I’m really starting to like my metal ceiling. I not only like the look, but it has stayed warm with no condensation down to 0° F outside. I do have a condensation issue somewhere else, but I’m saving that discussion for another post. One thing I was initially concerned with about the ceiling, though, was how I would add lights to it.
I decided to pick up some neodymium magnets with hooks from Applied Magnets to try and hang some lamps with them. I got three different sizes to try: 1.25″ at 98 pound pull force, 1″ at 43 pounds, and 3/4″ at 34 pounds. The 1.25″ have proven the most useful, and have held everything I have tried them with very securely. The 1″ works good for lighter things like the lamp chains, and the 3/4″ is pretty useless. Their pull force ratings are definitely on the optimistic side, and I would feel more comfortable rating them at half of what they are listed.
When I was up at a friend’s cabin near the Boundary Waters in 2009, I noticed he had a suspended drying rack around the wood stove. With floor space at a premium in my small cabin, I knew I had to do something similar. Looking through the Ikea catalog I found the perfect solution – the KROKEN ceiling-mounted utensil rack. At only $24.99 with chains, how could I afford to not give it a try? It’s attached to the ceiling with four of the 1.25″ magnets, and I’m confident it will support any amount of wet winter gear I can hang on it.
One thing I never expected to hang from the ceiling was my curtains. I had already bought some traditional curtain rods (but fortunately not installed them) when I noticed the KVARTAL track system at Ikea. I got to thinking that the KVARTAL ceiling fixture could be attached to the magnets without too much difficulty thereby creating a curtain rod that could be readily removed and reattached. I had to modify the ceiling fixture by drilling the hole a little larger, unscrewing the hook from a 1.25″ magnet, then epoxying the two together. It works and looks great, and it only takes seconds to remove and replace the entire curtain assembly if necessary.
I now plan on using these KVARTAL rails everywhere else in the cabin – bedroom and bathroom privacy curtains, utility/storage area, and even the shower curtain. KVARTAL even has a cool corner track so you can easily make a continuous circle ceiling mounted shower curtain.