A pony wall is a low wall used to segregate different areas in a room. They are great for large rooms that need some definition, like living rooms or dining rooms that extend into the kitchen.
Building a pony wall is not very complicated and can be done on your own. Any future changes can be easily made. Precision is most important at each stage of drawing, measuring and cutting.
Step 1: Drafting The Plans
Take your time in designing and drafting your pony wall. Your success depends on the accuracy of the design. You can use your own imagination to draw the design, or use a special software program to guide you.
Step Two: Cutting The Lumber
Cut 3 pieces of 2-by-4 wood into a little above 4½-foot sections to make a frame.
Cut 5 pieces of 2-by-4 down to 3 feet 1 inch.
Fix these between the top and the bottom pieces with the help of 3-inch long nails.
Step Three: Install The Frame
Place the frame near the wall where you intend to fix it.
Make a point on the wall at 4 feet and on the floor at 3 feet. Ensure that the angle created between the wall and the floor measures exactly 5 feet.
When you are sure of the measurements, you can fix the frame to the wall using screws.
Step Four: Prepare the Frame
Place one more 2-by-4 on the frame top and attach it using 2-inch nails.
Fix thin ply on both the sides using 2-inch nails.
Cut the top plate according to your design and fix it using nails. The width should be 1 foot, and the length can be based on the space available and your design.
Step Five: Attach the Molding
Once you are done with the plate, attach the molding. Even out harsh surfaces with sand paper. You may take some time on this, since the smoother the surface, the better the finishing.
Step Six: Joint Compound
The step is to use the joint compound. For a professional look, use texture.
Step Seven: Finishing
Apply paint and you are done with building your own pony wall.