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How to make a drywall box for masking pipes and for lighting

How to make a drywall box

The goal of any repair is to create a beautiful, comfortable interior, where every little thing pleases the eye. You must admit that nothing disfigures a room like visible sections of communications: water, sewer or ventilation pipes, sections of electrical wiring, all kinds of meters and power protection devices. Fortunately, there is a pretty simple way to hide it all. Drywall again comes to the rescue. Here you can learn how to make a drywall box in any of the rooms of your apartment.


  • Tools and materials
  • Mounting the frame from profiles
  • Box in the corner of the room
  • Box in the center of the wall

Tools and materials

To install a drywall box, you need a fairly simple set of tools:

  • Water or laser level
  • Drill or hammer drill
  • Metallic profile
  • Drywall
  • Dowels
  • Drywall Screws
  • Profile mounting screws
  • Roulette
  • Square
  • Scissors for metal

Important! It is often difficult to drill holes in houses made of reinforced concrete slabs. If you make repairs in such a house – stock up on a good punch. Otherwise, a fairly simple installation process of the box will turn into torment for you.

Mounting the frame from profiles

Given the comparative simplicity of the design, in order to make a gypsum board box with your own hands, you will need only two types of profiles – guides and racks.

But you still need to read with the markup. To do this, using a level (laser or water), it is necessary to mark the mounting points of the guide profile on the walls and / or ceiling. Simply put, you need to draw on the wall the outlines of your future box, and the level is needed so that its opposite sides are parallel both to the walls and to each other. According to the marking, you need to attach a guide profile. This is done with dowels in increments of 50cm.

Drywall Box Closing Pipes

Drywall box in the corner of the room

Let’s separately consider two options for the location of the box on the wall.

Box in the corner of the room

  • According to the marking, attach the guide profiles to the wall. Installation is carried out using dowels in increments of 50 cm. Then, at an angle of 90 degrees to the vertical profiles, install the guides on the ceiling.
  • At the intersection of the profiles, far from the walls, install another vertical profile and fasten it with a notch or self-tapping screws.

Interesting! The notch is a special tool for fastening metal profiles. Buying it for a one-time job is impractical, but if you plan large-scale work with the profile, it is better to spend money – the screener will significantly save your time.

  • Now you need to install several jumpers that will provide structural rigidity. To do this, place them every 40-60cm between the guide profiles and secure.

Important! If the width of your box does not exceed 30cm, installation of jumpers is not required.

The design is ready. You can proceed with the installation of GKL.

Box in the center of the wall

  • Attach guide profiles to the wall.
  • At an angle of 90 degrees to them, install profiles on the floor and ceiling.
  • Build a jumper on the floor and ceiling as far as possible from the wall and attach. Check construction level.
  • At the intersection of the guide profiles, install two vertical posts.
  • Proceed with the installation of jumpers as described above.
What to do when the pipe runs in the middle of the wall

Drywall box in the middle of the wall

Now it remains to sheathe the structure with drywall and you’re done. This is done with a screwdriver and small screws.

A plasterboard box on the ceiling is made according to the same principle, only the installation of stiffeners in this case is required.

Important! If the plasterboard box is designed to close water or sewer pipes, be sure to install the inspection hatch. It is needed for maintenance and repair of communications and allows you to access them without dismantling the structure.

Very often, such ducts are closed by sewer pipes, which not only spoil the appearance of the room, but also make quite a lot of noise. Unfortunately, in order to get rid of unpleasant sounds, one drywall is not enough. To do this, lay a layer of soundproofing material inside the duct.

As you can see, even a beginner can do work with drywall. You can mount such a simple design in one day, given the implementation of some painting work.


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