How to construct a fake wall

Written by chris moore
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How to construct a fake wall
A fake wall can be made to look like any wall. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A fake wall is useful in a number of ways. In a home it can help block openings where wires and pipes show. It can be part of a stereo/entertainment system for installing screens/speakers. It can also be a scenery prop for a stage production. What you are using the wall for will greatly determine the materials and decoration you choose for it, but any wall requires a sturdy frame to start with.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • 2-by-4 inch lumber
  • Saw
  • Carpenter's square/ruler
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Wood glue
  • Plywood/drywall/foam boards

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  1. 1

    Cut two 2-by-4 inch boards to the height you intend the wall to be to make the wall studs; add another stud for each 3 feet of width if the wall is to be more than 5 feet wide. Cut two more boards to the wall's desired width.

  2. 2

    Nail the boards together to assemble the rectangular frame of the wall, making sure the wider sides of the boards form the top, bottom and outer edges. Place and nail the inner studs so they are equidistant from each other and the sides.

  3. 3

    Cut two extra boards 1 to 2 feet in length -- the needed length can vary depending on the size of the wall -- and nail these boards to the bottom rear corners of the wall frame so they are perpendicular to the wall. The wall will stand on these boards.

  4. 4

    Add a diagonal brace to each foot: Measure and cut the brace boards so they will form an equilateral triangle with the wall and foot, stopping a third to halfway out on the foot. Glue and nail them in place.

  5. 5

    Cut out the material for the face of the wall, using a knife or hand saw, to the correct size for the frame. The material you use can vary according to your needs, from foam boards to plywood to drywall.

  6. 6

    Nail the face to the front side of the frame.

  7. 7

    Decorate the wall face according to what you are using it for. This can involve paint or wallpaper to match another wall, acoustic fabric for a sound system or painting it to your design as a wall prop.

Tips and warnings

  • Place weights at the ends of the wall's feet to balance it and ensure that it stays upright.

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