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How to Frame a Wall

Rashida Khilawala Mar 12, 2019
Often, a lot of space is not enough. You need more rooms to have more room, right? So, are you planning to increase a room? Then you are looking at framing a wall in place. Here is a piece that will explain you the process in detail.
So, if you find out that you cannot raise the walls into place, you can always frame it. Considering the fact that you are looking for the same information, you are a DIY kind of person! Well then, let us start off. It will take a few hours to frame a wall.
However, if you are new to the DIY lifestyle for home construction, it may take a little bit longer. A good idea is to take help from someone who has already completed such a project. That way, you will have proper guidance and a little bit of extra help as well.
Here is a list of things you will require:
  • Around 5 boards, 2" x 4"
  • A tape measure
  • Pencils
  • Nails
  • A Hammer
  • A circular saw
  • 2 saw-horses
Make sure that you are aware of the instructions for all the supplies.

10 Steps to Framing a Wall

Step 1

The first step is quite obvious. You need to know the size of the frame that you need to make. So, measure the width and height of the wall. Make sure to write it down and re-check the figures once again

Step 2

Next, mark the measurements on 3 of the 2 x 4 boards. Mark is starkly so that it is clearly visible. Once marked, recheck the measurements one more time.

Step 3

Set the marked boards on the saw-horses and cut it along the marked length with a circular saw. Then place them on the floor. Place one of the boards where the bottom of the wall will be and two of them, where the top of the wall will be.

Step 4

Again, measure the height of the room, subtract from that (the height), the width of three 2 x 4 boards. Since the standard boards are 1.5 inches thick, the three will add to 4.5 inches. Now, subtract the 4.5 inches from what the overall height of the wall and then, mark each board. Lastly, check the math and measuring of the board.

Step 5

Next, cut the 2 boards as marked and place one board at each end of the 3 boards laying on the ground. With a hammer, nail the two end boards into the bottom board. Then do the same to the inside of the 2 boards at the top of the wall.

Step 6

Next, cut the studs for the wall. (These studs are made from more of the 2 x 4 boards). Measure the width of the wall, once again, from side to side. To know how many studs you need to cut, divide the result of the measurement by 16. That is how many studs you need to cut.

Step 7

Install those cut studs along the wall frame. Keep a standard spacing of 16 inches between two studs. Keeping the first stud 16 inches from the outside edge of the end of the wall. Make sure that you check and recheck the measurements to avoid any errors.

Step 8

Continue to install the studs, at 16 inches from each other, across the width of the wall. It is alright if the space between the last stud and edge piece is smaller than the rest.

Step 9

Line up the last piece of the 2 x 4 board to the top of the wall; this will make the wall header. Next, position the new wall in place and nail it into the floor joints at the edge of the room.

Step 10

Raise the wall and nail it into place. Drive the nails from the end-cap of the new wall into the wall end studs. The end may need support until brace bars are placed, to support the weight of the new wall. This will keep the wall upright and keep it from flopping around.
If you are looking for help for basement construction, follow the same instructions when you want to know how to frame a basement wall. Make sure that you recheck all the measurements time and again to avoid mistakes, and also the wastage of supplies.