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Beam Layouts

Lightweight and easy to install, faux wood beams offer a flexibility in design that solid wood beams can't match. Homeowners can use them to create almost any layout that best suits their home's architecture and decor.

Below are five popular beam layouts that will upgrade the look of your kitchen, bedroom, living room and more.
Custom Heritage Beams in a kitchen

Simple, elegant. Installing beams in parallel lines is one of the more straightforward configurations, but it goes a long way in making a flat ceiling stand out.

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The beams are beautiful and really add to our rustic Tuscan kitchen. It actually makes the kitchen feel even larger and complements our custom wine chandelier. 
-- Lou, Orange County, CA

Ridge and Rafters
Great room with Custom Timber beams
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This popular layout is used on vaulted or cathedral ceilings, emulating the look of structural beams with a "ridge" (the horizontal beam in the center) and "rafters" (the sloping beams extending out from the ridge).

Perfect for the family room's vaulted ceiling. Real beams were NOT an option because of extreme weight and this is a remodel. Hired a contractor to put them up, and they look like the real thing! -- Tracy, Sedona, Arizona

These beams are amazing. My wife and I installed these on a 19 foot high cathedral ceiling...very easy to install and the end result was just awesome. Now I can't wait to show them off! #totallyimpressed. -- AP, Illinois


A coffered ceiling will give a plain ceiling more depth and character. One method of creating a coffered ceiling is criss-crossing beams in a grid or "waffle" pattern -- a layout that is fast and easy to create with faux beams.

These beams blow away real wood beams or constructing a coffered ceiling out of dry wall and moulding. We have 2 neighbors who constructed coffered ceilings the old fashioned way. One did it himself and it took over one month to complete. The other contracted someone to construct it and it cost FIVE times as much! -- Nicole

Living room with Custom Driftwood Beams

Heritage beam dividing a kitchen_living room
If you have an open floor plan, a single beam provides a nice dividing element to transition from one area to another without closing in the space.

We recently upgraded our rental villa with a Rustic Tuscany theme. We installed a 14-ft Custom Heritage Beam in Light Oak across the cased opening between the living room and kitchen. My husband and I were very impressed at how quick and easy it was to screw into the existing wall, and the results were so dramatic, it changed the whole feel of the room! -- Shari, Branson, MO
Suspended beams on a bedroom_s tray ceiling

Faux beams are so lightweight, they can be hung suspended across any type of ceiling without extra structural support.

The photo above shows how customer Kevin suspended two beams across the tray ceiling in his master bedroom.

I could not be happier with how awesome these beams look! They look and feel like real wood, but at a fraction of the weight. The look I wanted to achieve was done at a very affordable price without a single modification to the structure.


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We recently had the Rough Hewn beams in Java installed in our home. We have a Mediterranean style home and always wanted wood beams on our ceilings. Since our home was already constructed and our ceiling design could not accommodate real wood beams, we researched faux wood beams. Our installer found these easy to install and did the entire ceiling in one day. They look amazing and no one will ever have any idea that they are faux wood.
-- MB, Colorado

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