How to Add Ceiling Joists to Wide Garage

Have you ever wondered how to add ceiling joists to the garage? In this article, I will talk about all of those and more.

Before continuing with the rest of the article, some of you might not know what a ceiling joist is, and that’s why I will explain everything you need to know.

Adding Ceiling Joists to Wide Garage

What are ceiling joists?

A ceiling joist is a wooden or metal beam used to support a ceiling of a building. They are often called trusses or rafters. The purpose of a ceiling joist is to support a roof load imposed on a ceiling below.

Ceiling joists are standard in residential construction; however, they are also commonly used in commercial structures such as warehouses.

A ceiling joist is usually made up of two parallel boards, one top, and one bottom, which together form the shape of a rectangle.

The upper board is attached to the underside of the beam, while the lower board is nailed onto the side of the wall. The space between these two boards is filled with wood shims that act as spacers.

6 steps to add ceiling joints to the garage

Garage renovations can be expensive, but there are several ways to help reduce costs. With some creative thinking, and proper planning, installing ceiling joists is one of the easiest ways to expand the usable space of your garage.

Tools you need:

  • Cordless Screwdriver
  • Screws & Dowels
  • Tape Measure
  • Nail Gun
  • Safety Glasses
  • Chalk
  • Hammer

Step 1: Locate the area

The first step in adding ceiling joints to your garage is to locate where you would like to install them. If you plan on doing this project yourself, you should measure the height of the ceiling joists above the floor.

You’ll also need to determine if there is an existing ceiling joist at this location. If so, you may have to remove the old joist before starting the installation process.

If there isn’t an existing joist at this location, you can simply cut out the old joists and start working on the new ones.

Once you’ve determined where you’d like to put the new ceiling joists, you should mark the position of the joists using chalk lines. These lines should be placed approximately 2-3 inches away from the walls and ceiling.

Once you’ve marked the positions of the joists, you can now begin cutting them down to size.

Step 2: Cut the ceiling joists

Cutting garage ceiling joists

After marking the position of the joist with chalk, you can now begin measuring and cutting the joists down to size. To do this, you should make sure that you have all the necessary tools ready.

First, you should get a tape measure. Next, you should grab a cordless screwdriver. And finally, you should get a nail gun.

Using the tape measure, you should measure the distance between the marks you made earlier. Then, using the screwdriver, you should drill holes into the joist.

Next, you should attach nails through the holes you just drilled using the nail gun. Once you’ve finished attaching the nails, you should repeat the same steps until you reach the desired length of the joists.

Step 3: Attach new ceiling joists

Now that you’ve installed the new ceiling joists, you can move on to the next step. To finish off the job, you should use a hammer and nail to attach the new joists to the old ones.

This process doesn’t take that much of your time, but you must do it properly, so don’t rush it.

Step 4: Fill the gap between the old and new joists

Now that you’ve completed the installation of the new ceiling joists it’s time to fill the gap between the old and new joists.

For this purpose, you should use wood filler or drywall compound. Doing this part of the process is a fairly easy step that doesn’t require explanation. Once you’ve filled the gap, you should sand the surface smoothly.

Step 5: Install the drywall paneling

Install the drywall paneling

Finally, once you’ve smoothed over the surface, you can go ahead and install the drywall panels.

In order to do this, you should first prepare the wall by removing any loose material such as screws, nails, etc. You should then apply a bead of caulk along the edges of the panel.

Then, using a level, you should ensure that the panel is plumb. After this, you should place the panel against the wall and press firmly.

Step 6: Hang the ceiling light fixtures

The final step in completing this project is hanging the light fixtures. For this purpose, you should first remove the fixture from its packaging. Then, using a level, check for any misalignment.

You should then adjust the height of the fixture accordingly. Once you’re done adjusting the height, you should hang the fixture.

That’s it! Your garage ceiling has been transformed into something beautiful and functional. To make your garage more functional you can consider raising the ceiling of the garage.

How much weight can garage ceiling joists support?

Garage ceiling joists often carry the load of the entire floor system above them. These joists are usually constructed using 2x4s or 2x6s, and they may also be made from metal or wood.

Joists should never exceed the limits of their structural strength. When installing wooden joists, care must be taken to install them properly.

The top edge of each joist needs to overlap at least 1/2 inch of the bottom edge of the next joist for proper distribution of load. Installers need to use shims when necessary to ensure proper alignment of the joints.

Your garage ceiling should be strong enough to hold 40 lbs/Sq Ft, including the weight of any other floors above it.

If you do not have an additional floor above, your ceiling trusses can hold a maximum of 10 lbs per square foot. An engineer can determine if your garage is safe and structurally sound for you.

Arthur Kyser Morn

Hey Guys! It's me Arthur Kyser Morn, aka AKM, the proud founder and author of Tools Auditor. I'm a content marketer, a dad of 2 lovely sons, and a handyman. I love trying out new tools, and together with my team, I've been creating helpful guides since 2017 with tools and DIY tips.

Recent Posts