Mark where the vertical studs will go on the top and bottom plates by tracing around an offcut of framing timber with a pencil. Put a stud at each end and space the others evenly along the frame every 600mm. Spacing them like this will make it easier later when you want to cover the frame.
Measure and cut eight vertical studs, all 95mm less than the height you want for your frame. The studs are 95mm shorter than the height of the frame to allow for the thickness of the top and bottom plates. We add 5mm to allow for any variations in the height of the floor. Nail the studs into place between your top and bottom plates to create the two sides of your frame.
Straighten the outside edge of the frame with a spirit level and measure the distance between the two sides. This gives you the width of your end pieces for the frame. Use this measurement to cut top and bottom plates for both ends. Then cut three vertical studs for each end, using the same length you used for the previous studs. To assemble each end, nail three studs between a top and bottom plate.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.