UPDATED: January 2022NEWS
Garden Arch Shapes and Styles
When you think of a garden arch, you might visualise the standard round-top arch, and while this is a popular choice, there are in fact many different styles to choose from.
There are 4 basic archway shapes, with a few subtle variations which we will look at here.
1. Classic Round Arch
The Roman arch is the archetypal (if you forgive the pun) garden arch style that people have been enjoying since literally Roman times.
The gently curved semi-circular top section is a timeless style that will look good in any space and there are many examples to choose from in both wood and metal.
A variation on the round top is the ellipse arch which has a much flatter top section. Because of this, these (usually metal) arches tend to be wider and are ideal for spanning a wide pathway. Agriframes offer the Monet arch and Harrod have the Ellipse arch.
Another interesting variation is the Moon Gate arch from Harrod which is almost a perfect circle.
2. Gothic Arch
Another popular choice, a traditional gothic arch has gently sloping sides culminating in a simple point - very much like the shape of a church window.
Despite this shape dating back to Gothic architecture of the late medieval period, a gothic archway can have a very contemporary appearance.
An interesting variation on the gothic style is the timber Whitby arch by Rowlinson, based on the town's Whalebone arch - a seafront monument to the whaling industry. The sides form a gothic point but overlap slightly at the top.
Another timber variation is the Atlas arch which has straight side panels that give way to a sharp roof-style apex.
3. Flat Top Arch
Although there are a few metal arches in this style, they are predominantly timber arches due in part to the extra difficulty in shaping curved wooden sections.
The wooden versions tend to be made from quite chunky timbers and are ideal for exposed locations where their weight will better stand up to buffeting winds. The top section often overhangs the sides and makes an ideal place for hanging plants.
Harrod's Square arch is one of the few metal arches in this style, and its very modern shape is perfectly square with no overhanging top section.
Another metal option is the Rowlinson Wrenbury - this is the flat top cousin the the round top version mentioned above.
4. Ogee Arch
Finally, the ogee arch is a more ornate gothic style arch with a subtle S-shaped curved top leading to a sharp point - ogee literally means an S-shaped line.
This shape of arch is also sometimes referred to as a Venetian arch owing to its popularity in that city.
It is a very popular style, but given the tricky S shaped curve, we have only seen metal arches in this style.