Jul 112011

Modern home building techniques make it effortless to create towering cathedral ceilings – but how do you best fill all that empty space? One option is to create a wood truss with our sandblasted faux wood beams.

Truss design with faux wood beams

A faux wood truss is a stunning way to utilize the space in a cathedral ceiling

A cathedral ceilings is so-named because it resembles the stunning ceilings of classical churches and castles. These towering roofs were often held aloft with an intricate truss of wooden beams, which distributed the weight evenly to the stone and brick walls.

Although lighter, stronger building materials have eliminated the need for wooden trusses in most modern homes, it’s still a stunning look – adding a touch of history and majesty to a previously empty space.

Adding a wood truss to a modern cathedral ceiling might sound daunting, but it needn’t be. Using real wood beams would be impossible – the sheer weight of a single beam requires significant support, so a truss would need walls almost as thick as a cathedral’s!

A better option is to create your truss design with artificial wood beams – there are several different styles well suited to making trusses with. Our faux wood beams are intricately molded from real timber, so perfectly mimic the look and texture of real wood, but weigh in at under 18lbs each – making it simple and straightforward to mount them to any modern ceiling without reinforcement or bracing.

The trick to building a successful truss is planning. Check out our guide on how to build a truss with faux wood for more information. Once you’ve got a design in mind, construction is fairly straightforward. Our artificial wood beams are molded from polyurethane, which is tough and durable – but easily cut to shape and size with a regular wood saw. You can also join and install faux beams with regular screws.

This incredible ceiling truss design was created using three different sandblasted faux wood beams and matching faux wood corbels. Three-sided wood beams were using for the “chords” – the beams installed on the apex of the ceiling itself. A four-sided wood beam was using for the “king” beam and joining beams, giving the illusion of solid timber.

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