Oval dome ceilings are sure to be a conversation starter with prospective home buyers. Both the profile and the style of the oval dome seem to say: “Look at me and be amazed!” From measuring, to installing, to finishing ideas, we’ll help you learn, design and build oval dome ceilings that’ll keep your clients awe struck.
How to Measure an Oval Dome
Measuring a space for an oval dome is pretty straight forward. It simply consists of: measuring the width, length; determining if you want a light ring; choosing your style; naming it with a location; and, understanding your total height.
- Measure the width, or the shorter side, of your framed rectangle to the nearest 1/8”.
- Measure the length, or the longer side, of your framed rectangle to the nearest 1/8”.
- Determine if you’d like to have a light ring.
- Choose the style of your oval 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 oval dome will be installed in your project (for example: Entry, Study, Dining Rm, #1 Oval Dome).
How to Install an Oval Dome Ceiling
Installing an oval dome ceiling simply consists of marking the placement of your outer rings and light rings (if applicable) and then fastening the rings into place. Next you’ll need to set the oval dome tie centered at the total height, which will be detailed on your instructions. Lastly, you’ll need to fasten the rafters to the oval dome tie as marked and to the outer ring as specified in the instructions.
How to Drywall an Oval Dome Ceiling
Drywalling an oval dome ceiling is comprised of: measuring the curvature of the dome rafters and creating the pie shaped pieces that are created from the separation of one rafter from another along the outer ring; measuring the curvature of the outer rings and light rings (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 oval dome ceilings, consider using a double layer of either ¼” or ¼” flex drywall.
How to Finish an Oval Dome Ceiling
Drywall, plaster, tile, brick veneer, trim, mural, faux…the list is seemingly endless. Whether you want your oval ceiling dome to have a simple or an ornate finish, the choice is yours. All of our oval dome kits can be designed to handle any finish you can imagine. Plus, they readily accept chandeliers.
Oval Dome Ceiling Specifications
While any part of an oval ceiling dome can be modified to our builders’ exact specifications, the most common part specifications for the outer ring, light ring, dome rafters and oval dome tie are as follows:
|Material||Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)(High Grade Moisture Resistant)|
|Ledge Ring||The ledge ring is normally 1 ½” thick and 2 ¾” deep (tall).|
|Nailer Ring||The nailer ring is 1” thick and sits directly on top of the ledge ring. This creates a ½” ledge along the perimeter of the dome which the rafters will sit on.|
|Rafters||Depending upon the size and style of the oval 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.|
|Dome Tie||The oval dome tie will change in size and shape to adequately account for the quantity and thickness of rafters.|
|Purlin Ring||Oval dome ceilings larger than 18 foot may require an additional supporting ring, called a purlin ring, that sits atop the rafters and ties into the oval dome tie for added support.|
Choosing an Oval Ceiling Dome Style
Choosing a style for your oval dome is mostly personal taste along with the overall design/theme of the home. The style of an oval 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 Oval Dome?
Depending upon the style of your oval dome kit, it could take us as little as 5 business days to manufacture or as long as 10 business days. Then add a few days for shipping.
- Soft and Half-Circle Style: 5 to 7 Business Days
- Elliptical Style: 5 to 10 Business Days
How Does My Oval Dome Ceiling Ship?
Depending upon the size of your oval ceiling dome 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 oval 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