Wood beams are becoming one of the hottest trends in home building and renovations. Why? First of all, exposed wood beams are the perfect accent for your ceiling. Most of us don’t think much about our ceilings except for our light fixtures. However, installing faux wood beams can give any room in your home a complete makeover. If you’ve ever considered having wood beams install, you know that they’re expensive. Not only do these beams cost thousands of dollars, but the weight makes them nearly impossible to install yourself. That’s where faux beams come into play. These beams give you the beautiful wood accents you’re looking for at a fraction of the price. They’re more lightweight, making installation a breeze for almost anyone. Finally, the materials are more durable than real wood and are resistant to warping or becoming damaged by insects. What’s not to love?
It all sounds great, of course, but what if I told you that you could be kicking back in your living room, enjoying the beauty of your faux wood beams in just 48 hours? It’s completely possible, even for the beginner. When you have a free weekend and you’re ready to update the look of your home, dig into these five steps that will help make the installation of your wood beams easy as 1-2-3.
1. Gather All of Your Supplies
Nothing can make a DIY project go down the drain faster than not being prepared. You don’t want to get started and then realize that you’re missing crucial supplies. Before you even get started with the installation, make sure that you have all of the supplies that you need. Most of your supplies can be purchased at your local home improvement store. Generally, you will need the following items for your installation:
- Faux wood beams
- Wood blocks
- Circular saw
- Construction adhesive
- Screams and anchors
- Stud finder
- Painters tape
- Tape measure
Of course, you may require additional tools and materials for your installation. Contact your faux wood beam retailer for more information.
2. Let Your Beams Sit
If you’ve just received your wood beams, you may be anxious to get them installed. It’s understandable—beams can give your home a fresh new look. However, you need to make sure you wait at least 24 hours before installing. Make sure that the beams are placed in the room where they will be installed while you wait. Why? Like real wood, the materials in faux wood can expand or shrink depending on the climate and temperature. Make sure the beams are fully acclimated before installation
3. Take Time When Taking Measurements
Because you want to finish up your project in just two days, you may be tempted to cut corners any way you can. While there are some ways that you can save time, you should never be hasty when taking your measurements. Whether you’re measuring wood blocks that are used to support the beams or cutting the beam itself, you should always make sure to be careful with your measurements. Speeding through this step can result in inaccurate measurements. At best, you’ll have to waste time measuring and cutting all over again, adding more time to your timeline. At worst, your installation may not be safe. Take a few extra minutes to make sure everything is measured correctly.
4. Lay Out a Template First
Templates are designed to make life easier. When installing beams, you don’t want to just line up the beam on a blank ceiling and hope for the best, right? Instead, you want to know exactly where everything is going. To create your template, use a stud finder to find studs. You want to always make sure to install your beams using the studs in your home. No studs around? Make sure that you’re using anchors to keep them safely in place. You can mark areas on your ceiling with a pencil so you know exactly where the studs are located. Next, take your measurements from earlier and use painter’s tape to mask out the exact positioning of your beams. This way, you can determine if everything is lined up the way you want it to be before installation. While this may seem to be a longer process, taking the time to do it right will save time in the long run.
5. Move On to the Finishing Touches
When installing your beams, make sure that you use at least two screws per side to keep them securely in place. Next, make sure to caulk the ends of the beams and apply matching wood filler to hide the screws to give your installed beams a perfectly polished and professional look.
It’s really that easy, which is why faux beams are growing in popularity. Although installation of these beams can be quick and easy, it’s also important to note that safety should always come first. Never take shortcuts that could put your home or yourself in danger. Take the time to do everything right, and by the end of the weekend, you’ll be enjoying the look of your new room.