When you are renovating your home and changing any configuration, at some point you may need to build a new interior wall. The construction of building a wall is fairly simple. In this post, we’re going to break it down with the basics and show you how to build a wall with 2×4 studs.
Since the first time we walked through our fixer upper, we knew we were going to need to build a new interior wall or two. You may want to do this project yourself. In that case, you will need to learn how to build a wall! One of the main things we needed to fix on this home was the general configuration because it is just weird. And weird doesn’t sell. Luckily for the sellers, Logan and I can look past weird. In fact, we love fixing weird homes! But the truth is that most prospective buyers looked at this house and just couldn’t get past the awkward layout with 2 living rooms, a bedroom in the middle of the home with no windows, lack of en suite bathroom in the master and absolutely no open concept! (…these are all things we’re fixing as part of our renovation plans, which you can read more about here).
A big part of our renovation plan was converting one of the living rooms into a bedroom (our little one’s nursery to be exact), walk in master closet and bathroom. The area is shown above. Whew, I’m exhausted just talking about it! This phase of the renovation, of course, starts with building an interior wall for those new rooms. So grab those 2×4 studs and let’s chat about how to build a wall!
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General makeup of interior wall framing
What does on center mean?
Let’s jump right in and learn how to build a wall!!
Planning your interior wall
- figure out where the wall is going,
- what it will attach to,
- what is going in or on the wall.
Where the wall will be located sounds simple enough, but in reality, it can get pretty complicated. Logan and I spent a few hours discussing exactly where the interior walls would go to how best meet our space requirements for the new rooms. Your home will also have its own ideas. We ending up having to move a couple light switches and an outlet to make room for the new walls, yikes!
Drawing your interior wall plan
Marking for your interior wall
Cutting top and base plates
Marking your top and base plates for vertical studs
Building your interior wall frame
Attaching your interior wall
- If you’re going into subfloor then just use the framing nails that you’re putting the wall together with.
- If you have to go into concrete then you will need to use a .22 caliber powder actuated tool, and you will load .22 powder shot, a 3 inch nail, and literally fire a nail by pulling a trigger. This will secure your stud into the concrete. As always, be sure you’ve got your ear protection and safety glasses if you need to do this.
When you are renovating your home and changing any configuration, at some point you may need to learn how to build a wall. The construction of building a wall is fairly simple, right?! Hopefully you learned a lot as we showed you how to build a wall with 2×4 studs.
Next up if you learning how to build a wall, you need to know how to frame a door. Check out our tutorial for framing a door next!
Did you learn a lot from this how to build a wall tutorial? Where are you going to build a wall in your home?
Let me know in the comments below!!
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