A barrel vault creates a tunnel-like atmosphere: a continuous series of arches which are melded together to create a smooth, yet impactful ceiling surface.Check out Big Ass Barrel Vault Featured Project
How to Measure A Barrel Vault Ceiling
You can download our “How to Measure” instructions under the instructions tab of our pricing calculator.
- Measure the length of your barrel vault to the nearest 1/8”.
- Measure the width of your barrel ceiling to the nearest 1/8”.
- Choose the style of your barrel vault. Note the Total Height required for each style.
- If you choose the soft style, choose a rise for your barrel ceiling kit.
- Enter the location (place) where the barrel ceiling will be installed in your project (for example: Bdrm Hallway, Front Gallery, M. Bath Tub).
How to Install A Barrel Ceiling
You can download our “How to Install” instructions under the instructions tab of our pricing calculator. While these are for the soft rise barrel ceiling kit in the adjacent video, your installation instructions will be tailored to your style and specifications for easy install.
How to Drywall a Barrel Vault Ceiling
Drywalling a barrel vault ceiling is comprised of measuring the curvature of the strut, cutting the drywall to the curvature and length, forming and fastening in place.
- Wetting the back of the drywall (as shown in the video) will make the drywall easier to bend.
- For tighter radius barrel ceilings, consider using a double layer of either ¼” or ¼” flex drywall.
How to Finish a Barrel Vault Ceiling
Drywall, plaster, tongue and groove, bead board, brick veneer, trim, mural, faux…the list is seemingly endless. Whether you want your barrel ceiling to have a simple or an ornate finish, the choice is yours. All of our barrel ceiling kits can be designed to handle any finish you can imagine. Plus, they readily accept can lights and chandeliers.
Barrel Vault Specifications
|Material||Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)(High Grade Moisture Resistant)|
|Strut Spacing (in.)||16” O.C., To calculate how many struts we would supply, take your length, divide by 16, round up to nearest whole and then add 1 (107.875 length = 6.7 = 7 = 7+1 = 8).|
|Thickness (in.)||1” – 1 ½” (depending on width)|
|Depth (in.)||2 ¾” deep struts|
Choosing a Barrel Vault Style
Choosing a style for your barrel ceiling is mostly personal taste along with the overall design/theme of the home. If you want consistency, then take a look at your arch-top windows. Are they soft, half-circle, elliptical, gothic or bell-curve? Ultimately it is your project so, feel free to mix and match styles as you see fit. Just keep in mind that each style has a different Total Height requirement, which could quickly rule out several styles.
How Long Does it Take to Get My Barrel Vault Ceiling?
Depending upon the style of your barrel vault ceiling kit, it could take us as little as 3 business days to manufacture or as long as 10 business days. Then add a few days for shipping.
- Soft and Half-Circle: 3 to 5 Business Days
- Elliptical: 5 to 7 Business Days
- Gothic, Tudor, and Bell Curve: 8 to 10 Business Days
How Does My Barrel Vault Ceiling Ship
Depending upon the size of your barrel vault 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.
“Archways & Ceilings does a great job on all of their products. Specifically, we have been using their barrel vaults exclusively since 2009 and the exact precision with which they are made cannot be replicated in the field by traditional stick framing methods. For a truly high-end finish and a shape nothing short of perfection, Archways & Ceilings materials are the way to go.”