Fitting fixtures to a stud partition

Stud walls have to be treated differently to other types of walls when applying fixtures and fittings because they are generally hollow. On the other hand, stud walls really come in handy when installing electric and plumbing as you can use their cavities to your advantage. Here however we take a look at the various different fixtures and fixings you can install along a partition wall.

Level of difficulty

Level 2: Intermediate

Things you’ll need

Thick panel of plywood
Cavity fixings
Metal uprights
Electric joists detector
Screw driver

The steps to follow

  1. Fix hanging fixtures such as hand basins in bathrooms to the wall’s structural stud members for maximum support
  2. For most fixtures on stud walls, you need a strong fixing to carry the weight. Your best bet is to install a thick panel of plywood between the stud partition wall and the fixture. Simply screw the panel to the partition wall
  3. Use cavity fixings, such as an expandable metal anchors, on stud partitions for heavy fixtures such as cupboards. There are a variety of cavity fixings you can use on stud partition walls. Often made from plastic or metal, they are inserted onto the stud partition and tightened with a screw. Spring toggles are such an example of a cavity fixing, where the two wings extend outward when inserted onto a partition wall and grips the wall cladding
  4. If you’re planning to wall-mount bookshelves, use metal uprights. Screw the metal uprights into the partition walls
  5. For smaller fixtures, you can screw the fixings onto the partition wall battens. You can use an electric joist detector to locate the battens behind the partition walls and go from there

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