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Is knee wall load bearing? Looking to put built-in dressers

Old 05-15-13, 05:31 AM
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Is knee wall load bearing? Looking to put built-in dressers

The wife is out of town for a week and I'm trying to bang out a couple projects while she's gone.

I'm looking to put in a few built-in dressers in my knee wall. There was not any access behind my knee wall until yesterday and when I opened it up, it looks like it may be load bearing. The location where I opened it up is under a peak that extends perpendicular from the roof over our front porch. Under that peak, but only attached to the knee wall studs, are two 2x10's. If it were, what would be the best way for me to accomplish my goal? Everything is 16" on center.

Attached are some pictures behind the knee wall from the attic, from the room view, and from the outside of the house to give you an idea of which portion I am talking about that may be in question.

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Thanks in advance for the input.
Old 05-15-13, 02:37 PM
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Even if it's load bearing, you can build headers around the dressers.
Old 05-15-13, 04:37 PM
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Exactly. Just treat each dresser opening as if you were framing a window opening in a wall. Put a 2x6 header over each one, and add jack studs under each end of the headers. The header might limit the height of your finished opening, but it is what it is.

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