Ceiling Beams Within A Tray Ceiling

Ceiling Beams Installed Within A Tray Ceiling

Many of our customers have inquired about installing Beadboard Ceilings in their homes. This look is reminiscent of the style and décor you would find on the ceilings of tropical coastal homes and cottages. While it can be used as a formal architectural enhancement, it is most often seen in Kitchens, Conservatories, and Sun Rooms.


For those of you considering building a Beadboard Ceiling, here's what we recommend. There are four distinct components and steps that make up a Beadboard Beamed Ceiling:

1. The tray, coffered, or inset ceiling. Seeing as how most rooms have bulkheads or irregular shapes, we recommend that you start by first squaring off the room by building a drywall inset as shown in the photo and line drawing. We suggest a depth of 8" leaving a slight reveal from the bottom of the beam to the bottom of the tray. depending on your preference and the size of the room, divide the tray into equal sections (six shown, pot lights optional).


beadboard_plank.jpg 2. Select the Beadboard. Planks or Sheets -- Elite offers two Beadboard options, choosing the right one is entirely dependant on the size of your room and the size of the Squares/Coffers you are looking to do. Choose between our Beadboard Sheets or better still our Deep-Beaded Beadboard Planks The planks offer the most versatility, they are easy to ship and can be cut into any square. Planks are easier to work with as compared to large boards.

3. The Wood Beam Assembly. This is what sets your project apart. Needless to say, the beams can be any height or width. You make your beams on-site or order from us. They hide the joints on the sheets or planks. Our pre-milled Ceiling Beams make it easy. Our Beamed ceiling beams are made from MDF. Ours is a pre-milled system that is simple to figure out and simple to install with the use of a few basic tools.


4. Finishing the edges of the beadboard where it meets the beams can be done in a variety of ways which include Crown Moldings, Shoe Molding or Quarter Round; once again, this choice will depend on the size and depth of the coffer beams. We offer a variety of different options for each.
After laying out the room, you would screw precut nailing blocks made from 2 by 4 framing lumber (not included) to the ceiling, you then nail or screw the beams into these blocks to hold the system up. The pre-cut beams are sold in 8-foot sections.