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Old 05-07-2011, 07:13 AM   #1
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Drywall frame without connecting to the floor and ceiling

Hello all,

I am about to get involved in some risky business...

I rent a studio which I would like to make into a 1 bedroom flat. The landlord does not allow drilling in the ceiling and the floor so I am going to try to build a drywall without connecting it to either. The drywall will include a sliding door (IKEA Lyngdal wardrobe door , which I already have ).

The slightly open L shape of the drywall, together with connecting the end studs of it to the current walls, are expected to suffice in holding the wall in place.

If you can take a look at the attached images of the planned wall and tell me your opinion, I would be very grateful!

View from outside
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:42 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by ykykyk View Post
connecting the end studs of it to the current walls
Welcome to the forum.

I see no reason this would fail if done well.
I'd have to question as to WHY you want to do it though.



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Old 05-07-2011, 04:22 PM   #3
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hmm, it might work.

My only concern would be at the wall intersection, especially with that wide of a door opening.

I would definitely double both the bottom and top plates, and overlap (stagger) the plates at the joints, to tie the two walls intogether,(at the 45 intersection). If you have your plates like the one in your plan, I would not expect that wall to be stable.

what kind of ceiling do you have, drywall and wood frame? or concrete?
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Believe it or not, I have used velcro tape for temporary art display walls. It worked well and caused minimal damage.
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Check with your landlord and Fire Marshall on this conversion. You may need an egress window if a sleeping room, heat, natural light, ventilation, etc. I'm surprised if he lets you convert it for the liability involved....

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