Using a Box Beam to Conceal Pipes

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  • 4-12 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-300
What You'll Need
Work gloves
Safety Goggles
Tape measure
Wood glue
Nail gun

Box beams are an aesthetic way to conceal unattractive pipes or cables that run across your ceiling. They make your ceiling look interesting and break the monotony of the uniform, plain look. The following steps explain how to use box beams to cover the unpleasant aspects of your ceiling.

Safety and Other Precautions

Wear safety glasses and gloves to protect your eyes and hands while using the nail gun. When mounting the beams, take care not to scrape the ceiling or damage the pipes. The edges of the box beam should not press hard against the pipes. The height of your box beam should easily accommodate the thickness of the pipes.

Step 1 - Structural Decisions

Measure the dimensions of the ceiling of the room in which you wish to install the wooden beams. Decide the number of beams and the space between each. Next, measure the dimensions of the pipes that run over the ceiling. Doing so will help you to determine the height of the beam from the ceiling. It is a good idea to take multiple measurements until you are sure about the accuracy of the dimensions.

Step 2 - Choosing Material for Your Box Beam

Select the wooden pieces for the beams from a local lumberyard store. Let your measurements and the theme of your room guide you. You can choose a type of wood that will blend with your interiors as well as a stain or varnish.

Step 3 - Build

Every box beam that you construct consists of three wooden pieces of the same dimensions. Assemble the pieces. Use wood glue and screws to secure. Verify that the dimensions of the beam are exact according to your measurements. If required, grind the ends of the beam so that they fit perfectly between the two walls. You can stain the wooden beams to either match or to complement the colors of your room or ceiling.

Step 4: Mounting the Beams on the Ceiling

You will need another person to help you mount the beam end to end on the ceiling. Using cleats can make the job easier. The length of the beam will determine how many cleats you need, but in general, four should be enough. Attach the beam to the cleats with the help of a nail gun.