Installing Cathedral Beams (Video)

This page contains step-by-step how-to instructions on installing Faux Beams on a cathedral ceiling. You will be prepared for and guided through the installation process with a list of tools needed, easy to follow directions and tips.



The basic tools you will be needing are: blocks of wood, tape measure, painter's tape, electric screwdriver, screws, caulking gun, electric or hand saw, wood filler, chalk line, and a stud finder. Dry wall anchors may be necessary.

Measure the dimensions of the interior opening of the faux beam. Using this measurement, you will cut blocks of wood that will then be used to mount on the ceiling. We call these installation blocks. For an easier installation, we will now drill holes into the blocks for the screws. For a cathedral ceiling, we will be double layering the installation blocks, this will be giving us the necessary depth to attach the beam.

You will typically install the blocks on the ceiling every 4-5 feet. We suggest that you mark the location of the installation blocks with blue painters tape, so that you can find the blocks once the beams have been placed over the blocks.

If you need to cut the beam to the necessary length, a hand saw or electric saw will work fine. Once you have cut the beam to the necessary length, lightly sand the end of the beam to ensure a snug fit. Apply adhesive to the edge of the beam, this will ensure a secure installation. Slide the beam over the installation blocks and send a screw through the side, securing it to the mounting block. You will want to countersink the screw. Use wood filler to cover up the screws.

The beam should butt up against the ceiling nicely, however in some cases you may want to run a small line of walnut caulk between the ceiling and the beam to aid in aesthetics.

By following these simple steps you will be able to change you plain room, into a room with character and warmth.

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