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How to build a barrel vault ceiling

Finished Hallway Barrel Vault

Building a barrel vault ceiling on the job site is time consuming, expensive and not always perfect. Well, have you ever wondered how to build a barrel vault ceiling? Or just want to add some architectural flair to your home? Well now with the Archways and Ceilings Barrel Vault framing kit you can add this beautiful ceiling detail to any room of the house, saving you both time and money. We have been making arched ceilings like barrel vaults, cove ceilings, groin vaults and dome ceilings since 1988 and have perfected our craft! Traditionally these ceilings are found in entry ways, hallways, dining rooms, master baths, niches, and media rooms. Let’s get started!

 

How Easy Is It To Order A Barrel Vault Kit?

It is as simple as measuring the length, width, and rise of your barrel ceiling. (Need more information on finding your measurements? Visit our video center.) Once you have these 3 key measurements simply punch them in online or call a sales associate at 877-303-ACME. Presto! Your barrel vault will now be manufactured and shipped to the jobsite.

How Easy Is The Barrel Ceiling To Install?

Traditionally constructing a barrel vault built on site would take several hours and require a great deal of plywood and lumber. However, the barrel ceiling kit from Archways and Ceilings Made Easy comes preformed and only takes a few nails to attach into place. It is as easy as hanging a picture frame. The reason a barrel vault ceiling kit is so easy is because you no longer have to cut or figure your dimensions. The prep work is gone! All you have to do is hang the pieces. If you can paint by numbers, then you can install a barrel vault ceiling. It is that easy! We've outlined the installation steps below:

How To Install A Barrel Vault Ceiling - Instructions

Here we provide step by step instructions illustrating how to properly install a barrel vault ceiling from Archways & Ceilings Made Easy. We also have an easy to understand "How to" video!

Installing a Barrel Vault Ceiling - Step 1

Step 1: Using traditional framing construction to meet code requirements, frame a brace centered down the length of your barrel vault.

Installing a Barrel Vault Ceiling - Step 2

Step 2: Snap a center line to the underside of the center brace. Note: The center line must be centered down the length of the barrel vault within ¼”.

Installing a Barrel Vault Ceiling - Step 3

Step 3: Measure and mark down from the bottom of the center brace along each wall and at each end ______ inches (rise). Note: The rise does not include the thickness of the center brace.

Installing a Barrel Vault Ceiling - Step 4

Step 4: Snap a horizontal line at the rise mark on each wall down the length of your barrel vault.

Installing a Barrel Vault Ceiling - Step 5

Step 5: Starting at one end of your barrel vault, align the pre-cut mitered half of the arch to the rise mark on the stud. Using a nail gun (or screw gun), attach the half to the stud. Tip: if using screws predrill pilot holes.

Installing a Barrel Vault Ceiling - Step 6

Step 6: Align the square cut half to the center line of the center brace and nail (screw) in place.

Installing a Barrel Vault Ceiling - Step 7

Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 to complete the whole strut.

Installing a Barrel Vault Ceiling - Step 8

Step 8: While spacing the barrel vault struts 16” O.C., continue installing the struts down the length of the barrel vault until finished.

Installing a Barrel Vault Ceiling - Step 9

Step 9: If necessary and/or according to code requirements, install strongbacks atop the barrel vault struts.

Installing a Barrel Vault Ceiling - Step 10

Step 10: If necessary and/or according to code requirements, fire block the barrel vault along the perimeter of the outer struts.

Installing a Barrel Vault Ceiling - Step 11

Step 11: That’s it! You are now ready for electric and drywall!

How to Install a Barrel Vault Ceiling Video

 

How Do You Drywall A Barrel Vault Ceiling Kit?

How To Drywall A Barrel Vault Ceiling

Have you ever wondered how to sheetrock a barrel vault ceiling? Or perhaps been curious about how to get drywall to bend? Look no further, because we cover both in our How to Drywall a Barrel Vault Ceiling video tutorial.

Drywalling a Barrel Vault Ceiling is actually quite simple! With just a few easy steps it is as easy as cutting the drywall to length, pressing the board into place, and fastening with your standard drywall screws. Don't believe me, take a look at this How to Drywall a Barrel Vault Ceiling video from our YouTube Channel.

How Affordable Are Archways and Ceilings Barrel Vault Kits?

Barrel Vault Kits from Archways & Ceilings are very affordable. Let us give you some examples so you can see what we mean.

  • A 6ft long by 4ft wide half circle barrel vault ceiling kit costs $89.90
  • A 12ft long by 5ft wide soft arch barrel vault ceiling kit costs $184.80
  • A 4ft long by 6ft wide elliptical barrel ceiling costs $134.28 (and takes less than 15 minutes to install!)
  • A 10ft long by 4ft wide barrel ceiling kit with a soft arch rise of 12 inches costs $148.32
  • A 10ft long by 6ft wide half circle barrel vault kit costs $226.62
  • A 10ft long by 8ft wide soft arch barrel would cost a mere $242.82
  • Let's get a little crazy, how about a 20ft long by 6' wide barrel vault? Well, it would only cost $356.66.

The great thing about all these prices is that you can receive an instant quote by visiting the barrel vault product page and simply entering these measurements for instant prices. Furthermore, we build all barrel vault ceiling kits to your measurements within 3-5 days and then ship them directly to your jobsite.

 Building A Barrel Vault Ceiling By Archways & Ceilings

Building A Barrel Vault Ceiling Kit - Framing

Building a barrel vault ceiling kit is no longer labor intensive, expensive and for high end custom homes. Whether you are building a small spec house, remodeling a home, or building a custom home, Archways and Ceilings Made Easy has the barrel vault framing system for you. A barrel ceiling could give you the competitive edge over your competition next door. For a very minimal investment you can easily set yourself apart while adding value to your homes. Remember, we have videos and instructions for you every step of the way. We take to heart our “Made Easy” claim! And, if you should have any additional questions along the way, call us toll free. We would love to hear from you.

Remember from customer support, to detailed instructions and videos, Archways and Ceilings Made Easy is there every step of the way!

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