Igloo ceilings, or lunette vaults, are two or more intersecting barrel ceilings or archways at different heights. Where a groin vault is an intersection of barrel ceilings at the same height, a lunette vault intersects at different heights. This ceiling is most commonly utilized when you want a barrel vault, but you have an obstruction such as a window or doorway that would normally disqualify this ceiling as an option. With the help of an lunette vault, you can add an intersecting archway or barrel over a door or window, giving you the height you need.Check out The Royal Igloos Featured Project
How to Measure an Igloo Ceiling
For each intersecting barrel or archway that comprises the whole of your igloo ceiling, you’ll need to add each of them separately to your cart. First, measure the barrel ceiling with the highest peak. Once you’ve completed this, you’ll then need to add each lower intersecting barrel ceiling or archway separately.
- Measure the length of your highest peak barrel ceiling to the nearest 1/8”.
- Measure the width of your highest beak barrel ceiling to the nearest 1/8”.
- Choose the style of your igloo ceiling. Note the Total Height required for each style.
- Choose “Highest Peak” as the correct igloo part.
- Enter the location (place) where the igloo ceiling will be installed in your project (for example: Bdrm Hallway, Front Gallery, M. Bath, #1 Igloo).
- If you choose the soft style, choose a rise for your igloo ceiling kit.
- Once you’ve completed the barrel ceiling with the highest peak, repeat these steps for each barrel or archway that intersects the barrel ceiling at a lower height.
How to Install an Igloo Ceiling
As shown in the adjacent video, begin by installing each lower intersecting barrel or archway. From here, install the highest peak barrel vault on both sides of the lower intersecting barrels or archways. Lastly, tie the co-joining barrels together by modifying a few of the highest peak barrel struts. Custom installation instructions will be supplied to your specifications for easy install.
How to Drywall an Igloo Ceiling
Drywalling an igloo ceiling is comprised of measuring the curvature of each barrel or archway, 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 igloo ceilings, consider using a double layer of either ¼” or ¼” flex drywall.
How to Finish an Igloo Ceiling
Drywall, plaster, tongue and groove, bead board, brick veneer, trim, mural, faux…the list is seemingly endless. Whether you want your igloo ceiling to have a simple or an ornate finish, the choice is yours. All of our igloo ceiling kits can be designed to handle any finish you can imagine. Plus, they readily accept can lights and chandeliers.
|Material||Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)(High Grade Moisture Resistant)|
|Strut Spacing (in.)||16” O.C. with the intersecting struts closer together|
|Thickness (in.)||1” – 1 ½” (depending on width)|
|Depth (in.)||2 ¾” deep struts with deeper lower intersecting igloo parts|
Choosing an Igloo Style
Choosing a style for your igloo 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 Does My Igloo Ceiling Ship?
Depending upon the size of your igloo ceiling kit 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 is a great company to have as a resource. We know that when we take on projects that require a variety of arched ceilings, we can count on them to come through. We recently completed a project that required an elliptical barrel vault that intersected with 6 half circle arches at different heights which they call “Igloos.” This ceiling came out terrific and came out like the architect spec’d.”
Todd Handwerk, President
Calais Custom Homes, Southlake, TX