How to Build a Room Partition for One's Home

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Sometimes there just isn't enough room in the house for everyone. You may need an extra bedroom, a separate office or just a private getaway. With a few materials and a well-planned design, you can add another room to your house.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Saw
  • Wood frames
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Level
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Paint brush
  • Paint

Plan Your Room

  • Consider the lighting, ventilation, room access, electrical outlets and pipes you'll need in the room.

  • Draw the existing space as is and the design you want to create out of it.

  • Include new walls, doors, windows, electrical outlets, plumbing features and ventilation in your plan.

Build the Walls

  • Mark the location of walls on the ceiling beams. You may need to remove a section of the ceiling to locate them.

  • Measure the framing for the walls. Include spaces for the doors and windows and determine where electrical and plumbing fixtures will be.

  • Lay out all of the cut frame pieces and mark them for the stud locations.

  • Attach the frames together, lift the frames and attach them to the studs.

  • Secure the walls in place. Use a level to make sure the frame is straight.

  • Place the new plumbing and electrical fixtures in the new walls.

  • Repeat the process with all of the remaining walls.

Finish the Room

  • Add drywall or paneling to the walls.

  • Put in the doors and windows.

  • Paint the room.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a simple room partition, purchase pre-cut wall partition kits from your local hardware store. They include everything you'll need to install the partition.
  • Don't try to install the wall frames yourself. Have at least two other people to help you lift and secure the frames.

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