How To Build A Temporary Wall In An Apartment

A temporary wall is a great way to divide up a room for various reasons, whether you’re trying to create privacy for roommates or separate your home office from the rest of your space. They can be easy to assemble and disassemble, which makes them ideal for renters who don’t want to put too many holes in the walls. Here’s how you can build one yourself:

Section: Measure the space where you want your temporary wall

Section: Buy materials. You’ll need two-by-fours, plywood, drywall screws and drywall nails, joint compound (mud), primer, paint and caulk

Section: Cut wood

Section: Frame out the wall with two-by-fours (you’ll want to attach them together with a screw gun)

Section: Add plywood on both sides of frame

Section: Think about desired dimensions (height/width) in order to know how much drywall panels will be needed (include 2 inches for top plate)

Section: Attach top plate at top of framing using screws

Section: Put up the drywall attaching it with screws or nails using stud finder tool

Takeaway: A temporary wall is an inexpensive way to add more privacy or divide up space in an apartment. And with some simple measurements and tools, you can build one within a day’s time!

Choose the Best Location for Your Temporary Wall

When deciding where to place your temporary wall, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. First, the location should not be in the way of daily activities. If it is in your living room or bedroom, for example, it will be difficult for you to use those spaces as intended when the wall is up. Next, you’ll want to make sure that the location is easily accessible by yourself or other builders who might help you with this project (if applicable). This may sound obvious but if someone has trouble getting around due to mobility issues then they won’t be able to build or install their own temporary walls! Finally–and most importantly–you don’t want anyone’s safety jeopardized while they’re building these walls so make sure that there aren’t any fire hazards nearby and try not too close them up next time there’s an emergency situation at hand

Measure Your Temporary Wall

Measure the width and length of your temporary wall.

Measure the distance between the ceiling and floor.

Measure the distance between each wall (you can do this by measuring from one end of a wall to its adjacent end, then repeating until you’ve measured all four walls).

Measure the distance between your door or window and any other opening in your room: windows, doors, etc.

Determine the Height of Your Temporary Wall

The height of your temporary wall should be at least 8 feet tall, and no more than 10 feet tall. If you’re going to be installing a countertop on top of your temporary wall, it’s also important not to make it too much taller than the countertop itself. A standard kitchen countertop is usually around 36 inches high—you don’t want your temporary wall higher than that, or else people won’t be able to reach into the sink or move around the kitchen freely.

In most cases, we recommend that you stick with walls between 9’6″ and 11’1″. The extra 6″ will allow for enough space so that people can comfortably walk around in front of your full-size appliances without bumping into them (or worse yet—bumping into whomever is behind them). You may also want to consider making sure there’s enough clearance at both ends of this section so that someone could walk through with their arms raised above their head without having any trouble doing so (i.e., if they wanted access behind those appliances).

Purchase Materials for Your Temporary Wall

When you’re ready to begin installing your temporary wall, you’ll need to purchase the following materials:

  • Wood: The type of wood used for the studs will depend on what’s offered at your local hardware store. Make sure that whatever kind of wood you choose, it’s dry and doesn’t have any cracks in it.
  • Drywall: The thickness of drywall will also vary depending on where you live and what kind of building codes are enforced there. For example, if all buildings must meet certain safety standards when it comes to fire protection measures such as fireproofing and sprinkler systems, then there may be stricter requirements when building a temporary wall than in other areas where these measures aren’t necessary (or don’t exist).

The best way to find out what size pieces are required is by visiting your local hardware store or lumberyard office (which may have separate departments for both materials) and asking someone who works there—they’ll know exactly which sizes they carry or can order them if they don’t already stock them!

If given an option between white or off-white sheets made from gypsum plaster called gypsum board; go with white because this allows light penetration better than colored boards do — even though darker colors absorb more heat during summer months..

Create a Floor Plan for Your Temporary Wall

Before you begin to build, you’ll need to create a floor plan of your temporary wall. This will help you determine if there’s enough room in the apartment for you to be able to safely move around while it’s being built. It will also give you an idea of how much space there is around the area that needs filling in by the temporary wall.

As long as there isn’t any electricity running behind where your temporary wall is going (or any other pipes or wires), then this task should be relatively easy. However, if there are any power lines or other utilities nearby, make sure that they are properly marked before beginning construction so as not to accidentally damage them during installation.

Gather Tools Needed to Build a Temporary Wall

You’ll need some of the following tools to build a temporary wall:

  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer drill (or cordless drill)
  • Circular saw (if you plan to make cuts yourself)

You may also want to have the following items on hand: A tape measure, level, carpenter’s square, utility knife and chalk line. These will help ensure that your wall is built straight and even.

Cut Wood for Studs and Top and Bottom Plates

Now that you’ve got the measurements for your wall, it’s time to cut the wood. You can use a circular saw or table saw to do this step, but be sure to use a speed square to make sure your cuts are straight and accurate. Then use a tape measure with a pencil attached on one end and mark down where each stud should go, taking into account that there will be two studs per opening (one at each end of each piece), so it’s important that they’re spaced evenly apart on both sides of the openings. Now measure them all again with another tape measure using your marks as guides. Cut out any extra material from around those marks using a chisel or hammer and nail set until you have four pieces that match those measurements exactly and look nice and straight!

Now choose where in your apartment building this temporary wall will go; make sure it’s somewhere where you’ll get plenty of use out of it.

Screw Top and Bottom Plates to Studs

After you’ve secured your plates to the studs, use a level to make sure they’re all level. Next, screw the studs together into framed sections. You can do this using a drill and long screws (or nails), depending on whether you have access to electricity in your apartment. Make sure that you nail or screw them in at an angle so they angle away from each other, which will help support the drywall later on.

Once your framing is complete, place another piece of plywood between two studs and secure it with more screws or nails through its top plate.

Assemble the Frame of Your Temporary Wall

Assemble the Frame of Your Temporary Wall

Assembling the frame of your temporary wall is an important step in building a temporary wall, but it’s also one that can be done quickly. All you have to do is:

  • Screw the studs together into framed sections of drywall. Make sure that each section has at least one stud on each side and is firmly attached to another part of the frame before proceeding.
  • Attach top plate to ceiling joists to anchor your temporary wall in place by screwing them directly onto top plates where applicable – this will help prevent sagging or slumping over time due to heavy weight placed against it from above (like furniture). If there isn’t enough space between beams above, consider using “L” braces instead which will provide similar strength without interfering with any wires or ductwork present inside your apartment’s ceilings! Don’t forget these details when making plans!

Elevate the Temporaray Wall Frame with Jackstands or Lumber

Once the frame is set in place, use a level to make sure that the temporary wall is straight. If you don’t have one handy, use shims or lumber to prop up the bottom of the frame until you can install drywall. Once your temporary wall is straight and level, it’s time to attach drywall.

  • Make sure your tools are up-to-date with today’s technology by using a digital stud finder to locate studs behind drywall or plaster walls. This will make sure that everything fits together properly before you start nailing anything down!
  • Use drywall screws instead of nails when assembling studs for extra strength and stability. Shims work great for filling gaps between studs and ceiling joists above them if necessary

Attach Top Plate to Ceiling Joists to Anchor the Temporary Wall in Place

The top plate will be attached to the ceiling joists using metal straps or metal lath. After locating the joists with a stud finder, attach the top plate to them using metal straps.

You can support your frame with jackstands or lumber until you get it situated on top of 2x4s laid lengthwise across your floor, underneath the studs. Screw these 2x4s into place as well as each other using 3 inch screws.

Screw Studs Together into Framed Sections of Drywall

  • Screw studs together into framed sections of drywall.
  • Drywall on one side, then drywall on other side, caulk baseboard, paint the wall and enjoy your new wall

Install Drywall on One Side of the Temporary Wall Only

  • Place a level on the drywall to make sure that it is straight.
  • Use a pencil to mark the studs.
  • Attach the drywall to the studs using screws, making sure that they are long enough so that they do not poke through into your apartment.
  • Cut off any excess drywall with a saw or utility knife if necessary after you have attached the sheets to each other and secured them to the studs in order to create an airtight seal against moisture infiltration (which could lead to mold growth).
  • Apply tape over any seams between two sheets of drywall as needed before painting them with joint compound (dowel paste) in order for them not be visible when finished painting; also sand down any rough edges left by cutting tools using sandpaper first then apply joint compound until smooth absorption occurs after 24 hours drying time has elapsed before finishing up by painting over top again once more with another coat releasing surface tension built up during drying time by repeating steps 1 through 4 until desired results are achieved which may take multiple coats depending upon paper thickness used originally plus how many layers were applied initially during initial installation stage because most companies tend to skimp on quality control measures due

Get all your items together, plan carefully, and then build it up

Get all your items together, plan carefully, and then build it up

You will need:

  • The materials for your wall. This can include sheets of plywood or MDF board (which you can find at home improvement stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot), a few pieces of 2×4 wood for framing out the walls, and some nails or screws to attach everything together. You’ll need enough materials to build a wall that is roughly 8 feet tall by 12 feet wide (or longer if you want it to span multiple rooms). If you have an idea of what style and shape you’re looking for in your temporary wall, now would be a good time to have an image handy so that as we discuss each step below, we know what direction this process should take us in creating our temporary divider.
  • A hammer and nails/screws depending on whether or not your chosen material requires them to be nailed/screwed together (if so)


I hope this article was helpful and you learned everything you need to know about building temporary walls in apartments. The most important thing is to check with your landlord first and make sure they don’t have any rules against it. Even if they do, there is probably something else you can do instead of a wall that will give you the same benefits without breaking any laws or getting into trouble

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