After you have framed a room that you are finishing, the next important step is to put up the sheetrock, or drywall, that will eventually be the walls seen by the inhabitant of the room. This is a very important part of the process, since it deals with more of the aesthetic side of the construction rather than the internal.
So when you are installing sheetrock, you should do it as carefully as you can. If you are more informed about the process before you begin, you will be less likely to make mistakes that will cost you the integrity of your wall. So here are some the basic guidelines you should follow when installing sheetrock.
Sizing your Sheets
Sheets of drywall come in different thicknesses, but are almost universally sold in 4 foot by 8 foot sheets. To get your room fully covered, you will have to figure out the most efficient usage of sheetrock that involves the least amount of cutting or slicing. You want to fit the pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle, so that your wall is fully covered with pieces of drywall.
Of course you should only do this on paper, and not cut any drywall yet. Once you have the whole plan drawn up, cut the first piece of plywood. Have someone help you hold it in place as you use a drill to screw it into the studs. Then you can cut the next piece and repeat. Always just cut one piece at a time, in case your measurements were off. You do not want to ruin the whole pile by cutting them an inch too short.
After the Installation of Sheetrock
Once all the drywall is up, your room will be far from done. You will still need to install paper strips known as beads in the corners. These will allow the corners to look smooth and not have a small line where the two pieces of drywall conjoin. The same goes with flat drywall adjacent to each other.
You can hold the paper in place with a few tacks, then slather it with mud and flatten it all out. Once you have all the creases and gaps looking good, you will probably texture the room (you may need to prime it first.
It depends on your texture, your primer, your drywall, and your paint). This involves spraying the texturing onto the wall. This is what gives it its bumpy look and feel. After it is textured, you can paint it the color of your choice and you have finished walls.
After the walls are finished, there are a few other things you need to take care of before the room is complete. These include the trim on the doors and walls, the ceiling, the carpet, and any electrical outlets that you would like to install. All of these things must be separately considered, and they can add up to be fairly overwhelming for someone building a room.
Just take it one step at a time. Wire the room, frame it, drywall it, paint it, and so on. Each one is just like a little mini-project, and they all work together towards the bigger goal of having a great new room in your house. Start today, and you will begin to see it all come together sooner than you may think.