How to Frame a Floating Wall
Use a floating wall to create a division in any room or space for privacy or simple aesthetics. The beauty of this type of wall is that it can mimic the exact look of a real wall, but doesn't call for the high cost or major construction. You can do this home improvement project in just a matter of hours, and the procedure is extremely simple. All the skills you need for this project is the ability to measure and cut things accurately.
Step 1 – Determine the Wall’s Dimensions
Before you can even begin this project, you need to decide on the dimensions first. Using a tape measure mark the strip of the floor that you wish to attach a floating wall to. You can use chalk to mark the line. Now, you have the length of your floating wall. Now measure the distance between the ceiling and the floor, and subtract 3” to that height to account for the top and bottom plates when using 2x4-inch boards.
Step 2 – Cut the Boards
With the measurements that you took, cut the boards to size. Use a speed square when marking the boards to ensure that you everything is cut straight. Basically, the number of joists that your floating wall will have depends on the length of your floating wall. Places joists 16 inches apart from each other throughout the entire wall.
Step 3 – Lay Out the Boards
When you are done cutting all of the boards, you can start laying them out. Place the top and bottom plates horizontally and position the joists perpendicularly to those plates. Remember to appropriately space out the joists.
Step 4 – Secure the Boards
When you have everything laid out the way you want, you can start securing the boards together. Using a nail gun, drive two nails for every board.
Step 5 – Secure the Floating Wall
When you are done securing all the boards together, you can raise the floating wall and attach it to the floor. You may need to employ the help of a few people for this step.
Position the floating wall along the marked line. You can use a mallet to help you adjust the position of your floating wall. Once you have the wall where you want it to be, you can nail down the wall to the floor with the use of a Ramset.
Step 6 – Finish Up
You have your floating wall in place you can start modifying it however you want. You can probably attach plywood on the sides of the wall and finish everything by painting your floating wall.