Do-it-yourself drywall arch in a house or apartment? Step by step instructions + Video

Do-it-yourself drywall arch in a house or apartment? Step by step instructions + Video Arches are an architectural element that has existed since time immemorial. But in spite of all their archaism, the arches are able to add a zest to the modern interior.

Being just an opening in the wall, the arch can serve various design requirements. She is able to visually enlarge a small room, and divide a large room into zones.
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Interior arches can have different sizes, all it depends on the goals and point of view of the designer.

They can be of various geometric solutions, from an ordinary rectangular cut in the wall to futuristic asymmetric designs. Also, they may or may not have vaults, which, in turn, can also be of the most intricate forms and types.

Features of the device of the arch-portal

Do-it-yourself drywall arch in a house or apartment? Step by step instructions + Video In typical apartments, the simplest solution would be to make an arch by simply increasing opening. It can be finished with panels of various materials: wood, plastic, plasterboard, etc. Such arches are called U-shaped or portal arches.

Such arches are very easy to do with your own hands.

Do-it-yourself drywall arch in a house or apartment? Step by step instructions + Video Naturally, first of all, you need to remove the tree, since it is absolutely unnecessary for the arch. Accordingly, we get rid of the platbands and the door frame. Then you need to level the resulting opening with cement mortar and let it harden. Everything, you can start finishing.

The portal arch is the easiest to perform, which is a significant plus, however, it looks quite simple and cheap. If we want something more presentable, then we cannot do without vaults.

How to make an interior vaulted arch

For the device of the vaulted arch , we need to increase the opening in height, and accordingly in width. There are two ways to go here. The first and simplest - we expand the opening already in the wall.

And the second - we completely demolish the wall and erect its decorative replacement from plasterboard.

Do not forget that only decorative walls and interior partitions can be demolished, it is strictly forbidden to touch the main (bearing) walls.

Otherwise, it can lead to the destruction of the entire building or part of it.

Do-it-yourself drywall arch in a house or apartment? Step by step instructions + Video If you chose the first method - to expand the existing opening, then before starting work needs to mark the necessary boundaries of the future arch. In this case, the width of the opening that you will cut through should be 3-4 centimeters more than the width of the intended arch.

And the height, the same centimeters from the top point of the future arch.

Following the markings with a perforator, through holes are punched in the wall with a step of 10 centimeters. The opening is widened with a circular saw or a conventional sledgehammer.

Do-it-yourself drywall arch in a house or apartment? Step by step instructions + Video Side panels can be made of plasterboard, installing it on a U-shaped profile, or from chipboard. If everything is clear with chipboard, then it is worth dwelling on drywall in more detail.

On the main wall, to which we will join the plasterboard wall, we apply vertical markings under a plumb line, so that the outlines of the end of the future wall are to be seen. Observing the markings, we fasten the U-shaped profile with dowels to the wall.

Do-it-yourself drywall arch in a house or apartment? Step by step instructions + Video From the side profile, we fasten the profile sections to the floor in length equal to the width of the future wall to the opening. In the same way we mount the profiles to the floor and to the opposite wall. We lay the profile along the ceiling from one wall to another.

Between the profile on the ceiling and the edges of the profile lying on the floor, we put two slats. Then, on the resulting frame, we fasten the transverse profiles every 20 centimeters. This must be done in order to prevent the drywall sheets from falling through.

Plasterboard can now be mounted on both sides.

Construction of the arch vault

When starting the construction of an interior arch with your own hands, special attention should be paid to the arch.

Firstly, this is the most difficult part of the arch to manufacture, and secondly, its shape affects the entire structure. Do-it-yourself drywall arch in a house or apartment? Step by step instructions + Video

In addition to the above-mentioned portal arch, there are several more types: Do-it-yourself drywall arch in a house or apartment? Step by step instructions + Video

  • Classic arch or Romanesque (semi-circular vault);
  • Arch in the Art Nouveau style (half a circle, dissected by a chord. It is similar to the classical one, but with a flatter vault);
  • Pointed arches (the vault is, as it were, made up of two circles that leaned to each other);
  • Arch "romantic" (such arches are made in very wide openings. The arch is in the form of two arcs connected by a straight interval);
  • Prism (the arch is made without any roundness, consists of straight lines, between which there are obtuse angles).

The sides of the vaults are also made of drywall.

Cut out a recess of the required shape from the bottom of the sheets.

Do-it-yourself drywall arch in a house or apartment? Step by step instructions + Video Since the prismatic interior arch consists exclusively of straight lines, it is easiest to make it yourself. To make a rounded vault, you will have to sheathe it with bent sheets of drywall at the bottom.

If there is a desire to build an interior arch with your own hands, but there is doubt about your own abilities, then you can use standard ones or make them to order. Arches can be chosen in various designs, textures and materials.

Wooden arches will look expensive and presentable, but they will not be cheap either. Plus, the material is heavy in every sense. For hand-made work, fiberboard or MDF are better suited.

The arch assembly must start from the top.

Do-it-yourself drywall arch in a house or apartment? Step by step instructions + Video First, we use the supplied wooden dowels.

We assemble a vault from two pairs of panels. We connect with PVA glue. After gluing, we wait until it dries, and then from the bottom of the eaves of the arch.

Then we saw off the flexible plate of the inner part of the arch - with a margin of at least 10 millimeters.

From the two halves we assemble the vault, the halves are glued to the inner panel.

Install the vault in place and fix it with self-tapping screws or liquid nails. It is necessary to finish the side panels according to the dimensions of the openings with a small margin in length and width.

We saw off the platbands, too, from the floor to the cornice so that the saw cut was inside the arch. Then we mount the platbands into the cornice of the arch with the help of dowels. To do this, glue the groove of the casing with glue and insert the side panel into it so that the upper edge plunges into the groove.

Do the same with the second half of the arch.

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