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Bell Curve Arch

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BELL CURVE ARCHWAYS SPECIFICATIONS

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.

Material

Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
(High Grade Moisture Resistant)

Thickness (in.)

1” – 1 ½” (depending on width)

Depth (in.)

1” to 5 ½”. Any depth over 5½” will be made as a split (a 2¾” arch for both the front and back of the opening). Lastly, a bell curve arch depth is limited to 18”. Anything greater than 18" is considered a barrel vault.

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Lead Times

Most bell curve arches ship within 5 to 7 business days (in most cases sooner).

Order Updates

The next business day following your order, we’ll email you a projected ship date.

When It Ships

Once your order ships, we’ll email (or text) you tracking information.

Easy to Install

Your bell curve arch kit will come with simple instructions along with a Video QR Code.

HOW TO MEASURE BELL CURVE ARCHES

  1. Measure the depth of your opening to the nearest 1/8”.
  2. Measure the rough opening width to the nearest 1/8”.
  3. 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).

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 TO INSTALL BELL CURVE ARCHWAYS

Every bell curve arch kit comes with tailored installation instructions to your specifications. It really is as simple as measuring and marking the center of your header, marking down from the header your total height, and then aligning and fastening each bell curve arch half to the stud and header.

FAQ

How long does it take to get my bell curve archways?

Bell curve arch kits normally take 5 – 7 business days to manufacture (in most cases sooner). Then add a few days for shipping. Figure about a week and a half to two weeks from date of order.

How do you ship my bell curve arches?

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 UPS Freight. If you’d like to know how it will ship before placing your order, simply call us and we’ll let you know.

How do you drywall a bell curve arch?

Drywalling a bell curve arch is comprised of measuring the curvature of the arch, cutting the drywall to the curvature and depth, forming and fastening in place. You can also watch our "How to Drywall an Archway" YouTube video.

QUICK TIPS

  • Wetting the back of the drywall (as shown in the video) 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 do you 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. You can also watch our "7 Creative Ideas to Finish Your Ceilings & Archways" YouTube video.

what our customers are saying

All Star Homes loves the framing kits that archways and ceilings has to offer. Price is affordable and ordering products that come in a timely manner is impressive. So we have to use these guys on all our custom homes. I would recommend Archways & Ceilings to anyone!

Craig Parker, President

All Star Homes, Killeen, TX

We’ve been using Archways & Ceilings’ soft segmented arches for over 10 years now. They save us time, money and have improved the quality of our homes. Out-of-round and crooked arches are a thing of the distant past. Great product!

Architecture / Purchasing Manager

Home Creations, Moore, OK

Archways & Ceilings’ corbel arches are an elegant look easily achieved at a great price. Plus the quality is top-notch. Look no further, they’re the best at what they do, or your carpenter can do.

Kory Moon
Crescent Builders

Calais has been using Archways & Ceilings since 2009. Their products provide the builder with accurate dome ceilings, barrel vaults, groin vaults, and tudor archways. There has never been a design by any of our architects that Archways & Ceilings has not been able to manufacture. Once you have used Archways & Ceilings, you will never want to do the arches and ceilings any other way.

Christine Riggs / Project Manager

Calais Custom Homes, Southlake, TX

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.

Brian Kitchin
Drywall Nation