Finish Your Attic: How to Build Attic Walls - Part 2

What You'll Need
Sole plates

In part 1 of this guide to building attic walls, you cut the plates and the studs, and you will now learn how to finish your walls by creating and installing a box. These boxes are frames designed to be built on the floor and then installed onto the wall, so make sure you have a large enough attic space to construct these walls.

You will also have to have several sheets of drywall with which to finish creating the walls. In Part 2, you will learn how to create the frames, fit them into the walls using shims, attach them to the walls using nails, and finish them using a drywall sheet.

Step 1 - Build the Frame

To build the frame for your attic walls, you will need to gather together the parts that you have already made, including the sole plates and the stud timbers. You should have cut them to the right length for the wall, and the studs should be cut to fit the sole plates. Use your screwdriver or a drill to connect 2 stud timbers at either end of the sole plate. Add the remaining stud timbers every few inches until you have an even square frame.

Step 2 - Evening the Frame

Before you can install the frame on the walls, you need to make sure that it is even and level. One way to do this is to hold a plumb line against the side of the frame. Do this at either end, and check that the frame is level. You can then place it against the side of the wall.

Install the frame against one side, and then use the plumb again to determine whether it will be even. You may hammer in a few shims to ensure that the frame is properly even. Nail the frames to the wall, with nails spaced evenly along the distance.

Step 3 - Add the Drywall

Now, finish the installation by attaching the drywall. Drywall sheets are easily attached to the outside of the frame. Line up the drywall with the studs and the sole plate at the top of the roof and then nail it into place. You can then align the next drywall with this and again nail it into position.

Once you have finished installing the drywall, add a layer of plaster over the surface of the drywall and leave it for 24 hours. When the plaster is dry on the wall, you can then cover it over with either a layer of paint or some wall paper. That's it! Your attic walls are complete.