Beams. So dreamy. They are an architectural element extraordinaire.
I love ’em. Always have. To me, they say, “Come on in and snuggle by the fire”…
Or, “Join us for a relaxing dinner in our cozy (but extremely elegant) kitchen.”
They also say “You the type of homeowner that likes paying for things through the nose? Then buy a some of us!” And when I realized this, suddenly, the beam dream became obscene. And so ended my love affair with beams. This post contains some affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
Here we are. You see those beams? Guess what? THEY’RE FAKE! That’s right, I said it. We got a beam job…or “beam augmentation” if you will.
We discovered FAUX BEAMS! And just like that, my love affair with beams was back on again. For just a fraction (like 1/5) of the cost of REAL wood beams, and just a teensy, tiny percentage of the weight (which is important for installation), it is possible to buy and install these faux beams.
And guess what? They look real. Seriously. Hallelujah, hap-beam days are here again!! Wanna know how to work with them? The male half of the Heathered Nest is gonna give you the crash course (without the crashing part. That would be a bad outcome)…
DIY Faux Beams Installation Supplies:
- faux beams
- joist hangers (must us adjustable joist hangers if you have a sloped ceiling)
- wood putty
- drywall togglebolts
- laser level or line level
- standard level (the bigger the better)
- two sets of hands
- angle finder
- tape measure
- circular saw (to cut 2×4’s)
- handsaw (to cut faux beam)…seems a little old fashioned, but it worked well
- ladder (or two, depending on where/how high you’ll be installing)
- telescoping work poles (not a must, but very helpful…and not just for this project!
How to Install Faux Beams:
DON’T BE SCARED…IT’S NOT BAD!!
1. Determine the layout of your faux beams and how many beams you want.
Yes, that sounds obvious. But there are so many options (color/style/texture) for these faux beams, that this was actually the most challenging part of the project for us! Here’s an image of our family room BEFORE we installed the beams.
2. Install joist hangers.
3. Install the 2×4’s into the hangers.
Depending on the span needed, you’ll have to “sister”, or screw two 2×4’s together. Remember, they make 2×4’s up to 16’ in length, so get the longest 2×4 you need fit the span. This will give your beam more strength. Sistering two 8’ 2×4’s together to make a 16’ span would be a bad plan. Once you’ve sistered your 2×4’s, cut them to length.
BAD PICTURE ALERT BELOW…but you can kind of see the “sistered” 2×4’s in this image if you look closely. You can also see the ends of the 2×4’s sitting in the joist hangers. Finally, check out those red poles sitting beneath either end of the 2×4’s. Those are telescoping work poles, and they were pretty clutch for completing this project (and have helped us in numerous others).
4. Cut the faux wood beams to length.
5. Install the faux beams.
So come on! Faux-get about it! Give these faux beams a try. We “wood” love to see how they turn out if you do!
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