How to Create a Doorway in a Stud Wall Part 2 How to Create a Doorway in a Stud Wall Part 2

What You'll Need
Wooden boards
Utility Knife
Tape measure
Safety goggles

A stud wall is a non-load bearing wall (meaning that it doesn’t support the ceiling) which is usually constructed out of a wood frame and then covered with plaster or drywall (occasionally metal frames may be used, but a timber frame continues to be the norm). If you need to open up a new doorway somewhere in your house, you definitely want to try to create that doorway in a stud wall, because you’re spared the aggravation of having to find a way to support the ceiling while you’re working, and furthermore stud walls typically don’t have a lot of plumbing or utilities in them that you need to reroute.

In Part 1 of this how to guide, we talked about how to prepare your wall and workspace to create the doorway. Now, in Part 2, we’ll show you how to make the doorway itself, and how to install your door jamb, door frame and door. (To return to Part 1, click here.)

Step 1 – Remove the Wall Facing

Take your utility knife and score the drywall. Rip the facing off the underlying studs. You may want to use gloves and goggles for this part, as the drywall will create a lot of dust.

Step 2 – Make Room in the Studs

Next, you’ll need to alter the existing wood studs underneath the facing in order to make room for the door way. Use a saw (a reciprocating saw works best) to cut off the necessary parts of the studs, twist those wood elements and take them out.

Step 3 – Install New Studs

Next, take the wood studs that you already created in the Part 1. Hammer them into place. It’s suggested that you use 8d nails in the front and back, and then 10d nails on the sides. Install the king studs first, and then the trimmer studs second. Finally, hammer a 2 x 4 piece of wood into place over the studs at the top to make the top of the doorway.

Step 4 – Install Your Door

Now that you’ve created room for the doorway, you can install the entire pre-hung door system in one go. Hammer and drill into place according to manufacturer’s directions. Finally, the last step is to recover the wall with drywall or facing to replace the areas that you tore away to create the doorway. You may also want to stain or varnish the wood of the door frame to match the rest of the décor in your home.

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