Building an interior wall can help add a sense of privacy in your home, and can aid in breaking up a large open space. Because the wall does not have to support the weight of the home's structure, it is typically easier to install than a load-bearing wall. Although interior walls typically have 90-degree corners, you can opt for 135-degree corners to add visual interest to your interior space. Framing a wall with 135-degree corners requires little more effort than building a standard wall.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- 2-by-4-inch lumber
- Circular saw
- Miter saw
- Screwdriver bit
- 4-inch wood screws
- Adjustable table saw
Determine the length of the angled wall with a measuring tape.
Cut two sections of 2-by-4-inch lumber to the length of the wall with a circular saw. These sections form the base and top plates of the wall. Miter the ends of the sections at 135-degree angles with a miter saw.
Place the base plate in the desired position on the subfloor. Using a drill equipped with a screwdriver bit, drive 4-inch wood screws through the base plate into the subfloor at 4-inch intervals. Attach the top plate to the ceiling in the same manner, directly above and parallel to the base plate.
Measure the distance between the bottom edge of the top plate and the top edge of the base plate. Cut a section of 2-by-4-inch lumber to this measurement for each end of the wall, and for each 16 inches of wall length. These sections form the wall studs.
Stand one stud between the base and top plates at each end of the wall, flush with the mitered ends of the plates. Mark the line where one corner of each end stud hangs over the plates.
Angle the blade of an adjustable table saw to match the angle of the overhang line. Cut this angle along the length of the end studs. This will prevent the end stud corners from hanging over the plates when you finish the frame.
Replace the end studs at the ends of the wall. Drive 4-inch wood screws through the studs into the base and top plates at 45-degree angles. Stand the interior studs between the plates at 16-inch intervals. Attach these studs to the plates with 4-inch screws at 45-degree angles.
Tips & Warnings
- Wear a particle mask, shatterproof goggles and work gloves to prevent injuries while cutting and assembling the wall frame.