Bell Curve Arch
Bell curve arches, as their name implies, resemble the outline of a bell curve, or the mathematical distribution formula. This style of arch is a close cousin to the elliptical arch with one distinctive difference: they have the same gentle curve in the center, but the tighter radius at the sides flair down instead of up.
How to Measure Bell Curve Arches
- Measure the depth of your opening to the nearest 1/8”.
- Measure the rough opening width to the nearest 1/8”.
- Enter the location (place) where the bell curve arch will be installed in your project (for example: M. Bdrm Vanity, Dining Rm Niche, Study, #1 Bell Curve Arch).
How to Install Bell Curve Archways
- Measure and mark the center of the header.
- Measure and mark the total height on each stud.
- Fasten the provided blocking supports in each corner.
- Fasten each bell curve arch kit piece to the marks on the header and stud as well as to the blocking supports.
Tailored installation instructions will be supplied with your bell curve archways for easy install.
How to Drywall a Bell Curve Arch Kit
Drywalling a bell curve arch kit is comprised of measuring the curvature of the arch, cutting the drywall to the curvature and depth, forming, and fastening in place.
- Wetting the back of the drywall will make the drywall easier to bend.
- For tighter radius bell curve arches, consider using a double layer of either ¼” or ¼” flex drywall.
How to Finish Bell Curve Archways
Drywall, plaster, wood veneer, brick veneer, trim, tile…the list is seemingly endless. Whether you want your bell curve archway to have a simple or an ornate finish, the choice is yours.
Bell Curve Archways Specifications
|Material||Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)(High Grade Moisture Resistant)|
|Thickness (in.)||1” – 1 ½” (depending on width)|
|Depth (in.)||1” to 5 ½” Depths over 5 ½” will be made as a 2 piece split. A 2 piece split is a 5 ½” deep arch with a split cut down the center. When installing, finish the split cut and put one 2 ¾” piece on the front and the other 2 ¾” piece on the back of the opening.|
Finding Your Bell Curve Arch Rise
The rise of a bell curve archway is roughly 23% percent of the width. For example, if you had a 5’-3 5/8” width, the rise of your bell curve would be 1’-2 5/8” (63.625 * .23 = 14.63375). The fixed percentage allows the rise to scale with the width, which keeps the shape intact.
How Do You Ship My Bell Curve Archways?
Depending upon the size of your order, most bell curve arch kits ship in boxes via UPS Ground. If you order several arch kits, or if you also order a ceiling or wall design kit, it could ship 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.
“As an interior designer for a premier custom builder, I’m always trying to push the design envelope. Archways & Ceilings makes my job easier. When I wanted a bell curve archway over a vanity, they made it easy, fast, and affordable. They’re a great group of guys with a great product.”
Stephanie Horner / Interior Designer
Silver Stone Homes, Edmond, OK