Building the Basement Frame

If you want to give your basement the same feel as the rest of your house without using paneling, or snap-together basement wall systems, this blog page may just be your best friend. I’m going to go through the steps to create a frame for your basement walls.

First, and foremost, make sure your basement has been properly waterproofed

Materials You’ll Need

  1. Safety Glasses
  2. Concrete Nails
  3. 2×4 8′ lumber posts
  4. Nail Gun *optional although it will make the job much easier
  5. Joist Hangers
  6. Drill Bit and Hammer Drill

What To Do

Before you can start with the project you have to take care of any leaks in the walls. Otherwise you are just going to have a huge mess on your hands and it is expensive to try to clean it all up and than repair it.

Design the layout of the wall and make sure that all of the joists in the ceiling are going to line up as close to the studs as possible. For some people there might already be support beams that were in the original house design. When building a new home you have to frame the basement walls from the ground floor joists in the place.

Carefully measure the space and pop chalk lines onto the floor where the walls are. You need to cut and install the 2” by 4” treated lumber for each of the floor or sill plates. This will help to reduce the problem with moisture. Bolt down the bottom plates by drilling through the wood and the concrete using the drill bit and hammer drill. Now you are ready to install the concrete screws to be 12” apart.

Install the ceiling plates above the floor plates using 2” by 4” lumber. Attach this with framing nails and the nail gun on the underside of the ground floor joists. It helps to use a laser level to know the right area onto the ceiling plates.

Now put the wall studs 16” apart on the center using the studs in the floor joists as your personal guide. It is important to line up these studs so that you will have easy access for any plumbing, wiring, or venting you want to put into the room later on. Try to do as little cutting and drilling as possible.

You need to measure each stud before cutting it individually. Than use a framing nail gun and attach the top and bottom of the studs into the ceiling and floor plates. Place the nails at a 45 degree angle through the studs and into the floor or ceiling plate. It is best to use three nails at each point of the studs.

Continue on with a minimum of a ½ inch in between the newly framed walls and the concrete walls inside of the basement. You want to prevent moisture from building up inside of the concrete so the wood is not affected.