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Barrel Ceilings from Fast Arch of America look Great!Barrel Ceilings are like a deep arch.  With the Fast Arch Barrel Ceiling System, they go up fast and accurately, giving your finished ceiling a fabulous look.

Installing a Barrel Ceiling with the Fast Arch System is just like putting up several arches - luckily, a Fast Arch goes up in just a minute or two, so you can do average hallways in about 15 minutes or large rooms with a barrel ceiling in an hour or two.

As great looking as a Barrel Ceiling is, there are also times when you will want something a little fancier.  Check the Barrel Ceiling Gallery to see some of the ways we can add some flourish to the standard barrel ceiling.  Perhaps you need a barrel for a hallway that curves...or a barrel that ends in a dome...or how about a barrel that not only curves down the hallway but also goes up a curving stairway - changing directions in more than one plane.  We can do it...and you'll find proof in our Barrel Ceiling Gallery.

Barrel ceilings can have the same profile as a Flat Arch, Ellipse Arch or a  Half-Round Arch.




How to Measure and Order a Barrel Ceiling from Fast Arch of America

How to Measure for a Fast Arch










Measure the actual width of the opening from side to side (as you look through it) of the rough frame opening.

"Flat" and "Ellipse" are usually patterned in 2" increments to allow for adjustment during installation.  This won't affect the appearance of the final product and makes installation much simpler.  In other words, 36-3/4" opening would take a 36" Flat or Ellipse Arch.

Half-Round Arches require a closer tolerance and should be measured to within 1".


This is the measurement between the top or peak of the arch and the lowest portion of the arch.  Other terms you may have heard are the rise, leg, spring, or slope of the arch.

A good rule of thumb for an unspecified drop is to use a 6:1 ratio to the Width.  In this case, a 48" wide arch would have a drop of 8".

The drop of a half-round or half-circle arch should be 1/2 of diameter of the circle,  In other words, the drop of a half-round arch with a width of 72" would be 36"


The measurement of the thickness of the opening or niche (as you look through it).  Usually it's the depth of the framing member. The measurement should be accurate to 1/4".


Will this be an Arch or a Niche.  Arches are passage type openings and Niches have a closed back.  The difference is in the direction of the back flange and the cost is the same.


Flat, Ellipse, Half-round?  Take a look at the various types of Arches to see what styles are available.  Or call us for something unique.

Installing an Barrel Ceiling

How to ceiling - making a barrel ceiling













How To Ceiling:  Barrel Ceilings

  1. The first step is installing an arch.  We've got a detailed description in our Arches pages.
  2. Make sure you have a level line at the drop point.  If you would lie, we can supply a metal guide track that will help ensure your halways stays straight and level.
  3. Start at one end of the hall or room or work your way through to the other end.

Important Notes:

  • There may be an overlap or gap of up to 1" between the two half-arches. The final appearance of the arch will not be affected.
  • For even easier installation on wood framing, Fast Arch has designed a double-faced magnetic hammer.  A 3/4" roofing nail can be driven through the arch nailing flange and into the wood with a single stroke.  This tool allows even very large arches to be installed by a single person and speeds installation time.  For more information on this tool and its availability, please call us.

A Gallery of Barrel Ceilings

Clicking on any of the images will bring up a larger version.

At Fast Arch of America, we make many different types of ceilings. Explore our Recessed Ceiling Domes, Oval Ceiling Domes, Fancy Groined Ceilings and don't miss our gallery of Cathedral and Specialty Ceilings.  If you can dream it, we can make it!