How to provide support to a portable wall

Posted by Nile G.



Due date
Friday, 5th Jan 2018
I want to Divide my living room into half.

I want the Divider to look like the image attached. The requirements are this

The entire setup must be self supporting;
- No fixing to floor, ceiling, walls (this condition cannot change, otherwise this would not be an issue at all)

I have explored the potential for a weighted footing system (concrete blocks) similar to that used for temporary fencing, I have also explored a tension pole (such as a portable dance pole)

I need something that is seamless with the overall look of the wall system.

The wall system comprises of several individual panels for a configuration roughly 3M x 3.5m.

Each panel would be 2.4m high and 1m wide

The panels would be made of a polystyrene core and a steel/aluminium surface.

Basically I need a solution for providing sturdiness to the wall system. It should withstand the type of force reasonable for accidental bumping into..

Ideally it should be sturdy enough to support actual deliberate pushing against..

Looking for suggestion with the most creative and suitable idea to offered the specified budget (in exchange for some engineering plans of some sort)
Robert F.
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Router a piece of timber into a U-shape with the channel the same width as the panels;
Use this as the frame bottom plate and one wall;
Use flat timber (or routered L-shape) as the top plate and the other wall;
Cut the lengths so that they jam in tight (or use schims e.g. window spacers) and nail/screw the frame together;
Allow for and install a rubber strip between the frame and the ceiling, walls, and floor... this will provide the necessary grip when the frame is fitted and the panels and posts are put in place;
Use routered H-shaped timbers as uprights between the panels and nail/screw in place if you wish... these can be cut to fit tightly (or you can use schims) to keep pressure on the top and bottom plates. Using posts has the advantage of applying the necessary pressure rather than relying on the softer panels to apply pressure;
Fit the panels and posts and finish with beading on the top and wall plate so the appearance matches the bottom plate and other wall plate.
Stephen S.
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I can dynabolt both ends for you
Hi Nile,
just a suggestion, to balance the portable wall, you can use large indoor pot plants or the modern design heavy shelf's on either sides of the wall to stabilise it.

Jess.L :D
Your brains are being picked runners... Be careful the task isn't cancelled once all the information has been put out there via all your free posts. Value your knowledge and skills.
The stands I'm referring to look a little like this
Does it need to have internet?
You place these at the top of your panel and they press hard against the roof (rubber side). then false panel to hide them
as they screw into the wall it strengths the structure. Its the princple of a baby gate. they dont fail.
Hi Nile, I can do an invisible wall, you would not even know it was there. :))
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