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  • Writer's pictureAnthony Carnicella

DIY Metal and Steel Stud Framing

Updated: Apr 30

Commercial Tenant Improvement

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Steel Stud Framing
Steel Stud Framing

You may have heard about metal stud framing in commercial projects, but did you know that many progressive home builders have switched from wood studs to metal studs for stronger buildings and faster construction times?

Metal Studs for Sturdy Framing 

Use metal studs when framing your next project to get superior strength and stability. The galvanized steel won't warp or twist, and it isn't susceptible to termites or other insect damage. There are a variety of metal studs in a range of gauges and sizes so you'll be sure to find the right studs for your project.

Steel Stud Framing
Steel Stud Framing

Framing with metal or steel studs and installing drywall is a common construction practice that provides durability, stability, and is often used in commercial and residential buildings. Here's a step-by-step guide for metal or steel stud framing and drywall installation:

Materials and Tools:

For Metal or Steel Stud Framing:

  1. Metal or steel studs

  2. Track channels

  3. Screws or fasteners

  4. Stud snips or aviation snips

  5. Screw gun or drill

  6. Level

  7. Tape measure

  8. Stud finder

For Drywall Installation:

  1. Drywall sheets

  2. Drywall screws

  3. Joint compound (mud)

  4. Drywall tape

  5. Corner beads

  6. Drywall knife

  7. T-square

  8. Utility knife

  9. Drywall saw

  10. Sanding block or sandpaper

  11. Joint tape

  12. Mud pan


  1. Plan and Layout:

    • Begin by planning the layout of your walls. Mark the locations of doors, windows, and any other openings.

  1. Measure and Cut:

    • Measure and cut the metal or steel studs to the desired lengths using stud snips or aviation snips. Ensure accurate measurements.

  1. Install Track Channels:

    • Attach track channels to the floor and ceiling, using screws to secure them in place. These channels will hold the studs in position.

  1. Install Studs:

    • Place the metal or steel studs into the track channels, securing them with screws. Use a level to ensure that the studs are plumb and straight.

  1. Create Openings:

    • Use a drywall saw or other appropriate tools to create openings for doors and windows. Install additional framing if needed around openings for proper support.

  1. Secure Corners and Intersections:

    • Secure metal or steel studs at corners and intersections, making sure they are properly aligned. Use additional framing or blocking as necessary.

  1. Measure and Cut Drywall:

    • Measure and cut drywall sheets to fit the walls and ceilings. Use a T-square and a utility knife for straight cuts and a drywall saw for openings.

  1. Install Drywall:

    • Secure the drywall sheets to the metal or steel studs using drywall screws. Begin at one corner and work your way across, staggering the seams between sheets.

  1. Tape and Mud Joints:

    • Apply joint tape to the seams between the drywall sheets. Use a drywall knife to cover the tape with joint compound, creating a smooth surface. Allow it to dry completely.

  1. Corner Beads and Additional Coats:

    • Install corner beads on external corners and apply additional coats of joint compound as needed. Sand between coats for a smooth finish.

  1. Patch and Repair:

    • Patch any imperfections or holes with joint compound. Sand the patched areas for a seamless finish.

  1. Prime and Paint:

    • Prime the drywall and once dry, paint the walls with the desired color.

  1. Final Touches and Clean Up:

    • Inspect the entire drywalled area for any imperfections. Touch up as needed, and then clean up the workspace by removing excess dust and debris.

Ensure that you follow local building codes and regulations throughout the process. If you're not experienced in framing and drywall installation, consider consulting or hiring a professional for assistance.


Metal stud framing is often used for non-load bearing wall framing in basements, attics and garages. It's mold and mildew proof, and its light weight makes it easier to handle than some other options. Added stiffening enhancements provide even greater strength and durability.


Commercial Tenant Improvement
Commercial Tenant Improvement

Metal stud framing is the use of cold-formed steel to build the interior and exterior walls of both residential and commercial structures. Metal stud walls are built with two main members: a steel stud and a track. Metal studs are manufactured from higher gauge steel, and are used in load-bearing, or structural, walls.


Commercial Tenant Improvement
Commercial Tenant Improvement


AC Interiors Inc, we strive to provide superior quality residential and commercial drywall services to clients throughout the region. With a comprehensive range of services, our experienced team is committed to delivering projects on time and on budget. Whether it’s a new construction or renovation project, we have the expertise to get the job done right. We take pride in our craftsmanship and are passionate about every job that we take on. Our skilled drywall hangers, tapers, and metal stud framers are dedicated to providing a high level of service and quality that meets and exceeds our clients’ expectations. With us, you can count on getting the job done right the first time.


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