How to Hang Plastic From a Ceiling

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Things You'll Need

  • Wide blue painter's tape

  • Nails

  • Thumbtacks


Regardless of the method you use, start at one end of the room holding the top edge of the plastic against the ceiling. Work across the ceiling, attaching as you go.

Have a spotter to assist with handing you supplies and spotting you on the ladder.

During remodeling and renovation projects, protecting certain areas of a room is important. Hanging plastic sheets from the ceiling provides a way to protect walls from paint or flying debris or to close off a portion of the room. There are several methods you can use to hang plastic sheets from the ceiling. Base the method you use on your situation.

Step 1

Stick the plastic to the ceiling using blue painter's tape. The tape won't damage the ceiling surface when removed. Use a thick painter's tape for added strength. Apply pieces throughout the area where the plastic meets the ceiling.

Step 2

Hang plastic from an unfinished ceiling area by nailing it to the rafters. Find a beam that extends across the area you want covered by the plastic. Hammer a nail into place approximately every foot. Remove the nails when you want to take the plastic down.

Step 3

Attach the plastic along the ceiling by pressing thumbtacks through it and into the ceiling at the rate of one every foot or so. For lightweight plastic, you may be able to use fewer tacks. When you finish, remove the thumbtacks and fill in the holes with tiny dots of putty that match the ceiling color.

Sarah Schreiber

Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.