Create an open-concept closet or add farmhouse charm by learning how to install wood barn beams on a ceiling with this DIY tutorial! 
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How To Install Barn Beams On A Ceiling

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Create an open-concept closet or add farmhouse charm by learning how to install wood barn beams on a ceiling with this DIY tutorial! 

Happy Throwback Thursday! in our  French Country cottage fixer-upper, I decided to try my hand at incorporating old barn beams into the design, and I am so glad we did because I want to add a lot of authentic barm beans to our new build including headers into rooms, a kitchen sink bump out, framing our headboard wall in the master bedroom…the list goes on. 

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 the space with barn beams.

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Here was the end result!  We loved our open concept bedroom closet. It was incredibly functional.

How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Let’s talk about how we went from this – a raw wood beam recently reclaimed from a 150 year old Lancaster County barn to the framed open closet.

How To Install Wood Barn Beams On A Ceiling

Tools You Will Need:

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

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How To Install Wood Barn Beams On A Ceiling

#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 Wood Barn Beams On A Ceiling

#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 Wood Barn Beams On A Ceiling

#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 Wood Barn Beams On A Ceiling

#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 Wood Barn Beams On A Ceiling

#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

How To Install Wood Barn Beams On A Ceiling

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How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

How To Install Wood Barn Beams On A Ceiling

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How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

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Create an open-concept closet or add farmhouse charm by learning how to install wood barn beams on a ceiling with this DIY tutorial! 
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How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

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How to Install Barn Beams on a Ceiling

Ahna Fulmer // Hammers N Hugs
Create an open-concept closet or add farmhouse charm by learning how to install barn beams on a ceiling with this DIY tutorial! 
Total Time 6 hours

Equipment

  • Circular Saw
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Mallet
  • Power Drill
  • Ladder

Ingredients
  

  • star bit wood screws
  • barn beams
  • 2×4 lumber

Instructions
 

  • CUT THE BEAM TO LENGTH.
  • CUT THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BEAMS.
  • CHISEL OUT THE CENTER OF THE BEAM.  
  • ANCHOR 2×4’S TO THE CEILING.
  • SECURE THE BARN BEAM TO THE 2×4’S.  
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