Oak Covers Add Character


Andy approached Oak by Design back in July 2017 after seeing their website.

He had recently purchased a characterful barn conversion in a pretty village in Lincolnshire.

Within the large living area, there were 2 existing beams running across the ceiling, which were in Andy’s words ‘very small’. They measured approximately 70mm x 70mm but were 4.6m long so they needed to look a little chunkier.  They required an oak cover, designed and made to measure.

Although the barn had been recently converted there was still a traditional feel to the home. The oak covers needed to match to an old beam that was already in the room above the fireplace.

oak covers
oak covers

The Result

After looking at various photo’s of oak covers on the Oak by Design website, Andy decided on the type of finish he wanted. Once decided, a couple of samples were produced in 2 different wax finishes and an oil finish and sent to Andy in the post.

The oak covers were finished at 150mm x 150mm. They were brushed for texture, flamed and had small knocks and dents applied to give some ageing.  Andy then decided on the oil to give a subtle matt finish.

To finish them, black straps were fitted at approximately 400mm in from each end.

Andy also had a short area of exposed pipes which had been plasterboarded in the past. He wanted to remove the plasterboard and then cover the pipes with the same finish oak as the covers.

This was made to the same finish and what was once a boring pipe box is now a feature!

As Andy couldn’t get into the Oak by Design showroom in York to clarify the finish, he appreciated the help he received in finalising the shaping, finish and final colour.

‘They look fantastic. The photo’s don’t do them justice”.

Andy very kindly reviewed Oak by Design on both Google and Houzz – See links below.


oak covers
oak covers