Astroid curve ceilings, or ceiling etching, are a modern transitional approach to ceiling design. They can easily be built to fit in a tray ceiling or surface mounted to any flat ceiling. Plus, our astroid curved kits are a breeze to install. We combine CNC plywood alignment guides with our patented preformed arches to provide a one-of-a-kind ceiling. Choose from our three different astroid ceiling styles: Alpha, Athena, and Omega, or design your own style.
How to Measure An Astroid Curve
Measuring a ceiling for an astroid curve is pretty straight forward. It simply consists of measuring the width, length, choosing your style, naming it with a location, and determine your height.
- Measure the width, or the shorter side, of your framed rectangle or room to the nearest 1/8”.
- Measure the length, or the longer side, of your framed rectangle or room to the nearest 1/8”.
- Choose the style of your astroid curve: Alpha, Athena or Omega.
- Enter the location (place) where the astroid curve will be installed in your project (for example: Entry, Study, Master Suite, #1 Astroid curve).
- Determine your height to the nearest 1/8”.
How to Install an Astroid Curve Ceiling
Installing an astroid curve ceiling simply consists of fastening the CNC plywood alignment guides into place as specified on your custom plan, and then fastening the preformed arches to the ceiling and the forms as shown in the instructions. In the adjacent video, watch how the Omega astroid curve ceiling is installed in a tray ceiling with one side having a 45° clipped corner.
How to Drywall an Astroid Curve Ceiling
Drywalling an astroid curve ceiling is comprised of measuring the curvature of the prefabbed arches that fasten to the CNC Plywood guides, cutting the drywall to the curvature and length, forming, and fastening in place.
- Wetting the back of the drywall will make the drywall easier to bend.
- For tighter radius elongated ceiling domes, consider using a double layer of either ¼” or ¼” flex drywall.
How to Finish an Astroid Curve Ceiling
Drywall, plaster, tile, brick veneer, trim, mural, faux…the list is seemingly endless. Whether you want your astroid ceiling to have a simple or an ornate finish, the choice is yours. All of our astroid curve kits can be designed to handle any finish you can imagine. Plus, given their design, you still have the option to add can lights along the perimeter or in the center of the design.
Astroid Curve Specifications
While any part of an astroid curve ceiling can be modified to your specifications, the most common part specifications are as follows:
|Material||Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)(High Grade Moisture Resistant) & CNC Plywood Guides|
|CNC Plywood Guides||The CNC plywood guides are customized and cut from 23/32 plywood to your specification.|
|Prefabbed Arches||The prefabbed arches that fasten to the CNC plywood guides can vary from 1” – 1 ½” thick and the depth (height) is completely in your control.|
Choosing Your Astroid Curve Height
Choosing a height for your astroid curve is mostly personal taste along with the overall design/theme of the home. The greater the height, the bolder the statement. The less the height, the more subtle, yet elegant, statement you’ll make. If you plan to install an astroid curve in a tray ceiling, usually the depth of the tray will be your height. However, this doesn’t have to be the case as you could always do less to slightly accent the design. A good rule of thumb is the greater the ceiling height, the greater you should make your height.
How Does My Astroid Curve Ceiling Ship?
Depending upon the size of your astroid curve ceiling and/or the size of your total order, it will either ship in boxes via UPS Ground or on a pallet via LTL common carrier. If you’d like to know how it will ship before placing your order, simply call us and we’ll let you know.
“I was looking for something unique for my foyer and great room ceilings, so I called Archways & Ceilings. I gave them a direction of what I wanted and told them to run with it. A day or so later, they emailed me 3D CADs of ideas and we decided to go with the Astroid Curve Ceiling in the great room and a circular dome for the foyer entrance. These ceilings definitely make a statement and everyone who see’s them says, “Wow!” We are very pleased with Archways & Ceilings and we are getting ready to design up another ceiling for our Carriage House.”
Mocci Industries, Woodbridge, NJ