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grkaras 04-13-2013 06:02 PM

Understairs basemet cover up
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We are re doing our basement finally. 2 or 3 walls are dry wall, ceiling is dry wall and the other side walls are brick. The walls (dry wall and brick) are painted a cream color. But we have this open spot under the stairs that we'd like to cover up. ( See pic) Any DIY ideas to cover it up?

bbo 04-13-2013 06:28 PM

frame and drywall.

grkaras 04-13-2013 06:36 PM

Sorry I should have specified. A *cheaper DYI project" we don't know how to drywall

GBrackins 04-13-2013 06:39 PM

wall paper, and you could learn how to drywall ....

user1007 04-13-2013 07:08 PM

Sure you do not want access to use the space for storage?

A basement would be a good place to start learning to drywall. Most books on astrophysics and rocket engine design have at least one chapter dedicated to drywalling but it is not that complex.

It is two bad that paneling got trimmed to the bottom of the staircase. You could have brought that all the way down.

grkaras 04-13-2013 08:09 PM

Yeah we were thinking of possibly adding another layer of paneling which would be longer to cover it up but we aren't sure.

Dry wall seems difficult because there is also a pole on the wall side (away from the stairs) which tht part of the wall is dry walled. So we would have to rip that dry wall out and rip the paneling out. Then build the frame. It seems like more than we could handle at this time.

We do not want to keep it open as the other side of the stairs is open and will continue to be open so we do not want both sides open.

joecaption 04-13-2013 10:27 PM

The easyest, fastest, cheapes way would be to frame it and drywall it.
Going to have to frame and drywall it any way even if you want to use paneling over it or the paneling is going to be all wavy and have 0 strength.

fetzer85 04-14-2013 01:56 AM


Originally Posted by grkaras (Post 1158626)
We do not want to keep it open as the other side of the stairs is open and will continue to be open so we do not want both sides open.

I must be confused. The picture looks like the other side of the stairs is already framed in so why aren't you closing in that side?

user1007 04-14-2013 04:11 AM

I guess I am confused now too.:eek:

joecaption 04-14-2013 07:15 AM

If that area is going to be left open on one side then the underside of those stairs by code need to be covered with 5/8 fire code drywall.

grkaras 04-14-2013 01:53 PM

Yes even though the other side is framed we are not dry walling that for at least a few more years. The side we need covered up is the side the carpet is on

fetzer85 04-14-2013 02:45 PM

Hang a sheet up for now and when you're ready frame it up and drywall it.

joecaption 04-14-2013 05:25 PM

Because you have not done something before is 0 reason not to do it.
If I followed that reasoning I'd never get anything done.

brockmiera 04-15-2013 11:21 AM

I know that you are against drywalling this area but if you do decide to do it we can walk you thru the steps. It is quite simple and you don't even need specialty tools to get it done. Before you decide one way or the other, could you step back about 15 steps and take another picture of that area? It looks like the plane of your stairs and the plane of that drywalled area don't line up. Is that correct?

grkaras 04-15-2013 06:52 PM

Yes that is correct. They don't match up exactly. The dry wall (to the right) is about a half an inch farther out than the wood panel on the stairs. But you can't tell too much because there is the pole right where the drywall and opening (wood panel) meet.

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