used in other rooms as long as they are of a certain height. When you put in a coffered ceiling, you need to include a little bit of an edge to keep the flow from the ceiling from falling. If you have a round ceiling, make sure it has a little bit of an edge, as it will still keep the flow, while adding a design element to your room.

RELATED: The Best Ways to Dress Up a Drop Ceiling For a Tiny House on Wheels

3. Conventional or convertible ceiling 

These ceilings come in either flat or shiplap style. This is a very popular choice for tiny houses on wheels because you can place an open shelf on your wall, where you can put some decorative accessories. Also, this type of ceiling will keep the shelves from taking up space in the room, so you can make them useful and beautiful. You can also choose an open-top design to keep more light and air inside the room. If you have some interesting or vintage pieces of furniture to display, this is the ceiling that would be the best choice for you. 

4. Tapestry ceiling 

Tapestry ceilings are made up of multiple pieces of ceiling that are similar in design but not exactly the same. They are popular in homes with a strong rustic or natural aesthetic and can also be used in combination with an accent ceiling that includes a non-tapestry style ceiling tile.

These ceilings are common and fit in tiny houses on wheels perfectly because they are versatile. So, a homeowner can have either tapestry or standard ceilings depending on the theme they want to use in their tiny house.

5. Shed ceiling

When it comes to a shed ceiling, you can use pieces of wood or plasterboard to get the look that you want for your tiny house. This type of ceiling is especially suitable for tiny houses on wheels because it allows for the creation of a few extra feet of living space for smaller living spaces. Also,  the ceiling design is great for adding a quirky dimension to your tiny house.

6. Box beam ceiling

Most of the standard tiny houses on wheels have a box beam ceiling. Why? In addition to conserving space, the box provides a sturdy and firm platform from which to hang the ceiling tiles.

Box ceilings are generally set approximately two feet above the floor of a wheel or bus which allows for a small amount of headroom as well as a good balance of square footage for added living space.

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7. Paneled ceiling 

Paneled ceilings are the opposite of the convertible ceiling. In this style, the ceiling tiles are only installed in one direction. In most cases, this allows for very few options as the room is essentially wallpapered.

The best thing about the paneled ceiling is that it provides insulation against drafts and helps to regulate the temperature inside the tiny house.

The panel ceilings are generally installed only in higher floor plans as they require a significant amount of structural support and a good amount of lumber.

RELATED: 6 Things to Know About Living with High Ceilings

8. Exposed ceiling

This style of ceiling comes in different forms. The exposed ceiling is quite popular in tiny houses because it doesn’t have a solid finish. Instead, it is transparent, allowing you to view the materials that were used to construct the ceiling. The ceiling can be used in almost any part of the house and can help add variety to your room design. The other version of the exposed ceiling is the 3-inch ceiling, which is usually used in attic or garage ceilings.

9. Cloister ceiling 

The cloister ceiling is a type of ceiling that is typically made of wood, which gives it a unique look. If you don’t have any doors or windows that are exposed to the elements, this is a ceiling that you can use for your tiny house. Also, if you live in a tropical area or somewhere warm, then this type of ceiling is ideal for you.

Final words

As you can see, the choice of ceiling is not as simple as you may think. But using the above ideas and illustrations, you should be able to come up with or choose a great ceiling design for your home.