How to Frame an Interior Wall with Metal Studs
Whether you're building a new house or adding a wall to an existing structure, you'll first need to frame the wall. We'll show you how to use metal studs for the job.
Metal studs have a lot to offer a homeowner who's considering a remodeling project. Metal studs are straight when you buy them, and stay that way. They don't burn, rust, or rot, and termites and other insects can't eat them. They don't burn like wood and are lightweight and easy to cut and fasten. Plus, the factory-punched holes eliminate drilling for the installation of wiring and plumbing, which speeds along those tasks. There's a lot to like.
We'll walk you through the process for framing an interior wall with metal studs. Most walls in remodeling projects are non load-bearing, meaning they don't help support the weight of the house. If you need to build a load-bearing wall, make sure your metal studs are rated for that use. If you're accustomed to working with wood construction, metal studs may initially seem flimsy. That' because they'e not designed for strength on their own—instead, they partner with the drywall as a systems approach to wall construction.
When working with a helper, allow at least one hour for a simple 8-foot-long wall that runs perpendicular to the home's joists. Framing openings such as doorways or windows will add time to the project. Also, make sure you're able to complete basic DIY tasks, like measuring, cutting metal, and using a stud finder.