Framing Basics for Walls and Ceilings

Adding a wall to your home? Read this first. We'll show you how to frame with different materials, frame corners and curved walls, and much more.

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In the construction industry, two different trades cooperate in wall construction: the rough-in carpenters set the framing and the drywall crew hangs and finishes the panels. But when you're handling the details of both trades in a remodeling project, working carefully as a framer makes your job easier when you switch to your drywalling role. This section reveals ways to check your work to ensure that the walls are flat and doorway openings are plumb and aligned. You'll also discover how to correct a wavy ceiling, add furring strips so your new ceiling is smooth and flat, and much more. 

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How to Frame an Interior Wall with Wood Studs

Adding a wall to your home is no small feat. It's a multi-step process that requires precision and time. Building the frame is one of the most important steps since it sets the tone for the rest of the project. When framing with wood studs, your construction will either run parallel or perpendicular to the ceiling joists. We'll show you how to build and install a wood frame for both wall types. 

How to Frame an Interior Wall with Wood Studs

How to Frame an Interior Wall with Metal Studs

Wood is the traditional choice for wall framing, but check out the advantages of metal framing for your next remodeling project. If you're converting an attic into extra living space, you can simply tuck a bundle of ten metal studs under your arm and walk up the stairs. If you're making a basement or garage recreation room, metal studs eliminate a food source for termites, ants, and other insects. And there's no tedious lumber sorting in the quest for straight studs. Metal studs start straight and stay that way.

Learn How to Frame a Wall with Metal Studs

How to Frame a Corner

When you build a wall, you have to account for interior and exterior corners, as well as T-walls. There are a number of framing options for each corner type, and we'll walk you through each option. We also provide tips for framing corners with both wood and metal materials. 

Learn How to Frame a Corner

How to Frame a Curved Wall

Curved walls have the power to add major dramatic interest to your home. These architectural feats can be simple and sweeping or undulating waves that bring movement to a space. Framing curved walls offers a unique challenge, but the process can be simplified with a flexible metal track. Our how-to guide walks you through the process for framing a curved wall and offers need-to-know advice along the way.

Learn How to Frame a Curved Wall

Checking and Correcting Framing

As mentioned earlier, precision is especially important when framing a wall. Frames, especially wood frames, can warp or move and create inconsistencies in the wall. These deformed frames need to be replaced or adjusted before drywall is installed. Sometimes the easiest option is replacing the entire frame beam, but we'll also show you how to correct it with a process called sistering. 

Learn More About Checking and Correcting Frames

Special Framing Projects

Architectural features can separate your home from the ordinary. Consider a sweeping curved wall, a barrel-vaulted ceiling, or an archway. A soffit above new kitchen cabinets can be decorative, or it can conceal runs of heat ducts, plumbing pipes, and electrical wires.

How to Install Concrete Fasteners

Some do-it-yourselfers figure that it will be easy to anchor into the concrete of their 30-year-old house. But surprisingly, concrete usually gets stronger with age, slowly but surely getting harder for decades. Although there's a bewildering variety of concrete fasteners on the market, we've sorted them and provided installation tips so you can choose the style that's right for your project.

Learn More About How to Fasten an Interior Wall to Concrete

How to Build a Soffit

A soffit is an architectural feature that typically lives between a set of cabinets and the ceiling. It's a great space for hiding wires, ducts, and other utilities. Soffits are an easy addition to a kitchen remodeling project. Installation requires building the frame and then adding drywall and eventually paint.

Learn How to Build and Install a Soffit

How to Make a Wavy Ceiling Flat

If you're working with an older home, chances are the ceiling is no longer perfectly straight. You can go ahead and install new drywall, but the surface will still be slanted. To fix the problem permanently, you'll need to install furring strips. We'll show you how.

How to Make a Wavy Ceiling Flat

How to Soundproof Walls and Firewalls

Whether you have a musician in the family or you just prefer peace and quiet, there are many easy ways to help rooms absorb more sound. We'll introduce you to five ways to soundproof a room, plus we'll show you how to implement each technique in your own home.

Learn How to Soundproof Walls

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