What is a vaulted ceiling and how do you create one?

double height space with vaulted ceiling
(Image credit: Richard Keily)

Vaulted ceilings make beautiful features in the homes they grace and are a great way to add bags of architectural interest, introduce lots of extra natural light and increase the sense of space.

While there are many types of ceiling to choose from for those self building and extending, the vaulted ceiling allows homeowners the chance to inject instant character and to use the often wasted unused roof space above. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.