Fake Wood Beam Styles in Homes

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Fake Wood Beam Styles in Homes
Fake wood beams bring warmth to any room. (lamp image by martini from Fotolia.com)

Wooden beams bring a rustic charm to any room. Whether it's a soaring cathedral ceiling or a low cellar, wooden beams exude a sense of warmth and enduring sturdiness. Installing wooden beams is not always possible in modern construction or with home renovations in particular. Fake wood beams provide a viable solution when a 12x12 wooden beam is out of the question.


Construction technology has created increasingly stronger materials at lower costs. Using steel girders or engineered wood joists encased in fake wood beams will provide you with the look you want and the stability you need at a price you can afford. You will also find polyurethane fake wood beam materials easier to work with, as they are much less cumbersome than heavy wooden products. You can cut fake wood beams on site to fit your specific design needs. That fake wood beams are hollow is an added benefit, as this allows you to run electrical and other wiring, giving you the option to install pot lights and home theatre speakers.

Cathedral Ceilings

Fake wood beams have their most dramatic effect in cathedral ceilings. Running the beams as straight joists along the ceiling's surface or creating a more dramatic and realistic triangle truss system will give your cathedral ceiling added depth and charm. Using an adequate ladder or scaffolding, you can heighten your home's wow-factor over the course of a few days.

Finished Basements

When finishing your basement, why not give your new living space the feel of a turn-of-the-century warehouse. Hide steel girders and support poles quickly and easily by encasing them in a fake wood beam. Fake wood beams can also be used as a decorative accent along your basement ceiling, giving it a more authentic air. Polyurethane products are also much softer than drywall or wood, making them softer on the heads of your taller guests.

Wall Treatments

Girders and supports are not the only place where you can use fake wood beams to give your home a rustic feel. Barn boards and plaster can be used to create a Tudor-style wall treatment. Use rough pine planks vertically and diagonally on any wall to give the look of wooden beam supports, plastering in uneven strokes between the boards for a distressed appearance.

Fireplace Mantles

Add some extra display space on your stone or brick fireplace by installing a fake wood beam across it. A fake wood beam will have the look of being embedded in your fireplace, while the wood grains will warm up the feel of cold stone. Showing off family portraits on your new mantle will give your room the charm of a bygone era.

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