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How to Measure A Dome Kit
You can download our “How to Measure” instructions under the instructions tab of our pricing calculator.
- Measure your framed box to the nearest 1/8”.
- Determine if you’d like to have a light ring.
- Choose the style of your ceiling dome: soft, half-circle or elliptical. Note the Height required for each style.
- If you choose the soft style, determine your height.
- Enter the location (place) where the ceiling dome will be installed in your project (for example: Dining Rm, Master Suite, Dining Rm, Entry, #1 Dome Ceiling).
How to Install A Dome Ceiling Kit
You can download our “How to Install” instructions under the instructions tab of our pricing calculator. While these are for the soft style dome ceiling kit with light ring as shown in the adjacent video, your installation instructions will be tailored to your style and specifications for easy install.
How to Drywall a Dome Ceiling
Drywalling a dome ceiling is comprised of: measuring the curvature of the dome rafters and creating the pie shaped piece that is created from the separation of one rafter from another; measuring the curvature of the outer ring and light ring (if applicable), 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 ceiling domes, consider using a double layer of either ¼” or ¼” flex drywall.
How to Finish a Dome Ceiling
Drywall, plaster, tile, brick veneer, trim, mural, faux…the list is seemingly endless. Whether you want your ceiling dome to have a simple or an ornate finish, the choice is yours. All of our dome ceiling kits can be designed to handle any finish you can imagine. Plus, they readily accept chandeliers.
Dome Kit Specifications
While any part of a ceiling dome can be modified to our builders’ exact specifications, the most common part specifications for the outer ring, light ring, dome rafters and dome tie are as follows:
|Material||Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)(High Grade Moisture Resistant)|
|Outer Ring||The outer ring is normally 1 ½” thick and 3 ½” deep (tall) for the half-circle style or 1 ½” thick and 5 ½” deep (tall) for the soft and elliptical style.|
|Light Ring||The light ring is normally 1” thick and 5 ½” deep (tall).|
|Rafters||Depending upon the size and style of the dome ceiling, the thickness of the rafters can vary from 1” – 1 ½” thick and the depth can vary from 2” – 2 ½” thick. The quantity of the rafters depends upon the size and will either be 12, 16, 24, 32, or 36.|
|Dome Tie||The dome tie will change in size and shape to adequately account for the quantity and thickness of rafters.|
|Purlin Ring||Ceiling domes larger than 18 foot may require an additional supporting ring, called a purlin ring, that sits atop the rafters and ties into the dome tie for added support.|
Choosing a Dome Ceiling Style
Choosing a style for your dome ceiling is mostly personal taste along with the overall design/theme of the home. The style of a ceiling dome is the unique shape of the dome rafters: soft, half-circle, or elliptical. Most of our builders prefer the soft style as it provides the most flexibility in height. When you choose the soft style, we provide you with our suggested height, but you ultimately have the freedom to choose the height you want or are potentially limited to by the pitch of your roof or truss design. In contrast, when you choose either the half-circle or elliptical style, the height is mathematically predetermined given the size of the box and the style you’ve chosen.
How Long Does it Take to Get My Dome Ceiling?
Depending upon the style of your dome 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 Style: 3 to 5 Business Days
- Elliptical Style: 5 to 10 Business Days
How Does My Dome Ceiling Ship?
Depending upon the size of your dome 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.
“We were absolutely satisfied with our dome ceiling. The service and communication we got from Archways & Ceiling was top notch. We would highly recommend working with them and using their products.”
Done Right Construction, Monroe, NY