Temporary wall suggestions


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John

We need to build a temporary wall to create a bedroom in an apartment
building. The wall needs to be approximately 12 feet long and probably
about 7.5 feet high. It will need to have a door in it.

Any suggestions? I could always frame it /sheetrock it in the usual
manner, but I'd like to find an easier/quicker alternative. Are there
prefab walls out there?

I thought of office cubicles, but those walls usually aren't high
enough -- or are they?

Thanks,

John
 
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KLM

We need to build a temporary wall to create a bedroom in an apartment
building. The wall needs to be approximately 12 feet long and probably
about 7.5 feet high. It will need to have a door in it.

Any suggestions? I could always frame it /sheetrock it in the usual
manner, but I'd like to find an easier/quicker alternative. Are there
prefab walls out there?

I thought of office cubicles, but those walls usually aren't high
enough -- or are they?

Japanese type sliding-nested wall panels? Will provide privacy and a
door but won't prevent anyone walking through them.
 
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Dan Hartung

John said:
We need to build a temporary wall to create a bedroom in an apartment
building.
It's important to know whether you own this building, or rent the
apartment in it. If the latter, you probably do not have the right to
make structural changes without express permission from the landlord
(not to mention the city). This would include any kind of framing, no
matter how intentionally "temporary".
The wall needs to be approximately 12 feet long and probably
about 7.5 feet high. It will need to have a door in it.

Any suggestions? I could always frame it /sheetrock it in the usual
manner, but I'd like to find an easier/quicker alternative. Are there
prefab walls out there?

I thought of office cubicles, but those walls usually aren't high
enough -- or are they?
This last comment suggests you don't need the room to be completely
private. Yes, you can get cubicle-type walls that are at least head
height -- I believe I've seen them up to about 8 feet tall. So this
could meet your needs for creating a semi-private space without altering
the building and allowing easy knock-down.

You could do this without going the office route, too (you're not the
first person to want to subdivide a room). Since you're ready to
sheetrock, I assume that temporary doesn't mean opening and closing the
room more than once. But there are a variety of ways to subdivide a room
in more flexible ways.

Japanese (Z-folding) screens would be one way. You can buy them, or
easily fabricate your own even with rudimentary woodworking skills (i.e.
cutting a straight line, installing hinges). A heavy curtain would be
another way. Sliding partitions would probably require framing-like work
and lots of wall fasteners or braces.

I think I like the office cubicle idea best, though. What's the room to
be used for? Guests? Work from home?
 
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Tom Baker

KLM said:
Japanese type sliding-nested wall panels? Will provide privacy and a
door but won't prevent anyone walking through them.
they used to market inflatable walls for this use in NYC.
TB
 
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Brad Bruce

(e-mail address removed) (John) wrote in @posting.google.com:
We need to build a temporary wall to create a bedroom in an apartment
building. The wall needs to be approximately 12 feet long and probably
about 7.5 feet high. It will need to have a door in it.

Any suggestions? I could always frame it /sheetrock it in the usual
manner, but I'd like to find an easier/quicker alternative. Are there
prefab walls out there?

I thought of office cubicles, but those walls usually aren't high
enough -- or are they?

Thanks,

John
Here's another one...

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/knowhow/adding/article/0,16417,199843,00.ht
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Brad
 

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