Our stunningly realistic beams look great on ceilings, but did you know they also can be used as faux wood column wraps? More professional designers and homeowners are discovering this as a great design option.
Back in high school, my English teacher used to tell me: “Sometimes, you need to look at things from a different angle.” And that’s the basis of this blog post – which literally turns the concept of faux beams on its head, by demonstrating another innovative way they can be used in both exterior and interior design.
The principle is simple – many structural columns are made from sturdy, but unattractive material like concrete or steel. A ‘column wrap’ is a hollow container which surrounds the less-than-sexy structural column and gives it a beautiful new look. In fact, our sister-site FauxPanels.com has a whole range of stone and brick column wraps designed to do exactly that.
Faux beams are hollow and u-shaped with with a removable 4th side to make installation possible and ensure complete 360 degree coverage.
The first step is to measure the space needed to house the structural column you want to conceal. For steel beams this can be just a matter of inches, whereas for wooden or cement beams it might be much thicker. You then need to order a faux beam that will comfortably accommodate that circumference inside the hollow interior. Fortunately you can purchase our beams in a number of widths, heights and depths and our customer care team will help you make the appropriate purchase.
Next, you need to order the beam in the correct length. We always recommend ordering the beam slightly longer than needed, as you can cut it to size with a regular wood saw to ensure a flush fit at both ends.
When it comes to the actual installation, there are various schools of thought. On FauxPanels.com, our column wraps are often installed over a simple wooden frame made over the original structural column. This ensures that there is a solid connection between the column and the wrap, meaning the faux surface won’t twist or move. Other people use smell lengths of wood at the base and top to ‘slot’ the beam around, and ensure it doesn’t twist that way. A third way is to use molding around the top and base of the beam on the exterior, to achieve the same goal.
In any event, the end result will be a column that resembles a length of study wooden timber. Not only is this much more attractive than an steel or cement column, but it’s also the sort of aesthetic that would be impossible to achieve by using the ‘real thing.’ Faux wood is also made from a weatherproof polyurethane material that can be installed outside without worry of it rotting, cracking or fading over time. And little to no maintenance!
We’re always surprised and impressed when we discover customers coming up with new and innovative ways to use our products – and the idea of turning beams into columns is one of our favorites. It’s simple, elegant and looks fantastic – and works so well you’d almost think our beams were designed for it!