A large bedroom can provide needed private space on separate sides of a wall. For example, couples with separate schedules might wish to create areas for sitting or sleeping away from the main bed. A wall can create a separate dressing space for early risers as well. If you have two small children who will both use the master bedroom, dividing the master suite into two separate bedroom areas will provide more privacy for them.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Dimensions of the bedroom
- Measuring tape
- Nails and screws
- Electric screwdriver
- Baseboard materials
- Crown moulding
- Joint compound
- Electric wiring
- Electric outlet boxes
- Light fixtures
Decide where to place a dividing wall by carefully measuring the room. Try to place the new wall where you can incorporate existing wiring to run new outlets and light fixtures on the wall. This wiring might come from a wall area in a room beneath the master bedroom or above it. You can make a dividing wall only 4 to 6 feet in height, or you can frame the wall to reach from floor to ceiling.
Nail the new wall framing to the bedroom floor area. Use an electric screwdriver to make sure the framing will stay secure. Frame the wall to the height you desire. Consider framing part of the dividing wall to serve as a bookcase or storage area for art objects. You can always make the wall a few inches wider to accommodate this space.
Install electric wiring to reach outlets in one or both sides of the wall. Secure electric outlets in place. Drywall the divider wall and trim with wood moulding. Install crown moulding at the top. Once flooring is finished to adjoin the wall properly, install baseboards around all of the divider wall area.
Give special attention to the room sections you have divided. You might need to install track lighting in a certain area. Or, you might install a built-in wall unit in a certain part of the room for a reading or study area. Go ahead and make these changes while the room is under construction. It's easier to build shelves, install tile flooring or add other amenities while furniture is out of the space.
Paint all drywall, crown moulding and baseboard areas. Use colours on both sides of the divider wall that will harmonise with each other. Keep the room's moulding and baseboards all one colour, regardless of the colours you use on the walls. Use flat paint or semigloss paint on all walls areas. Use semigloss or high gloss paint on the wood trim and crown moulding.
Tips and warnings
- If you divide a master bedroom to create a study area, sitting area or bath and dressing area, use colours that tie all of the area together. You want the space to look integrated from every standpoint. If the spaces seem cramped after installing a wall, include mirror tiles and more lighting in parts of the room to make the area seem larger.
- Design the wall to look as if it was part of the original house plans. You don't want the divider wall to look like an afterthought in the home's design, or it will devalue the home's market value.
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