How to Divide a Room by Adding Drywall

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Owners of residential buildings and homeowners who have a large room in a home or residence may want to subdivide the room into two separate spaces, either to create an office space or a spare room for guests or new additions to the family. This can be done with a little know-how, using drywall attached to a wooden frame. This is the less hassle, more cost-effective method to creating two rooms from one.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Stud finder
  • Tape
  • Hammer
  • Box of nails
  • 2-by-4s
  • Saw
  • Drywall
  • Drywall supplies (nails, drywall saw)
  • Pre-hung door kit
  • Paint, paneling or wallpaper
  • Use a tape measure to discover the dimensions of the large room: You'll need the length and width of the room, plus the height of one of the walls. Multiply the length and width together to determine the total floor space area and divide that number by two to effectively divide the room into equal halves. Use a stud finder to find the studs in the wall furthest away from the room's entryway, parallel to the entryway wall.

  • Strip any and all carpeting from the floor, including the floor pad. Run a line of tape from wall to wall and mark a basic guideline on the floor where you'll be building the frame. Hammer a line of 2-by-4s along the tape line on the floor and mark the location of the door on the boards. Hammer a line of 2-by-4s along the ceiling and up each of the walls to finish the basic frame of the wall.

  • Measure the opening in between the ceiling and floorboards and cut your 2-by-4s to size to fit vertically in this space. Space the successive 2-by-4s about four feet apart, across the length of the wall, keeping in mind to leave enough space for the opening of the door space.

  • Cut the drywall sheets to size and hang them according to the manufacturer's instructions along the wooden wall supports. For the door space, cut a smaller piece of drywall that bridges the gap between the two walls. Hang a ready-made door --- a door that comes already attached, pre-hung to a frame --- following the instructions included with the door installation kit. Lay carpeting and carpet padding back into the two separate rooms. Adorn the drywall with paint, paneling or wallpaper as desired.

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References

  • Black & Decker Complete Guide to DIY Projects for Luxurious Living; Jerri Ferris; 2008
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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