Frequently Asked Questions

Wall Specifics:

What is a temporary wall?

A temporary wall is a wall that is not attached to the existing structure by screws (or anything else.) This allows a true "temporary" solution, as no existing structures are damaged by fasteners. Once the wall is removed, there are no signs that there ever was a wall there.

 

What is the difference between a regular wall and a temporary one?

The difference between our temporary wall and a "real" wall is that our wall is not attached to the existing structure by screws (or anything else.) This allows a true "temporary" solution, as no existing structures are damaged by fasteners. Once the wall is removed, there are no signs that there ever was a wall there.

Another difference between our temporary walls and regular walls is that a regular wall is smooth, whereas our walls have small moldings on the seams between the wallboards (every 4'). These moldings are very thin (1/8”), so it is not so noticeable. See pictures for details.

 

How sturdy are the walls?

The temporary walls are very stable and very strong. As sturdy as a standard wall.

 

Can we hang things on the wall?

Yes - you can hang light things such as pictures and small mirrors, but not heavy things such as bookshelves. A good rule is, if you have to wonder if it's too heavy, it probably is. 25 LB is the weight limit.

 

How thick are the walls?

The temporary wall is 5" thick, as thick as a standard wall, so it provides as much sound attenuation.

 

How wide are the doors?

The standard door that we use is 32" wide, which is usually wide enough to transfer most furniture in and out. Other sizes are available: 24", 26", 28", 30", 32", 34", 36". It is not recommended to use a door that is less than 30" wide, since some furniture will not fit through. All doors are 80" high, custom heights are available upon request. If you are interested in a wider opening, we can install double doors, either plain or French.

 

Is the wall sound proof?

Inside the wall there is sound insulation that helps to muffle the sounds transmitted. The sound insulation is helpful, but even with the sound insulation it will not be any more sound proof than a standard wall.

 

Do the walls leave absolutely no marks after removal?

In most circumstances, the walls are pressurized, so we do not screw anything into the existing structure. The maximum damage (and this rarely happens) is a scratch or minor mark as a result of being and working there. This is the same minor risk that you take when a moving company moves your furniture into the apartment. It is nothing that requires a real repair, or that you might lose your security deposit over.

 



General ordering questions:

How much does a temporary wall cost?

Prices are determined based on ceiling height and wall length. Fill out our Quote Form or call to get the price for your project.

 

How far ahead do I need to place my order?

A week in advance is usually enough. Sometimes we are available with a shorter notice too. You can also place orders well in advance.

 

Do you come beforehand to take measurements and to see the space?

We don’t do in-home estimates. There is no need. The walls are not prefabricated; we build them in the apartment, so even if you are a little off with the measurements it won't be an issue. We'll just need you to let us know the ceiling's height and the wall's length.
If you have a floor plan of the apartment, you can e-mail or fax it to us and then we will not even need the measurements.
You can also e-mail us pictures of your setup if you feel it may pose an installation problem.

 

What is the ordering process?

It is very simple, just as easy as buying anything online or via phone. Give us a call or fill-in the order form.

 

What needs to be done before the installers arrive to install the wall?

You will need to get permission from your building manager or superintendent to have a temporary pressurized wall installed, let them know when we are coming and that we will need to use the service elevator.
Clear the area where the wall will be installed (at least four feet on either side of where the wall will be). We can assist in moving furniture; however we do not take responsibility for any damage that may occur.
Please do not schedule your moving company the day we will be there.

 

What are the payment options?

All payment methods are accepted. Cash, checks(personal checks too), credit cards, PayPal.

 

When is the payment due?

On the day of installation. Credit card payments are due before the installation date.

 



Installation specifics:

How long does the installation take?

A typical temporary wall usually takes 4-5 hours to install. The larger the wall, the more time it takes. Also, other factors can increase or decrease time (difficult access, crown moldings, etc).
But regardless of your situation, it will almost never take more than a day.

 

I have a window or radiator/AC where I want the wall to go. Is that a problem?

The wall is not pre-fabricated, so we could fit it to just about any configuration. If the window is unused by you, we could go right against the glass. If the window is used, we could leave a 1" gap so you can open it.
It is not ideal to install the wall against a radiator, AC or HVAC unit, but if there is no other choice, we can do it. In that case a small portion of the wall next to this unit will be removable, so that it will be possible to access the unit to repair it.

 

I have a soffit (a "box" in the ceiling) or moldings (base and/or crown) where I want the wall to go. Is that a problem?

No, it will not be an issue. It is good to point it out to us before we come to do the installation. We will shape the wall snugly around it.

 

What if the ceilings in my apartment are not concrete?

Sometimes if the ceilings are not concrete, a few screws will be used to connect the wall to the existing structure since we cannot rely on the pressure. We will patch the tiny holes when we take the wall down. Even in these cases, we will never screw anything into the hardwood floors.

 

What is the difference between a pocket door and a sliding door?

Pocket door slides into the wall, sliding door hangs on the outside of the wall and slides on the wall.

 

Can a sliding door or pocket door lock?

Yes. It has a privacy lock.