DECORATIVE IMITATION WOOD BEAMS: A type of decoration that is much appreciated in some environments and that is being recovered is that of the wooden beams exposed on the ceiling. However, not all houses have this type of structural elements and adding them is an expensive process.

For this reason, many people choose to place beams in imitations of wood, usually made of high density polyurethane, which imitate wood, achieving a similar effect without the need for works. They also have a much lower cost and also a much lower need for maintenance.

In addition to polyurethane, it is common to find polystyrene beams.

This type of decoration is an excellent way to add style and charm in houses with high ceilings. However, they are not the best option when it comes to low ceilings. We could create a feeling of oppression, in addition to being simulated beams, and because they are more susceptible to being hit because they are closer to the ground, they can be more easily damaged.

Imitation wood beams can be found at hundreds of textures and colors. It is sold in different thicknesses, usually 5, 10 and 15 centimeters, with the most frequent length being 2 meters. For sections where the beam does not end when it hits the wall, you can purchase the finials or dogs.

Ideas for decorative imitation wood beams

These types of beams that imitate wood cannot be used only for ceilings. There are those who use them also for door frames, either to hide defects in the original frame, or as a strategy to remodel a door.

Another common option that is often used to achieve such an effect is to use light and cheap wooden planks, usually pine or spruce, which are aged with some treatment and then fixed to the ceiling. It is an intermediate solution from the point of view of installation and price for ceiling decoration.

For those who are not looking for such a rustic look, it is possible to paint, strip. In this way, it will continue to look like wood, but with a more modern look.

Installation of decorative beams

exist two ways place these beams on the ceiling, using wooden dowels or directly with adhesive.


  • Subway.
  • Adhesive.
  • Dough for filling.
  • Stairs.
  • Drill.
  • Lag screws and plastic plugs.
  • Wooden pegs with click system

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Method 1: with wooden pegs

  1. With the help of the meter, we track the future location of the beams.
  2. Every approximately 70 cm we will fix a wooden block to the ceiling with the help of the drill, lag screw and plastic blocks.
  3. We will fit each beam piece to the ceiling using the plug and beam fitting system.
  4. We will use the filler for imperfections: joints and unevenness of the ceiling in relation to the beam.

Method 2: Directly with adhesive

  1. Clean the impurity ceiling thoroughly to ensure that the adhesive works.
  2. Plot the position that the beams will occupy.
  3. Glue them directly with the adhesive.
  4. As in the previous method, we will use putty for imperfections.

It is recommended not to install this type of decorative beam outside.