Tips to Build a Temporary Wall in an Apartment

By: Jennifer Villalba August 1, 2020

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you must be aware that building a temporary wall in an apartment is common. This happens mostly in urban apartment rentals. Tenants do it mainly to divide their turn their one-bedroom apartment into two bedrooms. However, there are a lot many uses than that. It makes the entire living space multi-purpose.

Temporary walls have their fair share of benefits, and there are so many reasons for you to be interested in getting one. However, the thought must be bothering you if this project can be handled and managed by you alone. Well, it all depends on the level of your carpentry skills; the entire project also lies in the supplies and tools available. If you have what it takes to build a temporary wall, you will be able to make it without several hassles. If that is not the case, it would be better if you hire an expert.

Advantages of Temporary Walls

If you are a renter living in a big city, there ought to be less space in your apartment.  Somehow, getting yourself a temporary wall built would at least make the entire space more managed and well-arranged. This also implies that this is not a permanent fix to your apartment. However, it always is easily removed without any kind of damage to the living space. Therefore, one cannot deny the following benefits-

  • You have the luxury to alter the layout of your entire apartment.
  • It provides you and your roommates(s) privacy. This not implies to separate bedrooms; it can also be used in the bathroom to separate the vanity area and shower area.
  • A large dining room or common space can be separated by converting one into a living room for your guests and friends.


Factors & Tips to be Considered

By now, you must be geared up to build a new temporary wall in your apartment. But before you commence, there are some things you need to consider-

Lease Agreement

First things first,  it is imperative that you have your rental agreement cross-checked to see if there are any terms and conditions regarding temporary walls to your rental. Even if the rental agreement allows, you still might need to get special permission from your property manager or landlord for the same. Please make sure that all the formalities that you are undertaking need to be put out in writing; it could be a letter or an email), just so there is concrete proof. The one thing you avoid is to add a temporary wall that was never sanctioned. Please bear in mind that if you go against the agreement terms, conditions, and clauses, it could lead to lease termination or no access to your security deposit.

Be Clear on Your Requirements

As exciting it is to add a temporary wall in your apartment; don’t get too overwhelmed.  It might be a small space, but the decision needs to be a big one.  You will have a consider a lot of options, factors, metrics, and plans before adding the wall in your dwelling. Do your homework well. You might get tons of ideas and designs to jazz up your space. Remember, you can always turn it into a multi-purpose wall by adding storage space shelves, or more ideas like these. 

Building the wall by yourself

In case you choose you to take up the project on your own, you must make sure you got the right tools and supplies. We are assuming that it is just the temporary wall that you are trying to add and not working on other elements such as wooden shelving or doors. Based on that, you would need

  • Circular saw
  • Power drill
  • Tape measure
  • Wood screws
  • Stud finder
  • Two-by-fours
  • Corkboard sheets

This list is a reminder of things that you need to keep handy if you wish to build it by yourself. Also, this is only applicable if you are experienced in carpentry.  For guidance and proper procedure, you can check online home improvement videos.

Hire a Professional

If you even a slight bit confused about the project, you must not take it in your hands. There are numerous wall installation professionals and experts in the city, who can not only add the wall but also dismantle it free of charge when you choose to vacate the apartment. You can even make special requests like doors, shelves, windows, or soundproofing if required.

Building a temporary wall in your apartment or office space is a great way to incorporate space and privacy in your rental. All you need to make sure is that you get the required permits and permissions from the authorities before moving ahead with the plan.