Ceiling beams: DIY Guide for beginners

by Bill and Aby Brooks, REALTORS® 02/18/2024

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If you've always wanted the contemporary and rustic aesthetic of exposed ceiling beams, DIY is a viable option. You can create your own faux wood ceiling beams in your choice of stain, paint color or finish.

If you're interested in trying faux ceiling beams in your own home, here is some of the most important information to know:

Consider installing faux beams

There are many types of wood beams you can use for this project depending on the aesthetic you're going for. You can use reclaimed barn wood, veneered plywood or authentic hardwood like oak or cherry.

However, for ease of installation, you might also consider ready-made faux beams made from high density foam. Some companies specialize in manufacturing these beams to mimic the appearance of real wood with a fraction of the weight and installation effort.

Materials & tools needed

Your choice of materials will depend on whether you go for hardwood, plywood or faux wood beams. However, these are the basic tools you'll need for the project:

  • Woodworking tools.
  • Belt sander.
  • Ladder.
  • Drill driver.
  • Table saw or track saw.
  • Wood glue.
  • Construction screws.
  • Stain or finishing supplies.


One of the biggest advantages of a DIY project is that you'll save money on supplies and labor. This is true even for more complicated projects like these. However, depending on the size of the ceiling space and your choice of materials, the project can still cost anywhere from $300 to $ 7,000.

At the higher end of the scale, you can expect quality installation by a trained professional using top-notch materials and methods.


If you decide to DIY faux beams in your home, safety is extremely important. Always wear protective equipment and have somebody assist you when working on a ladder. When installing wood beams, you'll need to hold heavy materials over your head, so make sure you have head protection and measures in place to prevent accidents.

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Adding ceiling beams to a room can instantly transform the entire aesthetic of the space. Whether you prefer the industrial, farmhouse, rustic or contemporary styles of design, installing faux beams is a simple and affordable way to achieve it.

About the Author

Bill and Aby Brooks, REALTORS®

Aby’s understanding of excellent customer service stems from her extensive professional background. Prior to earning her real estate license in 2005, along with her college degree that focuses on business and engineering, Aby was the head of purchasing, inventory and quality assurance for an OEM medical and aerospace manufacturing company. Known by her clients and fellow realtors for her tenacity, honesty, integrity, and attention to detail, as a full-time realtor, she is also appreciated for her quick response to her client’s needs. Aby has been an avid horse rider and owner since the age of eight, with her husband Billas a local firefighter/EMT they are very active within the community. Bill served as a US Army Airborne Ranger in 75th Ranger Regiment, he is a combat-wounded veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart. Bill's background as facility Manager for an International metals company and as a firefighter/EMT gives him the experience, attention to detail and the desire to go above and beyond to serve his customers. The Brooks' serve on the board of a local non-profit (501c3) that gives back to the veterans, first responders and their families. The Brooks family resides on their small ranch in Manatee County. Aby& Bill excel in all types of real estate and their passion is helping people. “We genuinely like people, growing up in Sarasota and Manatee counties and now raising our own family here, it is an absolute pleasure to share our growing area with newcomers and reminisce with longtime residents. Our area has so much to offer and it is our business to help folks buy and sell their own piece of paradise.”