What Is the Major Purpose of a Coffered Ceiling?

by Katie Leslove Blogger

A coffered ceiling is an architectural design that’s used on roofs as a series of sunken panels that may be square, octagon, or rectangular. 

Coffered ceilings have their origins in early Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The Pantheon in Rome, which is the largest unreinforced concrete dome, is the most prominent building which boasts of Roman coffering. Modern architecture has evolved by changing the depth and shapes of how coffering appears in ceilings. Apart from offering aesthetic appeal, a coffered ceiling has other purposes.

Create the illusion of space

A coffered ceiling can make a small space feel roomy when using box-beamed coffering in the roof. One of the best ways to achieve this is to give the beams a different color or stain from the ceiling, which will create a unique look that absolutely pops.

Aesthetic appeal

Coffered ceilings bring an element of elegance, style and add interest to a ceiling. When designing a house, ceilings are the one part interior designers often neglect. However, coffered ceilings are changing this trend by incorporating designs that make a space more appealing.


Another benefit of having a coffered ceiling is that it acts as a sound-absorbing feature in a room. The coffers take in a soundwave, and instead of moving throughout the room, it moves within the coffer from one side to the other, ultimately absorbing it. Crabby noises and echoes are reduced significantly in a room with coffered ceilings. Acoustic experts add a sound-absorbing panel to a coffered ceiling to create great sound. These ceilings are also easy to manipulate when retrofitting a room for acoustical improvement.

Distribute the weight of a ceiling

Due to the architectural design, the frame forms a series of ribs and stabilizing rings that help distribute the weight of a ceiling in a dome. On a flat ceiling, the grid framing acts as a network of integral beams that distributes the load. Over the centuries, architects have built churches, temples, and cathedrals that have magnificent roof structures that could hold thousands of people. Coffers have been an integral aspect of contributing to the efficiency and performance of these structures. 

As mentioned earlier in this article, The Pantheon in Rome boasts of magnificence and grandeur in its architectural design and has an intricate coffered ceiling to boot. Its design dating back to 126AD has had a tremendous influence on architecture to date.

Types of material used in coffered ceilings

There is a variety of beams, molding, and trims used in coffered ceilings. The type of wood selected for construction varies and largely depends on the budget. The better the quality of the wood is, the higher the cost. Wood coffered ceilings are the most common in architecture. 

Other materials used in the construction of the sunken panels are;

  • Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)
  • Polyurethane foam and plaster
  • Marble

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