Before winter break I noticed my boys were becoming too distracted by each other while doing their school work. I wanted an area they could both use that would double as their own space. I ended up building a moveable wall. Hopefully they will have ownership over their “office” and focus on school.
You can use this wall for so many things — a nursery, an office, a closet. Pretty much anywhere you want to divide a space, but don’t want to create a permanent wall. This is excellent for houses you rent as well. The wall I built is 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide. However, you can do any size using the same basic principles.
You will need:
• 12 5-foot, 9-inch wall studs (I had Lowe’s in Killeen cut them from 2-by-4-by-12’s).
• 2 2-by-4-by-8 studs cut at 6-foot, 1-foot, and 1-foot.
• 2 4-by-8 sheets of ¼-inch thick plywood. You can also use sheet rock.
• At least 180 screws.
• Skill saw or have the store cut the boards for you.
First, have all wood cut before you begin. Start building the frame that will keep your wall from falling. Take two of your 5-foot, 9-inch boards and two of the 1-foot boards. Lay them level on the ground in a rectangle shape and screw them together. I like to partially screw all my screws into the first board before screwing them together. Doing so makes the drilling easier and prevents the screw from slipping. (See photo).
Repeat this step with the remaining 1-foot boards and two more 5-foot, 9-inch boards. Place them to the side for now.
Next, use your 6-foot boards as the top and bottom of the wall. Partially predrill holes 1 foot apart into these boards. Be sure the screws are in the same place on both boards. Once completed, lay them on a level area on their 2-inch side. Place your remaining 5-foot, 9-inch boards minus one between them and screw one side in place. Once completed, do the other side. You have framed a wall.
Now stand the wall up. This part is helpful if you have an assistant, but if not, use another wall to hold it up. You will need one of your sections you built in the first step. Screw this section into your wall at the end. This creates a base to keep the wall from falling. Repeat this on the other side. Make sure you attach it to the other side of your wall frame. It should stand on its own now.
At this point, measure and cut your 4-by-8 plywood or drywall to cover your framing. I only completely covered one of my 1-foot sides since the other was going against a wall. I covered one side of my 6-foot wall. The other side I left open. I then measured between the studs and cut my remaining board using the cut pieces as shelves between the studs.
After you have your wall covered, if you used plywood, you can fill in any screw holes or seams with wood putty. This step is optional. Let it dry according to the directions. You are now ready to paint. After your paint dries, move your wall into place with an assistant (it will be very heavy), and you’re finished.
What an accomplishment. I had never built a wall before. Maybe you haven’t either. But now we can cross it off our bucket lists. Until next time, happy building.