Ceiling speakers are a common component of a quality home theater system or even a good sound system in the home. If you have a drop ceiling, installing speakers is even easier because you can conceal the majority of the wiring in the ceiling. Also, if there is ever a problem with the wiring, a drop ceiling guarantees easy access to the problem.
Step 1: Purchase brackets that are rated to hold the weight of each speaker in your sound system or home theater system. If the speakers are particularly light, you may be able to mount them on specialty tiles. However, a bracket will ensure that the speaker will not come crashing through your ceiling.
Step 2: Run the wires from the system through the walls and up to the ceiling. This process can be tricky, so consider getting an electrician to run the wires through the wall for you. If you don’t want to try that, consider tacking the wires to the outside of the wall, then using a piece of conduit to cover the wires. This will protect the wires from damage, and give you a piece of trim that you can paint to match the surrounding wall.
Step 3: Remove the drop ceiling panel so the inside of the ceiling is exposed. Mount your bracket to a joist or other structural member so it can support the weight of the speaker. If the joist is too high up, you can install a perpendicular member to the joists to diminish the distance, but still provide support.
Step 4: Attach the speaker to the brackets. The speaker should be positioned so it will be flush with the other panels in the drop ceiling.
Step 5: Wire the speakers to work with your home theater or sound system. Check that the speakers are working properly and run any tests before proceeding to install the speakers into the drop ceiling.
Step 5: Cut a hole in the ceiling panel to allow for enough room for the speaker to fit into the room. Be exact when cutting this hole and pause for fittings if necessary. Some ceiling speakers contain a decorative grill that will protect the speaker and conceal the edges of the hole. If you have these grills, look for a template that will streamline the cutting process. Otherwise, plan on use some thin trim, mitered on the edges, to conceal the seam between panel and speaker as necessary.