Make your own cove above the kitchen island, by Bas

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In this project I realized a cove that hangs loosely from the ceiling. This is a bit more difficult than when it is attached to the wall on 1 or 2 sides. After measuring and calculating carefully, I ordered the custom sheet material at

Work description: how did you realize your project

The Netherlands was just in lockdown due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Handymen were up to their ears and charged such ridiculously high prices. That is why I decided to make the cove for above the kitchen island myself. Unfortunately I did not find a comparable project in the inspiration corner of, the projects for a cove or suspended ceiling were all projects where the workpiece was attached to a wall. I set to work myself with a few simple sketches and a few starting points in terms of dimensions: The cove had to be 3.6m by 1.2m, at least 35.0cm high so that the extraction unit fits in it and a few spots have to be in it. The blank MDF board material was delivered perfectly to size by and with super tight (and sharp, by the way, they were sawn so tightly) mitred edges. I sawed the 44x44 spruce beams to size on site. First I made the frame that is attached to the ceiling. In this frame I pre-drilled the holes where later the attachment to the ceiling will be and then made the mark on the ceiling for the holes with the help of this frame (2 people hold the frame, mark 1). The frame was then removed from the ceiling and the lower part of the frame was assembled. Small bars of 35-(4.4+4.4) were attached to this bottom piece, because these bars come between 2 frames. Finally, the entire frame has been assembled on the floor, screws for the ceiling have already been set in the beams with a small point protruding. Then the whole is attached to the ceiling with the SPAX Torx chipboard screws. First insert all screws into the plug a little, then fully into the plug up to 1/2 cm and finally tighten all screws. I have a Makita impact screwdriver, this was really necessary to get the last 1/2 cm in all the way. The frame is the most difficult job, because the plate material was all perfectly tailored and mitered, so that they fit together nicely. Fastening the MDF plates was very easy with the MDF sheet metal screws. Finally, all holes and small cracks filled up. It remains a wood product of course and tightening the fastening screws on one side causes the workpiece to pull on the other side. After sealing the holes, the cove is primed and then painted twice. Look out! I myself had to miter the short side of 2 plates of 180x35.

Final size: What are the outer dimensions?

The cove has become 3.60m by 1.20m, the same size as the kitchen island it will hang above.

How next?

This is a project for inspiration. Because our assortment has changed, (some of) the products are no longer available.

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