Basement Framing Tips


Basement framing is done before remodeling it. It increases value of your basement. Basement framing is done to secure the concrete, conceal the plumbing, electric and HVAC components. Basement framing also provides support to electrical appliances. Duct work for heating and air conditioning needs to be concealed by bulk head framing. Do not forget to frame around the windows. How much framing your basement requires depends upon your project? Suppose if you want to build a family living room then framing is done only to support drywall or paneling. For extensive theme like home theater basement, requires more framing for insulation and sound proofing. If you want to achieve the layout of your choice in your basement then you must plan in advance. To make your work easy, here are some basement framing tips.

For basement framing we need

  • Concrete nails
  • Concrete screws
  • Expanding anchors 

Basement framing is a tricky work. For basement framing you must take help of local carpenter and contractor.

Some Basement Framing Tips to help you during the process.

  • While basement framing, length and height of the basement walls is the most important. How far you have to extend your framing from the wall depends on the obstruction. So measure the distance between the obstruction and the wall.

basement framing tips

  • If you are doing the work by yourself then wooden wall is the best option for basement framing. It can be done on the concrete wall as well.
  • While purchasing the lumber for framing, check its quality. Lumbers should be moisture proof, water resistant and seasoned.
  • Fill all the cracks in the basement to avoid moisture problem.
  • Get the straightest studs that you can find in the hardware stores.
  • For framing you must have proper marking that tell you where the walls will go.
  • Pipes must run parallel to the walls. Locate pipes and then situate them in proper position. Ensure proper plumbing of the water pipes. The pipes should be perfectly straight.
  • Pipes which extend out of wall never cover them. Whenever you want to access them in the future, you have to cut the wall if you have covered the pipes.

Cost of Basement Framing

It depends upon the following factors:

  • Materials’ cost
  • Area of the basement
  • Pipelines
  • Electrical Lines
  • Nature of walls

Framing in different situations

  • For a warm and comfortable basement:  Use 2” X 4” studs on the basement walls. By doing this you can easily install insulation.
  • For Drywall installation:  This means warmth and comfort is not in your priority list. Attach Furring strips on the basement walls. 

basement framing tips
Basement Dry wall Installation

  • Houses built on the clay soil:  Attach the walls and the first floor joists with the help of L-shaped Steel Framing Clips.
  • Stick build wall around the obstructions which are very common in basement. These obstructions are generally pipes and duct work.
  • For interior lighting:  Pay special attention on building Soffits if you are planning for proper interior lighting.
  • For installation of Drywall on the Ceilings of the Basement:  Add a horizontal wall for this. The process is almost the same as for Soffits.
  • While you are constructing the Drywall, insulation must be done before putting up the Drywall.

For a strong, solid and safe basement you must ensure proper basement framing. Conditions such as humidity, dampness, temperature and air circulation plays an important role in quality of your basement. So make sure your basement is ready in these situations. These things also matters to install right basement wall. Basement Framing is a challenging work to do. Thus it is highly recommended to hire a contractor for this work. Having few Basement Framing tips and knowledge makes your work easier.

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