Installing Ceiling Beams

Dining room interior. Ceiling beams blend perfectly with stone wall trim and fireplace. Dining room has wooden table set and tv

Decorative beams bring warmth, character, and ambiance to a room or ceiling. Vaulted ceilings are particularly gorgeous with the addition of wood beams and help improve the look of the huge, blank canvas.

Most ceiling beams are decorative and can be added without professional installation. The installation process is even easier with faux wood beams. These beams are constructed of actual wood, but are made up of three or four sections to create an empty “box” on the ceiling. These beams can hide wires or pipes and are significantly lighter.

If you plan to build your own beams, assess your comfort level and get professional advice if necessary. Real wood beams might only take up to a couple days to install, but will instantly give your ceiling a great new look. We’re here to help you with your next home improvement project!

Materials

No matter what type of ceiling beams you are installing, you’ll need the following tools:

Tape Measure

Miter Saw/Circular Saw

Chalk Line

Measuring Tape

Wood Glue

Ladder

2×4 Planks

Nails

Nail Gun/Hammer

Stud Finder

And of course, your wood beams!

To achieve the best outcome, real wood beams must be allowed to adapt to the room’s temperature and relative humidity before installation. This entails maintaining a constant temperature and humidity in the room for about a week. Then, to adequately prepare the beams, they should be left in the room for about three days.

Not only should the beams be ready, but the ceiling should be able to sustain them. Find studs or build a frame if needed. Start with your measurements and plan out your desired pattern.

Preparing Your Beams

  1. You should assemble faux beams before you begin. You will also need to cut some pieces to fit your ceiling’s measurements.
  2. Cut all the beams to the same size.
  3. Place the first piece of wood on the assembly table and glue the edge where it will interlock with the next joint.
  4. Remove any surplus glue from the joints.
  5. If it is necessary, you can use nails to attach parts of the beam together. Continue to do this for the rest of your beams.
  6. Be sure that the glue is dry before continuing.

Preparing Your Ceiling

  1. Mark the ceiling where the beams will be installed.
  2. Stretch your chalk line across the ceiling to keep lines straight and grids marked.
  3. You can use your 2×4 planks as “nailers” to help with installing faux wood beams. The beams will slide over them and be held in place.
  4. Secure the beams to the nailers using temporary brackets.

Tips Before You Start

Don’t test your sandpaper on visible pieces before you’re sure how it will look.

Never attach beams to drywall or ceiling plaster directly; always attach to a joist.

Securing the beams into position requires lifting and supporting them safely. Get assistance if you need it!

If you are using solid wood, you should consult a professional about properly supporting the ceiling.

Making Your Own Beams

Wood beams are elegant and ageless, and they lend charm to any area, from informal living to formal dining. An experienced homeowner who can assemble and raise the beams will find them quite simple to install. Transform any space in your home with this easy DIY project. The first step is to choose the wood beams for your home! Contact our team to get all of the lumber supplies you’ll need for your next project in Las Vegas, Nevada!