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Removal of a first floor stud wall

I wish to remove a stud wall separating 2 bedrooms on the first floor of our house. The wall runs parallel with the joists in the attic above, anhd there is not a wall directly below it on the ground floor.

I have removed the plasterboard on one wall and the frame appears to be all timber, and no different sized timber or other supports used used.

Could anyone please tell me if this indicates that the wall is definitely not load bearing, and can therefore be safely removed?


Thank you very much to all who answered. I have decided to err on the side of caution and get a second opinion from a surveyor, but from the advice given, it looks like it is not a supporting wall.

Thanks again,


11 Answers

Best Answer

Hi Terry_74

Sounds like its not load bearing from what your saying! And you have joists running with the dividing wall and not across as this would/could be supporting the joists above.
Also as you say you have no wall below to support the wall in question" Unless you have a steel lintol directly under it".

Are there any heavy load bearing timbers supporoting the roof directly above or fixed to the wall though?

If in doubt have a Building Surveyor/Structural Surveyor have a look.

Good luck.

Scott Cannon.

Answered 30th May 2011

Cannon Preservation Ltd

Member since 21 May 2011

Hi. Your stud wall is not a load barring wall. The fact that joists run along the loft below your bedroom supports the ceiling. Just bare this in mind when removing framework. You will find there's a batten fixed to the joists, when you remove this, plasterboard will need to replace void left by it. You may need ceiling skimming. Hope this helps you. Mark

Answered 30th May 2011

T.A.P.S (Tiling and Plumbing Services)

Member since 18 Mar 2011

have you tried looking at next doors might be a cheap answer

Answered 30th May 2011

D.N.A Building Services Ltd

Member since 21 May 2011

is there a door in the wall ? is there any gaps above or under the wall ?

Answered 30th May 2011


Member since 5 May 2008

is it a traditional roof or truss

in the loft is there any timber hangers nearby attached to the joist.

a truss roof will have loads of triangles init with no hangers

and a traditional roof will seem to be spacious with hangers

if either of the 2 you can remove the stud.

Answered 1st Jun 2011

M.L.H Woodcraft

Member since 20 Jun 2010

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Hi Terry,
If in doubt dont take it out! No one can safely give you the correct advise without having a proper look at your site requirements.
A stud wall is generally not load bearing but it can be supporting ceiling joist span from flexing/ & or joist cross over point on joists.
You have to get someone to inspect & check it first.
Hope this helps?

Answered 30th May 2011

Graham Hillier

Member since 6 Jan 2009

stud walls in general are not load bearing

Answered 30th May 2011

Complete Kitchen, Bathroom and Window Company

Member since 30 Oct 2008

If your partition wall runs parallel with your roof joists then its not load bearing.
Hope this helps

Answered 30th May 2011


Member since 2 Nov 2010

hi there
the best way to tell if your wall is load bearing, measure how far away the wall is from your outside house(wall). take these measurements up into your loft, set these out with your tape. now you know where your 1st floor wall is and what if anything is sitting on it.
if there is you may need a builder round or even a structural engineer.

hope this helps
thanks russell

Answered 30th May 2011

MTR Lofts Ltd

Member since 2 Jul 2008

Hello. It sounds from your discription that the stud wall is purely a partition wall wall and not load bearing, so therefore should be able to remove.

Answered 30th May 2011


Member since 19 Apr 2011

put a hard hat on, belt the studs out and hope for the best. Or get a structural engineer to take a look.

Answered 16th Jun 2011

Gerald Francis Carpenter and joiner

Member since 8 Jan 2009

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