Elliptical arches are unique in that the radius changes from the corner to the center. In the center, it’s much gentler. But things really get interesting when you gaze towards the side of an elliptical arch where the curvature really becomes more pronounced.
How to Measure an Elliptical Doorway Arch Kit
You can download our “How to Measure” instructions under the instructions tab of our pricing calculator.
- Measure the depth of your opening to the nearest 1/8”.
- Measure the width of your opening to the nearest 1/8”.
- Enter the location (place) where the elliptical arch will be installed in your project (for example: Entry / Dining Rm, Living / Bdrm Hall, Arch #1).
How to Install an Elliptical Doorway Arch Kit
You can download our “How to Install” instructions under the instructions tab of our pricing calculator. While these are for the elliptical arch kit in the adjacent video, your install instructions will be tailored to your specifications for easy install.
How to Drywall an Elliptical Doorway Arch Kit
Drywalling an elliptical arch 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 (as shown in the video) will make the drywall easier to bend.
- For tighter radius elliptical arches, consider using a double layer of either ¼” or ¼” flex drywall.
How to Finish Elliptical Archways
Drywall, plaster, wood veneer, brick veneer, trim, tile … the list is seemingly endless. Whether you want your elliptical archway to have a simple or an ornate finish, the choice is yours.
Elliptical Arch 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 Elliptical Arch Rise
For the most part, elliptical arches need to keep a very specific width to rise ratio to keep their look intact. The greater the width, the greater the rise and vice versa. To better understand this, type a width into the above pricing calculator and watch the total rise change according to the width. If you’d like to customize your rise, you’ll need to call us.
How Do You Ship My Elliptical Doorway Arch Kits?
Depending upon the size of your order, most elliptical 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.
“I used to cringe when I’d hear a client request an elliptical arch, because I knew it meant I’d have to build it as oppose to delegating this to one of my guys. Plus the time it takes to build these correctly would take me half a day. Not anymore. Archways & Ceilings elliptical arches are too quick and easy. I couldn’t believe the simplicity as well as the ease of installation with the provided detailed instructions. Truly an amazing product.”