Not all parts of a remodeling project involve a complete overhaul of a home’s features or even of an entire room. In certain cases, a specific feature of a room can be redone to help give a more lasting impression. Changing a regular rectangular doorway into an Arched Doorway is one example of this.
First, Remove the Old Doorway
In the case of a remodeled doorway, you’ll first need to remove the current casing, or trim, that’s fitted around the door frame. You’ll want to use something like a utility knife to run between the casing and the drywall on both sides.
Be careful to use just enough force to slice through caulking or paint but not cut into the drywall too much. Once you’re done, use something like a pry bar to pull the casing off the wall.
Next you’ll need to use a pry bar or hammer to slowly remove the door jamb fromthe opening. After that, you’ll need to take out the baseboard molding from both sides as well. Be mindful again to not damage the walls during removal!
Installing the Arched Doorway
The first step to placing in the new door way is to place four nail blocks at the top corners of your doorframe; you’ll need to nail two shorter blocks on the sides and then two longer blocks meeting the short blocks at the top of the frame’s corners.
Next, it’s time to create the arch: you’ll measure and cut two arches from using drywall to frame the new opening.
After securing your nail blocks place drywall around the newly fashioned frame. Remember to use drywall that’s the same thickness as the drywall that’s already on the wall! Place both drywall formed arches, on either sideof the doorframe. You’ll secure them into place to the shorter nail blocks.
Finally, mark the desired arch you want for your new doorframe on the newly installed drywall and cut out the excess underneath (repeat for both sides). After this, mud, tape, sand and paint the new drywall to the old to complete your new arched opening.
Now you’re ready to install your new arched doorway and trim in the opening you’ve just created. Don’t forget to add new baseboard molding as well to finish off the project. If you’re thinking that that sounds like a bit much, or like a great starting point for a larger project, we’re here to help! One of our professional designers will be able to help you with the design and planning, while our builders will be able to seamlessly cover the transition. Send us an e-mail today at [email protected] and an Airoom designer will be in touch!