I live in a typicall boring 1970's community. All the rooms are
zsetup like all other houses/rooms of that time period 2 story
All the wall corners are standard 90 degree corners. I would love to
soften some of these by making them rounded corners where two walls
meet (outside corners walls meeting). I imagine simply tearing out
the corner framing and corner bead where the two pieces of drywall
walls meet - maybe 12inches worth on both sides.
I wonder if there are and tricks then to position the framing stud and
the trick to bending drywall in an arc?
Rather not guess ;^)
we are talking sections of a 2 foot cylinder. That gets back into the
framing for that wall corner, which is NOT trivial for a DIY project,
especially if either or both walls are load bearing. And how do you finish
out the wall on the back side, if it doesn't happen to be dead space? Plus
'little' details like how to make baseboard look right, and piece the
missing spot of floor back in. Not A Minor Project.
The rounded corner bead would be a DIY project, since the actual wall
structure doesn't change.
Personally, I <like> 1970s interior styles, as long as they were high up
enough on food chain to have hardwood floors and trim, not shag carpet and
I'm sure that this isn't going to help the OP, but I couldn't help
remembering a house I saw back in the '60s, in the vicinity of Columbia, SC,
that had round exterior load bearing corners. They were made from solid
quartered tree trunks which had been hollowed out so that they formed a base
for the curved corners inside. It probably helped that the family owned a
big lumber yard.
I've seen metal tracks that are designed specifically for framing curved
walls (Can't remember who makes them). They consist of a lot of small
sections tied together that you can bend into any curve. Mount one track at
the ceiling, another at the floor, and attach the studs in between. It
might be something to look into if you're serious about a large curve.
I also saw an article in a magazine a few years back (Probably Fine
Homebuilding or Family Handyman) that created the corner section by
building a corner out of two strips of plywood, with plywood "shelves"
every 16" to 24" or so. Each "shelf" had the curve cut in it. If I remember
right, the curve was limited to the depth of the stud. So, the room with
the inside corner on the other side of the wall still had the 90 degree
corner. This would probably be the easiest, and least invasive, approach
next to just using the nail-on drywall corners.
Keep in mind you'll need to bend the drywall, around the curves, and as
ameijers said, you'll have to patch the floor and ceiling too.
Just a "devil's advocate" warning here: if you ever sell the
place, are you sure that potential buyers will see this as a
I've seen it done first hand in a commercial remodeling job,
they used steel studs with cuts and cut out notches to form
identical top and bottom "plates", then used 4 or 5 studs
around the arch to give it good backing. They also had a
larger radius than you're talking, but the same method might
work for you. They literally "hosed down" the drywall pieces
to saturate them as much as possible, then laid them on a
beam/sawhorse gizmo (10' long) so the weight of them would
droop down the edges. Let them dry out that way and you have
an arched piece of drywall that you can attach to those studs
with a little finess and patience, I imagine it would be
downright impossible with a rigid, straight piece.
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Hey, thanks for all the thoughtful replies. Makes me more cautious
about doing it (didnt think about the floors and trim that much).
Also didnt consider whether the next owner would like it. Hmmm. Much
to consider. Will think sthis thru more carefully, but think I will
still try it.
But which method....hmmm.
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