If you’ve been planning on completing a DIY project in your home — and you intend on using faux beams — you’re probably already aware of the benefits. Exposed ceiling beams are a design element that can substantially elevate your home’s look and feel. Wood beams are an extremely popular feature that can be used in many décor styles.
However, real wood beams are heavy, expensive, and difficult to install. On the other hand, faux wood beams can give the impression of real wood in a much more attainable way. To help you plan out your ceiling beam DIY, we’ve written this guide to help you through your installation.
How Faux Beams Are Different from Real Wood
Faux wood beams can help you achieve the look of real wood, and they have some clear benefits over the real thing.
Faux beams are made from high-density polyurethane. This means that polyurethane foam is injected into a closed mold, creating a high-density, durable product. They are extremely lightweight in comparison to real wood – a 6" x 6" x 10’ faux beam weighs under 20 pounds, where real wood would weigh 600 pounds!
This greatly decreases the cost and eases installation. Plus, with the current lumber costs and shortages, you can save even more! They also do not put additional strain on your home’s frame, meaning that they are safer to use and less likely to damage your home.
Design and Spacing of Faux Wood Beams
Before embarking on your home improvement project, you’ll want to do some research. This will not only help you choose the appropriate style, color, and look of beams to achieve your goals, but will also inform you how many beams you will need.
In general, closer spacing will make the ceiling feel lower, while beams installed further apart make the ceiling feel higher. Lower ceilings can create a cozier feel, while higher ceilings can feel elegant
How far apart to space your faux wood beams can also be influenced by how thick the beams are. Thicker beams will look better with more space between them, while thinner beams may need less space to feel complete.
In addition, the size of the room can impact the spacing of your beams. The smaller the room, the more space you may want to leave between the beams so that the ceiling does not feel too low and restricting.
To decide how far apart to space faux wood beams, consider the size of your room and the size of your preferred beams. If your ceiling is low enough, mark where the beams will be with painters’ tape to visualize how your project will look.
One of the best ways to picture how your beam spacing will turn out is to browse photos of previous projects. You can find design inspiration in several different room styles on our website. If you have any questions or need advice, contact one of our customer experience specialists who can help you through the process.
Ordering Ceiling Beams
Once you’ve decided how far apart you want to space your beams, you’ll want to order the appropriate number and dimensions of beams.
Taking into account the width of the room, calculate how many ceiling beams it will take to create your design while maintaining your desired spacing. Be sure to factor in whether you want a beam to be flush with the wall, or if you want there to be spacing between the first beam and the wall.
Installing and Spacing Ceiling Beams
Upon receiving your beams, you’re ready to create your design. At this point, you can use your calculations to mark out where you want the beams to be with painters’ tape. It can help to mark the ends and middle of the room to ensure that the beams appear evenly spaced across the ceiling.
You will first install pieces of wood as anchors, and these will be screwed into the studs in your ceiling. Once you install the anchors, you can take one last look at the spacing to try and envision how the beams will look before you attach the beams to the anchor pieces.
Creating Your Dream Faux Beam Design
There are several aspects to accomplishing your wood beam project. In addition to determining spacing, these also include carefully selecting the color and style of the beams you want to install.
As you develop your plan, you can browse our design center for ideas. We have an extensive collection of styles and colors to help accomplish your vision.