Installing Real Wood Box Beams

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Installing ceiling beams is easy!

Most of our box beams can be handled by two people. You might need a third helper for our larger box beams.

Step 1.

Decide on the placement of your beams. Remember, you may have objects on your ceiling that hinder exact placement, such as lights, fans, AC vents, smoke detectors, fire sprinklers, etc. Always take these objects and spacing into consideration before starting your installation.

Step 2.

Measure and mark the center of each beam on the ceiling. Snap a chalk line from mark to mark. This will give you a line from one side of the ceiling to the other, to place your supports.

Step 3.

You should use 2" x 3" or 2" x 4" bevel cut blocks to fit the inner space of your beam. You should use 1 block for every 3 feet to 4 feet of beam (depending on the size of the beams you are installing). The blocks are best held in place with toggle bolts and construction adhesive. Drill holes in the ceiling along the chalk line using a drill bit. Then put your toggle bolts through a hole drilled directly in the center of your blocks. Place the construction adhesive on the back of the block and then tighten your blocks as tightly as you can without pulling them through the drywall.

Step 4.
Measure and cut your beam to length. Place a thin bead of construction adhesive along the edge of the beam, then place the wood beam over your blocks and nail each side of the beam into the blocks with deck screws. The deck screws should be about 2 inches long. (Note: We recommend the use of deck screws as the thread pattern is made to go through finer, more tightly grained woods without splitting them and reduces the chance of any damage to the surface.)