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Barrel Ceiling Ideas for Your Next Project


Barrel Vault Ceilings are extremely popular because they can be added to almost any room. The rise of a barrel can be adjusted to create a half circle, elliptical or a soft appearance. What does this mean? Well, basically you can adjust the overall height of the barrel to fit your room. For example, if you have low ceilings then you would create a soft barrel ceiling. If you had high ceilings and were looking to make an impression then you would create a half circle barrel vault. If you had a tricky situation where the roof rafters were impeding in on your ceiling then you may need to create an elliptical barrel vault to help curve under the rafters and maximize your height.

The barrel ceiling is not a new concept to say the least. It’s a pretty common architectural feature found in most new homes, but that does not take away from the unique appeal it provides. A barrel ceiling can enhance any room by extending the ceiling and making the room appear much larger than it actually is. Let’s go over a few great barrel ceiling ideas you should consider for your next project.

Barrel Ceiling Ideas for a Game Room or Media Room

Looking to create the perfect media room? Well, a great way to enhance a media room is to simply create a barrel vault. The barrel vault helps create the theater like experience by adding high ceilings. The barrel vault kit from Archways & Ceilings can be made to fit any media room for the ultimate watching experience.

A barrel ceiling is one that effectively creates a an arch curve from one point to another that is at least 2 foot long. Many times, like in a bathroom or relatively small room, the barrel extends from one wall to the other. Alternatively, like the pictures below, you can install it in a tray (pop-up) ceiling in the center of a room to increase visual appeal and create a focal point. The below pictures are of a media room where our customer did just this. They also did a great job finishing it out.


Hallways are Ideal for Barrel Ceilings

The most common place Archways & Ceilings sees barrel vault ceilings at are in the hallways. Most of our customers are looking to add a little flare to their boring long hallways. By simply adding the barrel ceiling, the hallway now has character.

Don't fret if your hallway turns, a barrel ceiling can easily make the turn of your hallway layout, which will only heightens the curve appeal of the hallway. Hallways don't have to be boring, plus the cost of our barrel ceiling kits are extremely affordable. Click here to get a quote and see for yourself.


Before and After hallway barrel vault

Entryways are Great for Barrel Ceilings

When our customers ask us for recommendations, we always look to the entryway first. Barrel vaults are so versatile they can work in any area of the home, but the foyer is the first thing anyone sees when they enter the home. If you want to make that good first impression, a barrel ceiling will do just that. Here's a few ideas.


Foyer barrel vault ceiling

Master Bedroom Barrel Vault Ceiling

Many homes have boxed up tray ceilings for the master bedroom, so if you are tired of the same old cookie cutter ceiling then perhaps you should add a barrel ceiling. A barrel ceiling kit from Archways & Ceilings is inexpensive, easy, and an architectural gem that can be added to any master bedroom.

Master bedroom barrel vault ceiling

Limitless Ideas for Barrel Ceilings

There are too many barrel ceiling ideas to name in this blog post without making it forever long. The above ideas are the most popular, but they're not the definitive end all. Below is a link to our barrel ceiling photo gallery that . Check back often, we're always updating our photo galleries. Who knows, maybe next time you'll see your picture there.

Check Out Our Barrel Vault Photo Gallery

Building a Barrel Vault Ceiling

Framing a barrel ceiling from scratch can be tough and time consuming, especially if you don't have the right tools. That is why Archways and Ceilings has developed a simple barreled ceiling kit that is easy, fast and perfect. Not to mention AFFORDABLE! Each barreled ceiling kit is made to the customers exact dimensions and shipped to the jobsite.

How easy you ask? Well, our customers range from the weekend warrior (Do it yourself) to the professionals. Our detailed instructions and "How To" videos make it easy every step of the way. So remember, barreled ceilings no longer have to be tough or time consuming. Use Archways and Ceilings on your next project and you will see just how easy we are! If you’re a homeowner and want to install barrel ceilings in your home or if you’re a contractor looking for a kit for a project, give us a call. We custom make our barrel ceiling kits to fit the precise needs of the project. Let us know if you need any help with the order process or if you have any questions. 

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