Asked on Aug 22, 2019

Has anyone ever installed faux ceiling joists?



Has anyone ever installed faux ceiling joists? Not beams, but joists.

3 answers
  • Seth
    on Aug 25, 2019

    Are you spanning an open distance between two walls, following the pitch of a cathedral ceiling, or running them along the existing ceiling? The easiest way to do it is with decorative ceiling beam hangers, clips, or brackets, which can be metal or wood. They are not cheap, but look nice and are not terribly difficult to install. If you are using small lumber and not spanning long distances, you might be able to use some type of bracket or hanger off the shelf of the big box stores. Since the joists are not structural, you do not need to open up the ceiling drywall and tie them into the existing wall/rafter framing. You could if that's the look you want, but it's much more work. You'll want to secure them to wall studs and or ceiling joists, but if that spacing is not what you want, then heavy drywall anchors will work. A 12 foot 2x6 is about 25 pounds so make sure the anchors you use are rated for the weight of the length and width of the joists you plan on using. If you are running them along the ceiling, you may need to install trim along either side of the joist to cover gaps because your ceiling is probably not perfectly flat and neither is the joist.

    • D
      on Aug 25, 2019

      Thank you. You confirmed what I was thinking.

  • Seth
    on Aug 25, 2019

    You are welcome. Good luck with your project.

  • Kmdreamer
    on Aug 28, 2019

    If your talking about the kind that holds up a drop ceiling then those need to be hung with wire.

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