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Question DetailsAsked on 6/2/2014

Cost effective way to add a temporary wall partition?

We want to add a temporary wall partition to our living room so part of it can be used as an extra bedroom. I've heard pressurized walls that do little to no damage to the building are quite popular and cheap in New York (I believe you can rent them for $1000/year) but I can't find similar services out here. All estimates we've gotten for the wall are between $3000 to $4000. Any ideas for a way to do this for less while still creating a space that provides enough privacy to be used as a bedroom?

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You can google this phrase - wall partition images - for ideas and links.

Common methods, especially if one as a guest bedroom for a couple of days, not a longer-term in-law type situation :

1) Custom made fiber partitions - basically office cubicle walls but made to fit your opening

2) Double layer of drapes - theater curtain weight

3) bypass door panels made of fiber partitions or cork or other sound absorbent covered plywood, hanging from bypass door tracks

4) folding screens - think chinese / japanese screens

5) japanese fabric walls - like rice paper walls but with a thicker, more sound absorbent curtain material, built like a screened porch with 2x2's

6) google these search phrases - inflatable wall panel - or - inflatable wall - or - inflatable bunker for the inflatable walls you are talking about - some even available at Amazon ! Of course, be aware of shipping costs - they are heavy.

Note some of these ideas would not meet code in some areas, either due to flammability or lack of rigidity.

Unfortunately, the $3-4,000 solution range sounds more in the ballpark for a 14-20' living room partition than $1000, almost no matter what you use to build it. It might well be that a normal insulated drywall wall, built into the space with fabric padding to prevent sticking at the existing ceiling and walls might be the easiest - install with screws or lag bolts to facilitate removal if needed in future and to minimize holes in existing walls. You can get a double-sided drywalled stud wall, painted, for about $5-10/SF depending on your locale andlocal labor costs - so in the $1000 plus or minus range without door - add $300 or so for a cheap door installed at same time. Toughest part is if you have hardwood floors and don't want holes in it - could shim heavily at the top to make a pressfit, though that would not be to code.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


I just built one out of 2 by 4's for the frame to fit from the ceiling to the floor and how wide you need it. I used paneling to finish the outer sides. You have to use roll out foam like you use for packing things, to go on any surface that will be touching the existing part of the house. Then you stand it up and with a hammer gently wedge it in. No damage to your house. It cost me $100 and about 3 hours of my time. I had Home Depot make all the cuts for me so when I got home, I just had to put it together. Hope this helps.

Answered 5 years ago by Sgaddam

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