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What are styrofoam faux beams used for?

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Designers use styrofoam faux beams to add a decorative element to interior or exterior spaces or cover an unsightly structural or building element to make it appear more pleasing. Manufacturers create U-shaped styrofoam beams that can cover pipes or wires that are along the ceiling or wall. Designers can use box beams as post wraps or to create completely decorative elements around beds or other features.

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Some designers use faux wood beams to create the appearance of rustic exposed ceiling beams without the weight and cost of salvaged wood, complementing a certain period-style space. Faux wood beams can also draw the eyes upward when installed on a cathedral ceiling. People who enjoy farmhouse-style spaces may also want to install faux beams in their homes. Designers can also use faux beams to create the appearance of a rustic wood-framed doorway.

Styrofoam beams provide no structural benefit, so even though they look like wood, they cannot support any weight. They may or may not use fire-rated resin. These beams are available with different faux wood finishes and in straight and arched styles. Some styrofoam beams have a cap or another decorative element at the end of each beam. Their biggest advantages are their cost and ease of installation when compared to real wood.

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