How to build a storage partition

You can build partition walls, room dividers, and even fitted cupboards on the same simple principle – upright studs with sheet material fixed to them.

The one important thing is to make the studs secure at top and bottom. This is best done by nailing or jointing them into horizontal lengths of wood (the top and sole plates) which have themselves been firmly attached to ceiling and floor.

After that, it’s up to you. The basic framework needn’t run straight across the room: it can turn a corner or corners; it can stop part of the way up or across. Moreover, once you’ve ensured that it’s stable, you can add all manner of refinements.

Extra glazing and a serving hatch are two major possibilities. All you need are noggins in the right places, and further lining pieces, screwed on in the same way as for a door. There are also plenty of claddings more decorative than ordinary plasterboard, for example, timber panelling and specially coated hardboards. And don’t forget the opportunities provided by all the different types of mouldings in wood and plaster, such as skirtings and cornices, which you can use to make your new wall indistinguishable from the rest of the room.

Privacy and storage

The well-planned scheme shown here does two major jobs in one. It thoroughly separates the bedroom from the bathroom (while providing a doorway between the two), and I adds ample storage space to both rooms. Yet it’s just another variation on a simple theme.

Two identical parallel frameworks, each fixed to walls, ceiling and floor, are joined by cross-pieces. The rest is just a matter of adding bits: external cladding: internal panels to divide the cupboards; an extra piece of timber either side of the door to act as doorstops and to take the hinges; skirtings; cupboard doors; and a main door.

Since the main door is a standard size, the top of the opening at each end has been filled with a sheet of thin plywood. The cupboards have been arranged so that they align with the top of the door— a detail which helps to tie the whole design together.

On the bedroom side, the cupboard doors and cladding have been finished in highly textured paint. The walls of the passageway between the rooms are covered in cork tiles, for warmth.

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