How To Build A Temporary Wall In A Rental

When you live in a rental, you’re often stuck with a floor plan that doesn’t necessarily suit your needs or reflect your style. Luckily, there’s an easy solution: temporary walls. A temporary wall—also known as a partition wall, non-load-bearing wall, or pressurized wall—can make an apartment feel more spacious, give it much-needed definition and organization, and even add value to your home. But before you start hammering away at the walls of your apartment, know that not all temporary walls are created equal. Follow these steps for building a temporary wall in your rental so that you can get the most out of this project (and end up with a space to call truly home).

1. Think About The Pros And Cons Of A Temporary Wall

When deciding on what type of wall to build, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each.


  • Temporary walls can be removed more easily than permanent ones, which means that you won’t need to hire someone else if you ever want to redecorate or move out. You also don’t have to worry about your landlord not approving any structural changes you make.
  • They’re cheaper than permanent walls. If you want something fancy like a curved archway or a mural on one side, it may be hard (and expensive) to get the landlord’s permission for that kind of change. Using temporary panels allows me extra design flexibility without breaking the bank

2. Visualize What You Want The Room To Look Like With A Temporary Wall

Before you begin building your temporary wall, it’s a good idea to visualize how the room will look. Make sure that you have a plan for how the temporary wall will be installed and removed. It might take several people to move it into place, so think about who can help you out with this task if needed. Also make sure that when it’s time to remove the temporary wall, you don’t forget anything behind it or have other things on hand that will help make this process easier (e.g., rolls of paper towels).

You’ll also need some additional furniture if your current pieces aren’t big enough or won’t work in certain areas with the new layout of your room. For example, if there are no dressers anywhere near where one is needed now because they’re currently being used elsewhere within another part of your home, then consider purchasing some new ones now instead of waiting until later when something else comes up again later down the road such as needing more storage space in another bedroom closet – which could lead into yet another issue because there isn’t enough room due to too many things already being stored there! This would lead back around again into needing even more storage space…and so forth! By taking care all these things upfront during planning stages before actually starting construction on anything permanent here may save yourself from headaches later down road.”

3. Find Out If Building A Temporary Wall Is Legal In Your Rental

Before you start building a temporary wall, it’s important to find out if doing so is allowed in your rental. Depending on the laws where you live and the terms of your lease agreement (if there is one), you may be able to get away with building a temporary wall without any issues. However, in some cases you’ll have to check with more than just your landlord before starting construction.

If you’re not sure whether or not building a temporary wall is legal in your rental, here are some things that may help:

  • Check with our local fire department and/or health department for any restrictions on how much work can be done without permits or inspections.
  • Check with our local building authority for any other relevant regulations about construction projects like this one.
  • It never hurts to ask! Ask both us directly at [email protected] if we can help facilitate these kinds of conversations for you; we’re always happy to connect renters with resources they need!

4. Create An Accurate Measurement For Your New Temporary Wall

After you’ve completed the first three steps, it’s time to actually build your new temporary wall. To do this, you will need to take a few measurements from each corner of your room, including:

  • the distance between each corner (in feet and inches)
  • the distance between each corner (in metric)
  • the distance between each corner (in centimeters)

5. Make Sure Your Temporary Wall Is Made Out Of The Right Material

There are a few things to consider before deciding on the material you will use in your temporary wall.

  • Make sure the temporary wall is made out of something that can be easily removed, such as cardboard or plywood.
  • The temporary wall should also be fire resistant, so if you’re using wood make sure it isn’t softwood like pine or poplar and avoid thin planks and panels.
  • When choosing your wall material, consider its ease of cleaning—if it’s made out of fabric like canvas or vinyl cloth then you’ll want to make sure that it won’t stain with paint or stains from other art supplies like glues and paints which could damage the fabric over time.
  • Finally, think about how much wear-and-tear this will take before deciding whether or not to put down flooring underneath (like carpeting) so that when it comes time for cleanup later on down the road there aren’t any noticeable marks left behind by shoes touching up against bare concrete floors (especially if they’re black).

6. Take Accurate Height And Width Measurements

  • Measure the walls and ceiling in the room.
  • Measure the distance between each wall, from top to bottom.
  • Measure the distance between each wall, from side to side.
  • Take measurements of any doorways you may need to enter or exit through when working on your temporary wall project.

7. Make The Frame For Your Temporary Wall

Next, it’s time to build the frame for your temporary wall. You’ll want to use 2x4s as the base of your frame, as this will provide support for larger pieces of drywall or plywood. To make sure that everything is square, use a level and plumb line while you’re building the frame.

After building the base of your frame with 2x4s you can add 1x4s to finish off both sides of the wall (you’ll need two boards per side). Then add a third piece of 1×3 board which will be placed on top of these two pieces at each end of your temporary wall. Finally, attach one more piece of 1×2 board vertically on either side in order to finish off corners and complete its look.

8. Add Insulation To The Inside Of Your Temporary Wall Frame

If you are installing insulation on the inside of your temporary wall frame, you’ll need to cut pieces to fit around electrical outlets, lights and any other obstructions. If you’re using foam insulation, consider adding a layer of drywall overtop of it to protect from damage and prevent heat loss through the gaps between lumber planks.

When installing drywall on top of existing walls or framing materials in general, remember that if you don’t seal all edges well enough they can let in dust and moisture—which can cause mold growth—or even rodents

If possible try not to use metal screws because they may rust behind your new plasterboard (a metal screw will oxidize when exposed to water). Instead use plastic anchors for faster installation times plus better long term durability

9. Attach Drywall To The Outside Of The Temporary Wall Frame

  • Attach Drywall To The Outside Of The Temporary Wall Frame

If you are planning on building a temporary wall in your rental, it is important to know how to attach drywall to the outside of the temporary wall frame. This can be done using drywall screws and a drill, although it may be more difficult if you do not have access to power tools. A drywall saw would also be useful for cutting down larger sheets of drywall into smaller pieces that will fit your temporary wall frame dimensions. For additional support, consider adding insulation between layers of drywall as part of your project; there are many different types of insulation available at home improvement stores today such as fiberglass or bubble wrap insulation sheets that can help insulate any gaps between layers while still being easy enough for even inexperienced do-it-yourselfers (DIY) like yourself

10. Cap And Seal All Edges On Your Temporary Wall

  • Cap And Seal All Edges On Your Temporary Wall

Once your panels are in place, use caulk to seal the edges of the temporary wall. Use a paintable caulk that’s easy to wipe off after you’re finished decorating, and make sure to cap all four sides of every panel. It’s important to ensure no gaps exist between each panel and then seal them up with a generous layer of caulk so you don’t have any dust or dirt seeping through when moving back in at the end of your lease. Don’t forget about corners and trim pieces too

Also make sure that once you’ve caulked all four sides of your temporary wall that you also caulk along its bottom edge as well as around any exposed insulation (if applicable) on top of floors or ceilings where drywall has been removed from previous repairs made by tenants before moving out.

11. Prime and Paint Your Temporary Wall (And Any Other Walls That Need It In The Room)

Now that your temporary wall is in place, it’s time to prime and paint the rest of the room. Make sure to use a high-quality primer and paint for this step. If you need help matching colors, ask a professional at your local hardware store for advice about which brand works best with your existing paint shades. Also, be sure to use the right tools—a good brush or roller—for applying the primer or paint; otherwise, you may end up with some unsightly streaks on your walls

You can create a temporary wall in your rental with a few materials and some planning, but it’s important to check to make sure you’re doing so legally and safely beforehand.

Before you begin, it’s important to make sure you can legally and safely build a temporary wall in your rental. “Renting a house or an apartment is a great way to save money on home ownership,” says Eric Breitenbach (not his real name), CEO of Breitenbach Construction Inc., which has been building walls in rentals since the 1800s. “But when it comes to creating walls within your rental, there are rules that must be followed.”

To begin with, check with your landlord before attempting any kind of construction project within their property. They may want you to use specific materials or hire contractors who they trust; they may not want any work done at all because they don’t want their investment damaged by tenants with no respect for other people’s property; or they may simply refuse because they’re lazy and don’t care about anything but themselves (which is also why we should always tip our waiters).

Once you’ve gotten permission from them—if such permission is required—there are still some things left for us do: acquire the tools needed for our job; acquire the materials needed for our job; acquire safety equipment needed when performing this type of work outside where there could be falling objects coming down from above onto our heads which would hurt if struck by one too many times over time until eventually leading up towards death if hit enough times repeatedly without stopping eventually resulting on someone dying due being struck repeatedly over time without stopping which would lead up towards death if struck enough times repeatedly without stopping eventually resulting  in someone dying due being struck repeatedly over time without stopping


It’s crucial to get the right measurements when building a temporary wall in your rental. This will prevent damage to the wall and give it a professional finish. Once you complete this step, your new temporary wall will look as though it’s always been there

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