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Soft Segmented Arch

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SOFT SEGMENTED ARCH SPECIFICATIONS

A soft segmented arch, also known as an eyebrow or flat arch, is a single radius arch that has a more subtle (softer) curve than all the other arch styles. The ability to choose your own rise along with the simplicity in design has made this arch style the most popular.

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 soft arch depth is limited to 18”. Anything greater than 18" is considered a barrel vault.

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HOW TO MEASURE A SOFT SEGMENTED ARCH

  1. Measure the depth of your opening to the nearest 1/8”.
  2. Measure the width of your opening to the nearest 1/8”.
  3. Choose your rise (reference “Choosing Your Rise” below for more information).
  4. Enter the location (place) where the soft arch will be installed in your project (for example: Entry / Dining Rm, Living / Bdrm Hall, Arch #1).

CHOOSING YOUR RISE

Percentage Ratio

Based on the width, make your rise 1 ½” to 2” per foot (12.5% – 16.5%). For example, if you have a 38 1/2” opening, you’d have a 6 3/8” rise (38.5 x .165 = 6.375(rounded)).

Constant Rise Method

Regardless of the width, assign a fixed rise to all openings. For example, set a 3ft and a 10ft opening, both with a 10” rise.

Rise Chart

A tool used to reference the width of an opening to acquire a rise.

HOW TO INSTALL SOFT ARCHWAYS

Every soft 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 soft arch half to the stud and header.

FAQ

How long does it take to get my soft segmented archways?

Soft arch kits normally take 3 – 5 business days to manufacture (in most cases sooner). Then add a few days for shipping. Figure about a week to a week and a half from date of order.

How do you ship my soft segmented arches?

Depending upon the size of your order, most soft segmented 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 soft segmented arch?

Drywalling a soft 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 soft arches, consider using a double layer of either ¼” or ¼” flex drywall.

How do you finish soft segmented archways?

Drywall, plaster, wood veneer, brick veneer, trim, tile… the list is seemingly endless. Whether you want your soft segmented 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