Recessed Shelf


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Old 02-18-08, 06:44 AM
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Recessed Shelf

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to ask this question, but here goes.

I am looking to add a recessed opening (shelf) into an interior (hollow) wall. There is drywall on both sides of the wall but I only want to open up one side. Can anyone recommend any sites that would have instructions/guidlines on how to accomplish this?
 
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Old 02-18-08, 12:25 PM
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is the opening only going to be between studs? how big? for small(14 1/2 in. wide) find the studs and cut drywall alongside them as long as needed. install a 2x4 top and bottom for framing and finish. if it needs to be wider, find out if it is a supporting wall. if so, a header will be in order for the top. more info;better answer.
 
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Old 02-19-08, 06:56 AM
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Thanks for the response.

Yes, I hope that it will only be between 2 wall studs. I really thought that there was more to it than just cutting a hole and framing it.
 
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Old 02-19-08, 01:30 PM
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While it would be best to add a 2x top and bottom, you can build the shelves [like a miniture bookcase] slightly smaller than the opening you've cut and nail it in place - a piece of trim will hide the drywall cut edge.

Be sure there isn't any elec or plumbing in the wall before you cut it open.
 
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Old 02-19-08, 01:38 PM
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There definitely isn't any plumbing/electrical where this opening will go. Also, it will only be 1 shelf, basically one opening with the shelf being the bottom.

What is the best way to attach the 2x4 to the top and bottom of the opening and how will I keep them level?
 
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Old 02-19-08, 07:11 PM
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use a level or measure from the floor(presuming it is level). you can add a block of 2x 1 1/2 inches up/down from where you want the finished rough opening. use screws, easier. however, as marksr said, you could just build a square box and attach it. you won't, however, have anything to nail the trim to on top/bottom except corners.(not very large it may not matter.)
 
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Old 02-19-08, 07:43 PM
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Not really looking to trim out the opening. Just basically drywall all around. Kind of like an opening in the wall.
 
 

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