How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Learn how to install barn beams on a ceiling with this DIY tutorial! 

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

In our  French Country cottage fixer upper, I decided to try my hand at incorporating old barn beams into the design.  One of the places I used barn beams was our master bedroom.

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

I wanted to open up the standard double closet with bi-fold doors into the rest of the bedroom and create an open concept closet design by framing out the space with barn beams.

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Here was the end result!  The final reveal will come next week, but for now, let’s talk about how to install barn beams on a ceiling!  In this case we used the same technique to install the barn beams on the walls as well.

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Tools You Will Need:

  • Circular saw
  • Chain saw
  • 2×4 lumber
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Drill
  • Star bit wood screws
  • Ladder

 

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Step #1: Cut the beam to length.

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

The first step is to cut the beam to the length and thickness that you want.  The less cuts you need to make with the circular saw the better!

 

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Step #2: Cut the underside of the beams.

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

How to Install Barn Beams o a Ceiling

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Run your circular saw lengthwise down the center of the beam in 1/2 inch to 1 inch strips.  Leave approximately 1-2 inches uncut on either side.  Make sure the opening will be wide enough to recess a 2×4 or whatever lumber you are anchoring your beam to!  It will ultimately form a U when you are finished with step #3.

 

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Step #3:  Chisel out the center of the beam.  

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Here is where you want a sharp chisel, your hammer, good working gloves, and a healthy dose of patience.  Just think the last time these beams were installed they didn’t even have electric tools!

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Remember the U shape needs to be big enough to recess a 2 x 4 or whatever lumber you will be anchoring it to the ceiling with.

 

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Step #4: Anchor 2×4’s to the ceiling.

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Unfortunately in our closet project somehow I missed taking a picture of this step, so I am borrowing a picture from Jenna Sue Design to show you what I am talking about.   In this kitchen they are showing you how to create a faux barn beam which is also a great option and much easier to customize to your preferred size, stain etc.  The concept, however, is the same.  See the 1×4 they have running across the ceiling?  That is what we did with the 2×4 across the top of our closet ceiling.  Anchor the 2×4 with star bit wood screws and make sure to hit studs!  The 2×4 then recesses into the U of the beam that was notched out.

 

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Step #5: Secure the barn beam to the 2×4’s.  

This is a close up of the star bit wood screws.  We used these on the ceiling beam and the wall beams.  You screw them directly into the barn beam and then drive it into the 2×4’s you have anchored to the ceiling.

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

You can certainly add other beams as you want.  We added a vertical beam to in the center of the closet, but this was only decorative so as to visually split the closet in half for a “his and hers” side.

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

I can’t wait to show you this open-concept closet final reveal!!  Stay tuned!

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How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

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