Do you need to have stud walls constructed at your property? In the following guide, we’ll explain how much they cost and how long it takes to build them. We’ll also explore additional topics such as what the construction actually entails.
Do you need to have stud walls constructed at your property? In the following guide, we’ll explain how much they cost and how long it takes to build them.
We’ll also explore additional topics such as what the construction actually entails. You’ll find this article very useful if you intend to have stud walls installed in your home.
Stud walls are vertical framing structures that act as the skeletal support of walls within a property. Usually made of wood, they tend to hold doors, interior finish, stud wall insulation, utilities, windows and so forth in position.
Beyond that, stud walls are also used to provide a building with its shape. Stud walls are popular since they are necessary to construct new walls within a property.
Beyond that, they can offer an effective and structurally sound way of adding fixtures or fittings to an existing property. Further, many homeowners would use a stud wall if they wanted to turn one room into two. This is also known as a stud partition wall.
We’ll now consider the cost of installing stud wall. It will cost about £800 to have a stud wall supplied and fitted.
However, this is just an average of the stud wall installation prices.
The most important cost-affecting factor will usually be the size of the stud wall.
With a cost of approximately £110 to £140 per square metre for a timber stud wall, it will set you back about £250 for a 2m² stud wall, £380 for a 3m² stud wall, £500 for a 4m² stud wall, £750 for a 6m² stud wall, £1000 for an 8m² stud wall or £1500 for a 12m² stud wall.
You will need to increase these average cost estimates by about 30% should you prefer a metal stud wall.
Most of your bill will come down to the cost of labour.
You can expect to pay about £550 on average in labour costs which will be approximately 70% of the overall cost.
The larger the stud wall, the higher the labour cost will be since more work will be required.
As for the supply costs, this should make up about 30% of your total expenses or around £250 on average.
Once more, the scale of the stud wall project will influence this cost.
The overall cost of a stud wall installation will depend on a range of factors.
For instance, the size, thickness and material used will shape the supply cost alone.
In terms of material, wood and metal studs are the two prominent options.
Other cost-affecting factors are the type of room, condition of the structure and type of property.
Beyond that, ease of access and where you live will also influence your final bill.
In regards to the latter, this is because the cost of labour will vary based on where in the UK you are located.
For example, labour costs in the north of England are cheaper than the national average.
On the other hand, contractors tend to charge higher rates in London and the southeast.
|Size of Stud Wall||Overall Cost|
|2m² (Timber)||£200 to £300|
|2m² (Metal)||£260 to £390|
|3m² (Timber)||£330 to £430|
|3m² (Metal)||£430 to £560|
|4m² (Timber)||£450 to £550|
|4m² (Metal)||£590 to £720|
|6m² (Timber)||£700 to £800|
|6m² (Metal)||£900 to £1050|
|8m² (Timber)||£800 to £1200|
|8m² (Metal)||£1050 to £1600|
|12m² (Timber)||£1300 to £1700|
|12m² (Metal)||£1700 to £2200|
For this section, we’ll break down the various types of stud walls.
Each type has its own pros, cons and price tag which we’ll explore in the following subsections.
We will also take a look at other aspects of these stud wall options such as which are the most popular types and easiest to fit.
Most wall studs are made of timber. Wooden wall studs are cheaper than metal wall studs.
In addition, their installation is more straightforward and they are a safer option in terms of maintenance and repair work.
This type of wall stud will generally come with a cost somewhere in the range of £70 to £120 per m².
Wooden wall studs are also more popular than their metal-based counterparts.
Beyond that, they are easier to find although timber stud walls are heavier than metal stud walls.
✔ Least expensive.
✔ Easier to find and install.
✔ Upkeep and repair work are safer.
✖ Prone to rot.
✖ Not as strong.
This durable alternative to timber stud walls, while less popular, offers its own range of advantages.
For example, metal stud walls are generally stronger, more predictable and lighter than wooden wall studs.
Despite being cost-effective, metal stud walls are about 30% dearer than timber stud walls with an average price tag of around £110 to £140.
Metal wall studs are also less popular and more difficult to install.
In addition, this type of wall stud is harder to cut given that you would be dealing with a significantly stronger material than wood.
Installing drywall with a metal stud wall is also a challenge.
✔ Strong and durable.
✖ Installation can be difficult.
✖ Harder to cut.
✖ Drywall installation can prove challenging.
Let’s take a look at what building a stud wall entails. We’ll now break down each of the steps involved in the process:
Prior to installing a stud wall, you’ll need to pick a type and design that suits you and your property.
You should weigh up the pros and cons and features discussed in the previous section to help you choose between a timber and metal wall stud.
You should also do some research to find a suitable product as there are many websites and stores which provide stud walls.
If you are performing the work DIY, then you’ll also need to undertake the correct measurements before purchasing materials.
On the other hand, you may prefer to hire a contractor to measure the installation area before fitting the stud wall at another time.
On the day of the installation work, you or the hired professional should check that there are no pipes or wires running through the installation area, if applicable. The area should be appropriately prepared before work can begin.
Markings should be made of where the current studs are located.
This is to make certain that the wall will be held firmly in place.
It’s usually essential that the wall will be assisted by a support joist directly beneath.
That is unless the joists will be running perpendicular to your new wall installation.
We’ll now look at how to build a stud wall. The first part of the installation work involves installing the floor plate.
A piece of timber or metal must be cut to the floor length before it can be nailed or drilled into place.
Where required, the floor plate has to be fixed to the joist/joists. This will ensure that the structure is sound.
The next phase of building a stud wall involves adding the ceiling section.
A plumb line must be used to ensure that the ceiling element is installed right over the floor plate.
As with the floor plate, this part of the stud wall also needs to be nailed or drilled securely.
Once the ceiling element has been installed, the vertical studs can be fitted.
Each stud needs to be measured separately.
This is to make sure that they will fit in place regardless of whether or not the area is completely level.
Each vertical stud should have about 40cm between them.
These measurements must be made on the inside of each vertical piece.
Of course, this part of the installation process may vary depending on whether a door or any other fitting needs to be included.
In the case of installing a stud wall which will feature a door, there should be sufficient space between vertical studs at the relevant area to allow for a door and a doorjamb.
After fitting the vertical studs, the installer should measure, cutout and fit the noggins.
These should be installed between the studs.
They may choose to offset the installation spot by a small measure to ensure that there is sufficient room to add the nails.
However, they should be fitted at about a central position.
Lastly, if there are any fittings required such a door, these can now be added.
Of course the stud wall is just the skeleton of the wall itself.
Once the wall stud is complete, it may be insulated before adding plasterboard to complete the wall.
There are many extra jobs which you may wish to pay for with fitting a stud wall.
For example, as mentioned in the previous section, you’ll want to have the stud wall insulated.
This will set you back about £30 to £40 per square metre. To have a radiator fitted would add about £200 to your overall bill.
If you’d like to hire a painter or decorator to add layers of paint to your new wall or wallpaper, you can expect a charge of about £16 an hour.
You may decide to install a stud wall by yourself.
The main advantage of undertaking this work as a DIY project is down to how much money it will save you.
In most cases, you will not need building regulations approval to install a stud wall DIY.
However, you will need approval if you are:
This list does not cover everything since the regulations can also vary depending on the nature of the stud wall.
For example, if you are creating an entirely new room, it’s more likely that building regulations will apply.
If you have any doubts, please contact your local council.
As for planning permission, you will generally not require approval since this falls under internal alterations.
This is with the exception of if your home is a listed building. In this case, you will probably need listed building consent.
Where building regulations apply, building control must sign off on your project.
As with any DIY work, there always risks and dangers that you should take into consideration.
Since you will be drilling parts of the stud wall into the ground, ceiling and possibly other walls, it’s important that you are conscious of any possible electrics or pipes that you could accidentally come into contact with.
As for the electrics, you should turn off the power for your home before adding a stud wall just to be on the safe side, assuming that this is okay.
Of course if for instance, you have an elderly person in your home then you won’t want the electricity to cut off any heating.
In this case, you could just turn off the power for the work area(s).
Since you will be dealing with tall pieces of wood or metal, you should also take caution when lifting and holding up elements.
There is a danger of hurting yourself by carrying a load that is too heavy or doing so in an unsafe manner (e.g. bending your back to pick up a vertical stud).
In addition, a heavy or large piece could fall on top of you thus why you should wear a safety helmet.
It is also worth considering safety gloves particularly if you need to use sharp cutting equipment to break up pieces of metal.
There are also less serious but nonetheless problematic risks involved.
These include the danger of performing the work incorrectly, in which case you’ll have wasted time on the project and will then need to pay a professional to come out and do the work too.
Whether you perform the work yourself or hire a professional, there are further disadvantages and potential issues that you should consider.
Here are some cons of installing stud walls:
Stud walls may also require various repairs over time such as new wall studs if one were to break or experience rot (in the case of timber stud walls).
This may cost several hundred pounds depending on how much of the wall needs to be altered/removed to gain access to the stud wall.
It could cost you about £1000 or more if the entire wall needs to be replaced.
If, however, there are just some small holes in the drywall, you can expect to pay between £100 and £200.
In order to maintain the stud wall itself, it would involve breaking through the outer layers of the wall.
Realistically, this is not something a person would undertake but if you have any doubts about the structural soundness of your wall/stud wall, you should hire a professional to take a look at it and undertake appropriate safety measures in the meantime (e.g. keep away from standing or sitting right beside the wall).
You may wish to maintain the exterior faces of the wall by painting it on either or both sides.
It generally costs about £200 to have a wall painted by a professional.
You might be able to paint the wall face(s) yourself for just £10 to £20 with a gallon of paint.
Stud wall thickness is generally either 10cm x 5cm or 7.5cm x 5cm.
The three-stud corner is a common method for creating a corner stud wall.
Using this method, three studs are nailed or drilled together to create the corner part of the stud wall.
Alternatively, two studs can be placed together to act as a spacer.
Unless you live in a listed building then you shouldn’t need planning permission approval.
You can buy wall stud supplies from a range of popular retailers such as B&Q and Wickes.
There are many lesser known providers throughout the country which may have better deals available.
You should try Googling ‘stud walls to buy near me’ as this will help narrow down your search.
Timber stud walls are less expensive and easier to source but metallic stud walls are stronger, more durable and lighter.