How To DIY Faux Wood Beams

I’m so excited to finally be sharing my tutorial on how to make DIY faux wood beams! Our DIY faux wood beams have made an enormous impact on the overall look of our home and I couldn’t love them more!

Faux beams have become so popular over the years and I am a huge fan of this “trend”! What is so interesting is that these have been a part of our architectural history for many, many years. In my opinion, they are CLASSIC!

What I love about faux wood beams is that you get the appearance of sturdy, wood beams but in reality, they are really light and simple to install.

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Is my house ready for faux wood beams?

Possibly! As you can see in my photo here, my ceilings are vaulted which makes them a good candidate for beams. Beams will make your space appear smaller so it is recommended that you only install beams on high ceilings.

How to make faux wood beams materials:

  • 1″x6″x8′ cedar boards – total linear feet needed x 3 (Note: We wanted our main center beam to be a little thicker than the side beams so we used 1″x8″x8′ boards for the very center board at the top pitch of our ceiling.
  • sander / sandpaper
  • Quality wood stain -I used Varathane Sunbleached
  • Stain brush or cloth
  • Brad Nailer / brad nails
  • 1-3 2×4″ studs – I used about 1 ft of 2×4 for each 8′ beam
  • 3″ wood screws
  • Painter’s tape
  • Pencil
  • Saw (Miter, Chop, Circular, Jigsaw etc. will all work for this project.)

Faux Beams DIY Video:

How to make faux wood beams

  1. Remove any staples, splinters or other objects from your cedar boards.
  2. Sand each board until smooth.
  3. Stain all boards with 1-2 coats of stain (I only did 1) and try to maintain color consistency throughout.how to make faux wood beams tutorial
  4. Allow to dry.
  5. Using a brad nailer and brad nails, assemble and nail 3 boards into a 3 sided rectangular box. You can add wood glue to joints for strength, if desired.how to make faux wood beams easy tutorialHow to make Faux Wood Beams - build beam
  6. Cut 2x4s into approximately 4″ squares. To find our trusses, we used a stud finder and snapped a chalk line down where the trusses were. Next, screw 2x4x4″ boards into the trusses of your ceiling where you want to install your beams. These will act as your anchors to install the beams onto the ceiling. We placed painters tape on the sides of our anchors so when the faux wood beam is slipped over the anchor for installation, we know where to nail or screw them in. The more anchors you install, the stronger your beam will hold.How to make Faux Wood Beams - Easy tutorial
  7. Begin on one side of the wall and slip your 3-sided beam over the anchors. The painter’s tape marks will indicate where to screw (or nail if you’d like) your beams into the anchors.How to make Faux Wood Beams - tutorial
  8. Repeat for the length of your room and other beams desired. If you have a vaulted or angled ceiling, you may need to cut the ends of your beam at an angle to sit flush against the walls and ceiling. We created a wood template to make sure the angle was accurate and consistent every time. We made straps out of a thin metal material to cover all the seams. I will post a tutorial for that soon or you can purchase them at a few places online. How to make DIY Faux Wood Beams - DIY

I really love how my living room looks now with our beams! It’s amazing the difference it makes! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial for how to make faux wood beams!

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  • Reply
    July 4, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Love this! What color/stain did you use???

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    Wefbee Apk
    March 19, 2020 at 3:22 am

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    Steve Jefferson
    April 1, 2020 at 6:16 am

    Hi there,

    great tutorial! Very informative. Wondering what color did you use?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

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    April 18, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    you have great style! Love these beams. What is the floor material and stain in this room you are showing?

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    Julia Bentley
    August 27, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Hi. I’m not sure if you’ll see my post, but I’m hoping you will. Can you explain better on how you screwed the 2x4x4’s into the peak! Where are your screws that are holding the supports to the ceiling? Thanks much!

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    word unscrambler
    November 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    nice post

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