So you live in a mobile home, and you’d like to add an interior wall? Good news: You don’t have to pay someone else to do this for you! Building an interior wall yourself is just as easy as any other type of home renovation project. All it takes are some tools, some materials, and a little bit of patience. Here’s how to get started:
Step 1: Measure the length of the wall, and cut the two-by-four studs with a saw.
Measure the length of the wall, and cut the two-by-four studs with a saw. Make sure to measure from corner-to-corner.
- Cut two pieces of 2×4 lumber to this measurement, with one piece being an inch longer than the other
- Mount them onto your worktable by placing nails through the top sides into predrilled holes in your benchtop, which will secure them in place while you do any cutting or drilling
Step 2: Use wood glue and screws to attach the studs to the ceiling joists.
Before attaching the studs, use a level to ensure that they are straight and firmly set in place. Then use wood glue to make sure that you have a solid connection between the ceiling joists and your studs. To attach them with screws, use two 2-inch screws per each stud (one at each end). Use longer screws if possible so they can go through both sides of the stud and into your ceiling joist.
Step 3: Line up the first sheet of drywall using a level and secure it to the studs with nails or screws. Repeat with other pieces of drywall until your wall is covered.
- Level the studs.
- Align the first sheet of drywall using a level and secure it to the studs with nails or screws. Repeat with other pieces of drywall until your wall is covered.
- Use wood glue and screws if you want, but trust us: nails should be enough to hold everything together tightly enough for now.
- Some steps to take after you finish the wall: cover all seams with mesh tape; cover the tape with joint compound; let the compound dry before applying primer paint (so you don’t mess up all your hard work!).
Step 4: Apply mesh tape to all seams in the walls, overlapping strips slightly. Run knife over tape to flatten out any wrinkles or bubbles.
You’ll want to use a utility knife and a level to make sure the tape is straight, but also make sure it’s tight against the drywall. Use your putty knife or drywall knife to smooth out any wrinkles and bubbles in the mesh tape.
Step 5: Cover the mesh tape with joint compound, making sure there are no gaps along joints. Run your knife over any seams again to flatten out bumps or gaps. Repeat until all seams are filled, and you’ve smoothed out all remaining rough spots on your wall.
Once your wall is plastered, let it dry for 48 hours. Then prime it and paint as desired.
You can also use mesh tape with a drywall compound that contains wood flour, which will add strength to your walls by reinforcing them with tiny sawdust particles (like fiberglass) that bond to the wall as you smooth out the joint compound. Most hardware stores sell this type of joint compound in ready-made bags or buckets; follow their instructions for application and drying time before applying paint or wallpaper over top of it
Step 6: Allow your drywall compound to dry for 48 hours, then apply primer paint followed by two coats of paint in your choice of color. Make sure to use deep base primer so you have a uniform surface for painting on top of it.
Step 6: Allow your drywall compound to dry for 48 hours, then apply primer paint followed by two coats of paint in your choice of color. Make sure to use deep base primer so you have a uniform surface for painting on top of it. Apply mesh tape to all seams in the wall, overlapping strips slightly. Run knife over tape to flatten out any wrinkles or bubbles before applying joint compound over it, making sure there are no gaps along joints. Run knife over seams again to flatten out bumps or gaps.
You can build an interior wall in a mobile home yourself if you have basic carpentry skills and some tools!
You can build an interior wall in a mobile home if you have basic carpentry skills and some tools.
Before starting, make sure to measure the length of your new wall. If it’s longer than 8 feet (2.4 meters), you’ll need to cut two sheets of drywall to fit across the width of your wall.
With these measurements in hand, use drywall nails or screws to hold each sheet of drywall in place at either end of your framed opening (where the studs meet).
Make sure that both sheets are level with one another so they will match perfectly when they’re installed on opposite walls later on! You could use a carpenter’s square or tape measure if you don’t have one handy; just remember which way is up and down—that way when it comes time for installation day, there won’t be any surprises!
Building interior walls in mobile homes is not difficult if you have the right tools and knowledge. You can do it yourself or hire a professional to help you out with this project. There are many different ways to build an interior wall, but this one should be easy enough even for beginners.