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Timber and metal framed stud walls are the normal way to construct internal partitions walls in the UK today. Vertical timbers, or metal struts are placed between floors and ceilings and are called studs. A timber is placed horizontally against the ceiling to make it easier to attach the studs and this is called the head or ceiling plate. A timber is also placed on the floor to spread the load of the studs, plasterboard etc. This timber is called the sole plate. These timbers are strengthened with short, horizontal timbers placed and fixed between the studs. These timbers are called noggins.

The components of a timber stud partition wall

The components of a timber stud partition wall

Plasterboard (and other surfaces such as waterproof boards for use in showers and wetrooms) is fixed to the timber or metal studs and doorways are formed by fixing door linings and frames to the upright studs and a timber placed between them called the door head.

Metal studwork is made in sections or profiles, the two most common shapes for metal stud partitioning are C section and I section.

Metal stud

Metal stud

Additional timbers, or metal studs are always placed on corners of partition walls so that the edges of all boards can be fixed solidly as you will see from the diagrams in the following pages.

Partitions are an ideal way of adding a room to an existing property by turning two rooms into one. The most common use of a partition wall is to add an en-suite shower or bathroom to a larger bedroom.

Partition walls are often introduced into garages also to turn the end of the garage into a workroom or workshop.

Glass panels or windows can be introduced into partitions to allow natural or borrowed light into a room. Borrowed light is light from the first room, allowed into the partitioned room by means of an opening or window. The glass panels over doors are a good example of borrowed light.