Tutorial for building a sloped ceiling knee wall with hidden access doors. This is an easy and functional way to block off a low sloped ceiling, while still being able to acess the storage area. Very good tutorial with lots of photos, diagrams, videos, and instructions from Ana-White.com
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- 2x4s for knee wall framing and top trim
- 2x2 for bottom trim
- finished trim for the top gap
- 5/8" overlay concealed hinges (or Frameless Full Overlay Euro/Concealed Hinge)
- 3/4" hardwood plywood (cabinet grade) for doors
- 1x3 trim for "batten" handles
- 2-1/2" long self tapping star bit screws for wall construction
- 1-1/4" brad nails
- 3 - 2x4s @ length of the wall
- 1 - 2x2 @ length of the wall
- 1 - trim piece @ length of wall
- 2x4 studs @ 45" - every 32" and at ends
- 3/4" plywood @ 1-1/4" wider than inside opening and 1/2" shorter than overall height
- 1x3s @ height of doors
Build the knee wall on the floor with the screws. The wall openings must be square for the doors to open properly.
Position in room and adjust for square/plumb.
Attach to floor, side walls, and ceiling (if possible) with the screws. Blocking can be used to help attach to ceiling. Attach to studs in the walls/ceiling.
Measure and cut the door pieces, cutting the plywood into three pieces crosswise.
Install hinges. Here is a good tutorial for installing concealed hinges.
NOTE: For the end openings, with less overall width in the opening, we just nailed the plywood on, so it's fixed and doesn't open. It was too small to be useable opening.