Yesterday, our Painting Technician, Tim, instructed us on how to building screens (aka partition walls) for the degree show. It is also a useful skill to know for the future, in case I have to build my own exhibition some day!


Here’s what you need:

  • Safety glasses
  • steel-capped workboots
  • 18mm lightweight MDF sheets (recommend from a quality wood shop not B&Q)
  • Hammer
  • Nails (wood nails and/or masonry nails)
  • hacksaw
  • 1 x 2 inch planed boards
  • “T” bars and straight bars to connect and stabilise wall sections and corners (optional)

The basic order of things:

  1.  SAFETY FIRST!! WEAR SAFETY goggles!! (and steel-capped work boots)
  2. put the wood stud on the wall, nails in diagonally (holds to wall better)
  3. Put wood stud in the floor – NOTE:  masonry nails for concrete, else wood nails for parquet floors
  4. Use brackets to secure screens together for support
  5. Put up main walls
  6. Saw off extra floor stud (no need to measure)
  7. Measure up centre of end piece, hammer nails partway thru so they can easily go into the screen
  8. Put the end piece in place, hammer in centre nails rest of the way
  9. May need to saw off extra of the end screen floor stud, AT A DIAGONAL
MDF boards. Image courtesy
MDF boards. Image courtesy