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How Far Apart Should Ceiling Beams Be?

How Far Apart Should Ceiling Beams Be?

Ceiling beam spacing is all about personal preference, but there are some suggestions for how to best space your beams to achieve your desired look:

  • Ceiling beams are typically spaced between two feet and eight feet apart.
  • The most common ceiling beam spacing is four feet apart.
  • Ceiling beam spacing is a matter of preference so there's no right or wrong answer!

Ceiling Beam Spacing: What You Need to Know

Ceiling beams add character and atmosphere to any room. Whether you're wanting to achieve a classic, modern, or rustic look, the addition of ceiling beams can bring out the best features of your home.

Ceiling beams come in a wide range of colors and finishes. Once you've settled on your preferred style, you'll need to turn your attention to the size and spacing of your ceiling beams.

How Far Apart Should Ceiling Beams Be?

There's no single answer to this question but it's possible to look at what the majority of customers do and then figure out what will work best for you. Ceiling beams also come in a range of sizes, and the size of your beams may impact the spacing you choose.

  • The most common size for ceiling beams is six inches wide by six inches high.
  • Many people with lower ceilings choose beams that are four inches high.
  • The typical range for ceiling beam spacing is anywhere between two feet apart from one another up to eight feet apart.
  • The most common ceiling beam spacing is four feet apart.
  • Shorter spacing will give your ceiling an attractive patterned look, creating a real focal point.
  • Wider spacing will make your beams look light and airy, almost as if they are structural, supporting the ceiling.

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Where Should Ceiling Beams Start on My Ceiling?

The next question is where to start your ceiling beams. You might not have given this much thought yet so to help you get started, you can consider these two choices.

Ceiling Beams Against Your Walls

Place your first and last beams right up against the wall on each side of the ceiling to create a tidy, enclosed effect. Note that when a beam butts up against a wall, only two sides are visible – so you can save money by ordering L-headers that match your other beams.

Another option is to use half-width L-headers to make it look as if half of the beam is embedded in the wall, like a true timber-framed house.

Ceiling Beams Away From Your Walls

Place your first and last beams some distance away from your walls to create a more expansive look. You could make sure the spacing is equal between the walls and each one of your beams, or have a shorter distance between the walls and your first and last beams.

Trends in Ceiling Beam Design

The best thing about ceiling beams is their versatility. They can help a room appear vintage, exuding an old-world style, or modern and contemporary. Here are a few trends to keep in mind when deciding on your ideal ceiling beam spacing.

Exposed Ceiling Beams

It used to be that people wanted to cover up all the fixtures and fittings so a ceiling looked like one smooth plane. Nowadays, people like to show how things work.

So whether you're uncovering existing beams or installing new beams, your exposed ceiling beams will fit right in with current day trends!

Coffered Ceilings

A coffered ceiling is when you place wooden beams and other decorative features in such a way that they form an even grid across your entire ceiling.

The classic version of coffered ceilings often featured white-painted beams on a white ceiling, or perhaps some subdued creams and grays. But you could use natural wood beams and bold colors on your ceiling to achieve a very modern look.

Ceiling Trusses

If you have any vaulted ceilings, the supportive ceiling trusses may or may not be highly visible. Some people prefer to hide the trusses or paint them in the same color as the ceiling so they are unobtrusive.

But why not turn your  ceiling trusses into a design statement? Just add real wood or faux wood beams to enhance the height and lines of your ceiling.

Wood Corbels

To make your ceiling beams pop, consider adding decorative wood corbels to connect your beams to your walls with a flourish.  Corbels are available in many different styles and colors so you can easily match them to other patterns and designs found in your home.

Floating Mantel

Once you've installed your ceiling beams, you might want to come up with ways to tie the beams in with the rest of your room. A floating mantel can turn your fireplace or a key piece of furniture into a beautiful and practical focal point.

For best results, order a  mantel that matches the texture and color of your ceiling beams.

Wood Beams vs. Faux Wood Beams

Like everything these days, ceiling beams are available in a range of both traditional and contemporary materials. Solid wood beams may look nice but will cost more and need more effort to install. It might help to base your decision on whether you have a new or old home.

Historic Homes

If you have a historic home, the best practice is to use the same kind of solid wood as other features in your home. If the original type of wood is no longer available, you could at least try to find materials with a similar color and grain.

Modern Homes

In a modern home, you have no restrictions and you might like to explore box beams, which are hollow and can be made of wood or faux wood. Box ceiling beams have several advantages over solid wood beams.

  • Box ceiling beams are lighter so they cost less to buy and ship.
  • Because they're lightweight, they're much easier to install.
  • You can choose from a wide variety of colors and grains.
  • You can use box beams to run wires and cords for your lighting and sound systems around your home for a streamlined look.

Ready to Select the Best Ceiling Beams for Your Home?

Faux wood ceiling beams provide amazing value for your money. They're easy to install and can add instant charm and personality to your favorite rooms.

Best of all, they come in a wide range of colors, finishes, and styles to suit absolutely every type of home. Click below to see which ceiling beams will suit your home!

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