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Old 10-29-2014, 01:20 AM   #1
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so i am framing out a semi closet space. the studs are in place, but instead of drywall or plywood, what's another good material i can use for walls? the reason being i want something super light weight. this is in a tiny closet space about 4ft by 4. it needs to be about 1in thick

i was thinking like a rigid foam board. would that work? aesthetics isnt a big issue

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Old 10-29-2014, 02:07 AM   #2
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Aesthetics is not your issue. Foam would be destroyed in no time.

Why not Drywall? It's only 1/2" thick.

Why are you worried about weight?
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Old 10-29-2014, 02:58 AM   #3
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ItCan't Stand In It So I Won't Destroy It. NeedsToBe 1In thick
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Attaching 3/4 cleats then 1/4 panels? Would be cheaper.
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You could use XPS insulation, it's stiffer then EPS and doesn't have fiberglass like ISO, you would need some wide plates to attach it as regular screws with no plates will not hold it. This will be ugly as a finish. Another thing you could do would be use 3/4" EPS or XPS and 1/4" paneling. Still light weight, still 1" and will look a lot better. Even though aesthetics are not an issue after a while I would be asking my self why I did that.
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Foam can not be left exposed, Why not just use paneling?
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Federer,I'm a beginner too,but I have framed a few interior walls. I can't understand your 1" requirement?
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Hard board or MDF. Hardboard comes in various thickness and is pretty strong. You can get it 1/4" thick or 1" thick. But 1" thick is probably heavier than Gypsum Board.

Gyp. bd (drywall) is probably the cheapest lightest option that will be able to last.

There are some corrugated plastics that are lighter that are an inch thick, but they are somewhat translucent.
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Attaching 3/4 cleats then 1/4 panels? Would be cheaper.
good idea! cheaper and light
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You could use XPS insulation, it's stiffer then EPS and doesn't have fiberglass like ISO, you would need some wide plates to attach it as regular screws with no plates will not hold it. This will be ugly as a finish. Another thing you could do would be use 3/4" EPS or XPS and 1/4" paneling. Still light weight, still 1" and will look a lot better. Even though aesthetics are not an issue after a while I would be asking my self why I did that.
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Foam can not be left exposed, Why not just use paneling?
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Hard board or MDF. Hardboard comes in various thickness and is pretty strong. You can get it 1/4" thick or 1" thick. But 1" thick is probably heavier than Gypsum Board.

Gyp. bd (drywall) is probably the cheapest lightest option that will be able to last.

There are some corrugated plastics that are lighter that are an inch thick, but they are somewhat translucent.
thank you for the input everyone.

i will be using some kind of paneling over the foam/etc to hide it. it needs 1 inch because its a closet that was badly framed out.

joe why cant foam be exposed?

i didnt want to go mdf route. and it doesnt come in 1in thickness.

yea the XPS with panel was my first thought
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The foam cannot be left exposed because it's a fire code issue.
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The foam cannot be left exposed because it's a fire code issue.
ah gotcha. thank you. i plan on putting wallpaper over it
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so to give you guys better idea this is what i am talking about.

the closet is sort of built into the wall under the roof/rafters

nothing is square, hence needing all the furring out. because its such a tiny space i decided i didnt want to add more weight with drywall/plywood. i am just going to store misc items in there sort of like a storage space.
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