Ceilings and Partitionings

Types of Ceilings

Beyond the functionality of holding a room together, ceilings are also a wonderful way to add character to a room or office. Esmoené specialises in the installation of ceilings and associated decor, including cornices and bulkheads, which this page will explore in more detail.

Drywall Ceilings

Drywall ceilings are the most common type of ceiling and can be painted, wallpapered and covered with a variety of covering options. Drywall ceilings are easy to maintain with a fresh coat of paint every three to five years. They are also easy to repair from water damage with a patch of drywall and plaster.

Suspended (Drop) Ceilings

A suspended or drop ceiling is a secondary ceiling that is hung below the existing ceiling, using a metal grid that is suspended by wires or hangers. The grid consists of cross tees that support the in-laying of tiles or panels. Suspended ceilings are typically found in offices, hospitals, schools and auditoriums and offer some great benefits, such as:

  • A variety of design choices
  • Easy access to wiring and home systems
  • Sound proofing
  • Moisture and sag resistance
  • Fire safety
  • Energy efficiency through insulation

Tray Ceilings

A tray ceiling is an artistic element that can be added to an existing ceiling to give it a unique look. A tray ceiling begins horizontally at the wall intersection and is built upwards in a cut-out resembling a tray.  The cut can be vertical or angled, and the tray can be 150-300mm deep. Decorative mouldings or lights can also be incorporated and these types of ceilings are commonly found in dining rooms and/or master bedrooms.

Bulkheads and Cornices


Bulkheads are used where it is necessary to enclose certain existing fixtures, such as wiring, or to enhance the aesthetic appeal of a ceiling. Bulkheads can be installed in various designs, sizes and positions to create different levels between horizontal ceiling planes. Esmoené has the technical know-how and product expertise to assist you in choosing the perfect bulkhead that will enhance the look of your ceiling.


Apart from their practical application in closing off the gap between walls and ceilings and hiding small crevices, cornices also have a decorative function. Give your room or office a makeover and let Esmoené make the transition from wall to ceiling appealing with a wide variety of styles and designs of cornice mouldings.

Dry Wall Partitioning

Drywall partitioning is a cost effective method of creating indoor walls and partitioning without the use of bricks or cement. Esmoené specialises in drywall partitioning, with pre- manufactured gypsum board available in various sizes, thickness and finishes.  Some of the benefits of drywall partitioning include:

  • An effective way of dividing open plan areas such as offices and large rooms and areas
  • Installation is quick and easy
  • Drywalls have good insulation and fire resistance properties
  • Repairs and additions are easily done
  • Drywall partitioning can be painted, wallpapered or tiled