This story shows how to frame a curved wall.
A curved wall can be a simple sweeping arc or an undulating wave that moves back and forth. Either way, a curved wall will add interest and drama to any room.
A flexible metal track speeds and simplifies the construction of the wall whether you utilize metal or wood studs. The track shown is also available in a model that accommodates 2x6 studs. Making your own curved track from standard channel is a bit tedious but not especially difficult. Making plates from solid wood or laminated plywood is another option, but it can consume significant amounts of both materials and time.
One key design consideration is the radius of the curve. The radius you choose determines the spacing of the studs. Spacing the studs closely can give a smoother look to your finished wall.
Utilize these same construction techniques to make barrel vaults and wavy ceilings.
Allow 20 minutes per linear foot of wall
Permanent marker, chalk line, plumb bob with nylon line, strip of scrap hardboard, drill/driver, drill bits, metal snips, masking tape, locking-grip pliers
Measuring, using a plumb bob, driving fasteners
Design the shape of the wall.
Flexible track for the top and bottom of the wall, studs, fasteners
Draw the curve on the floor with a permanent marker. To get a smooth curve, make a giant compass from a strip of hardboard or plywood. Tap a nail through the hardboard into the floor for the pivot point. Drill a hole at the other end at the desired radius for the curve; put the marker tip through the hole and draw.
After you've completed the first track, turn it over to use as a template to shape the top track. The top track is a mirror image of the bottom. Attach the second track to the first with locking-grip pliers at one end, shape the curve, then secure the other end with another pair of locking-grip pliers. Drive the screws.