Remove the faux beams for a fresh palette for your next home decor project.

How to Remove Foam Beams From a Ceiling

by Eric Jonas

If you’ve grown tired of your foam beam ceiling or you’ve renovated or redecorated the room and now the ceiling just doesn’t blend in with the decor, you can make way for a new ceiling project by removing the beams. The process resembles working backward through the installation process. While you can take on the job all by yourself, it's helpful to have an assistant available throughout the project for an extra set of hands.

Move as much of the furniture and decor accents out of the room as possible and cover the floor in the room with drop cloths. Cover any objects remaining in the room to protect them from dust and debris.

Wear safety glasses and a dust mask as you remove the foam beams from the ceiling to protect your eyes and lungs from dust and debris, and from splinters from the wood beneath the foam.

Move a ladder beneath one end of the first beam in the room. Use a screwdriver to remove the fasteners attaching the foam beams to the wood beneath. When the foam beams were installed, a wood beam was attached to the ceiling first and then covered with the foam beams. If the fasteners are secured with nails, use a claw hammer to remove them instead.

Move along the length of the beam, removing the screws or nails that are fastening the beams to the wood base. If the foam beams were also secured with glue or another adhesive in the installation process, the beam will not fall down as you work. However, if no glue was used, it will fall as you remove the fasteners.

Insert a small pry bar beneath one edge of the foam beam and pull gently to detach the beam from any glue or adhesive between the foam and the wood base. When you have loosened the beam from some of the adhesive, pull downward on the beam to remove it from the ceiling. It's possible it might break into pieces as you pry and pull. Don't worry; just drop the piece and continue onto the next.

Return to your starting point when you have removed the foam beams if you wish to remove the wood base, too. The base is secured with anchor screws; just unscrew these to remove the wood. Work carefully because the base is not secured with glue and will fall to the floor when you have removed the screws.

Clean up the ceiling by scraping off any small foam pieces and adhesive with a putty knife. Apply an adhesive remover according to the manufacturer's instructions to remove residue left by the glue. Remove the drop cloths from the room carefully to avoid spreading dust and debris and vacuum up to remove the last trace of mess.

Items you will need

  • Drop cloths
  • Ladder
  • Safety goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Screwdriver
  • Claw hammer
  • Small pry bar
  • Putty knife
  • Adhesive remover
  • Vacuum
  • Safety glasses
  • Dust mask


  • Candice Olson Family Spaces; Candice Olson
  • Repair and Renovate: Ceilings and Walls; Julian Cassell, et al.

About the Author

Eric Jonas has been writing in small-business advertising and local community newsletters since 1998. Prior to his writing career, he became a licensed level II gas technician and continues to work in the field, also authoring educational newsletters for others in the business. Jonas is currently a graduate student with a Bachelor of Arts in English and rhetoric from McMaster University.

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