Basic Installation of Faux Wood Beams™

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Tools and Supplies You'll Need

To complete your project you will at least need these basic tools:

  1. Tape measure
  2. Screw gun
  3. Stud finder
  4. Chalk line
  5. High Quality or Battery-powered Caulk Gun (recommended)
  6. PL Premium Advanced 8X Construction Adhesive (GL-PL8X)
  7. Screws
  8. Mollies (if necessary)
  9. Ladder (if necessary)
  10. Saw
  11. Blocks of wood
  12. Caulk / Wood Filler
  13. Painters Tape


These directions will teach you how to install faux wood beams.

1.) Measure inside dimensions of a beam.

2.) Cut blocks of wood (not supplied) to fit the inside dimension of the beam.

3.) Lay out on ceiling where you want the beams to be installed (blue painter's tape is helpful for this step).

Or a chalk string line is helpful to position the blocks of wood in a straight line on the ceiling.

4.) Use a stud finder to locate where to anchor blocks of wood on ceiling. Mark where there is a good spot for mounting.

5.) If studs/joists are not where you want the beams to go, you may need to use mollies / anchors to attach the blocks of wood on the ceiling.

6.) Starting within 2 feet of the side walls, attach the blocks of wood every 3-6 feet.

Align the blocks of wood with the chalk lines. It is preferable to mount them where the studs / joists are found. If it is not the case, use mollies as needed.

7.) Before measuring or cutting, we highly recommend that you let the beams sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours so they can acclimate to the temperature of the room. It's best to cut them a little long so they will be tight when installed in place between your walls.

8.) Check the cut size by dry fitting the beam in place.

9.) Use PL Premium Construction Adhesive Poly or Liquid Nails Poly (follow directions on the tube) on the top edges of the beam where it will be touching the ceiling.

10.) Slide the beam in place over the blocks of wood. Push it tightly to the ceiling.

11.) Use screws through the beam and into the blocks of wood on both sides of the beam and on all of the blocks of wood.

Countersink the screws slightly.

The screws hold the beams in place while the glue dries.

12.) Clean off any excess adhesive that may have squeezed out between the ceiling and the beam.

Install the rest of the beams the same way.

13.) Caulk the ends of the beams where they meet the walls (if necessary).

Fill in the screw holes with colored wood filler.

You are done!

Important! Any Woodland, Tuscany, Rough Hewn, Beachwood, Custom Rough Sawn, Timber, and Sandblasted Beams, Planks and/or Corbels intended to be used in an exterior application needs to be top coated with a high quality clear coat exterior polyurethane with a UV inhibitor to protect the stain from fading.

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