Temporary wall suggestions

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by John, Jul 9, 2004.

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    John Guest

    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
     
    John, Jul 9, 2004
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    KLM Guest


    Japanese type sliding-nested wall panels? Will provide privacy and a
    door but won't prevent anyone walking through them.
     
    KLM, Jul 9, 2004
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    Dan Hartung Guest

    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".
    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?
     
    Dan Hartung, Jul 9, 2004
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    Tom Baker Guest

    they used to market inflatable walls for this use in NYC.
    TB
     
    Tom Baker, Jul 10, 2004
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    Brad Bruce Guest

    (John) wrote in @posting.google.com:
    Here's another one...

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

    Brad
     
    Brad Bruce, Jul 10, 2004
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