Lots of home improvement projects aim to make the most of the available space in a property, but sometimes the setup of your home might waste precious space. If that’s the case, installing a stud partition wall could be a great way to improve the layout.
By installing a stud partition wall, you can add an extra room to your home without having to extend. Putting in a new wall can also improve the flow and appearance of your property if you do it right.
How much a stud partition wall costs will vary from one project to the next, but it’s always cheaper than an extension! This guide will take you through how much stud partition wall costs per m2. We’ll cover the required materials and their prices, as well as what a pro might charge you to do the job on your behalf.
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What are Stud Partition Walls?
There are a few different types of internal partition walls used to separate the rooms of a property. This handy guide from DIY Extra provides info on all of them. Stud partition walls are not load-bearing, making them ideal for creating extra rooms or otherwise altering your property’s layout.
Most modern stud partition walls have a timber frame covered by plasterboard. The internal area of the frame can have insulation for heat retention or soundproofing, as desired. The timber frame of a stud partition wall has a soleplate on the floor and a head plate on the ceiling. Timber studs (giving the wall its name) then extend from one plate to the other.
There are also horizontal studs to provide greater stability, while shorter lengths of timber called noggins get nailed between the studs to further solidify the structure.
Plasterboard covers the timber frame and is then wet plastered to finish it. Done correctly, a stud partition wall looks like any other wall within your property. You can also incorporate a door, a window or other features as needed.
Can You Install Stud Partition Walls Yourself?
Building a stud partition wall is far simpler than it may first appear. If you have some basic DIY skills, this guide and video below will help you build a timber stud partition wall:
There are a few things to consider before taking on the job yourself, though. First and foremost, you need to make sure the work you’re going to do will conform to building regulations. Newly installed non-load bearing internal walls aren’t subject to many regulations, but you do need to think about fire safety, ventilation and lighting.
However, if installing a stud partition wall also requires rewiring or plumbing work, it’s a different story. Your property’s electrics and heating systems must be up to proper safety standards. You’ll need to find a professional to install your stud wall for you.
DIY Stud Partition Walls – Costs to Consider in 2021
If you’re confident about taking on the installation of a stud wall yourself, the costs to consider primarily relate to the materials you need. Assuming you already have the tools for the job, you’ll need to buy:
- 4” by 2” timbers for the soleplate, head plate, studs and noggins
- Nails, screws, corner beads, and adhesive
- Multi-finish plaster and scrim tape
- Insulation (if you need to soundproof or heatproof the new wall)
- Skirting, architrave, fixtures and fittings and/or ironmongery to finish the wall like the others in your property
Your main expenditure will be on timber and plasterboard. You’re likely to pay around £2 per metre for 4” by 2” stud wall timber at most DIY outlets. The cost of plasterboard depends on a few different factors. You’ll need to choose the dimensions, thickness and edge style of the board you wish to use. Depending on your choices, you should expect to spend somewhere between £2.75 and £4.50 per m2.
You’ll also need to buy fixings like long nails and screws, and other elements such as corner beads and scrim tape. This can push the cost of your project up significantly, as can insulation, skirting boards and other optional extras like wallpaper or paint.
Professional Stud Partition Wall Installation Costs in 2021
If you’re not confident doing the job yourself – or if you simply don’t have the time – you may choose to employ a professional. Some pros will charge per square metre for installing a stud wall, whilst others quote for the entire project.
Where you live will affect what tradesmen charge for stud partition wall installation, as costs will be higher in London and the South East. On average, a quote between £100 – £150 per square metre is a reasonable rule of thumb. That equates to an “all in” quote of around £750 – £1,000 for the partition of a standard-sized bedroom.
The above cost estimates are for stud partition walls with no added elements. If you need a door frame or window included, you’ll need to pay a little more. Similarly, if any work’s needed on the electrics or plumbing in your property, the cost will rise considerably.
Installing a new stud partition wall can really elevate your property. It could help you make the most of the available space, adding a new room without needing an extension. It’s also a project that’s comparatively simple to complete, so you can do it yourself or easily find a local tradesman to handle it for you.
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