Framing Garage with Metal Studs?

by Marlayna

We have an already built garage made out of cinder blocks. We want to finish the inside to make it a hangout spot. We are planning on using metal framing due to cost. What stud size should we use? Our garage is 12 feet in height to ceiling.

  8 answers
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 07, 2021

    Hello there,

    8 x 4 on there side will give you 12 foot. Hope that helps!

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 07, 2021

    Hi Marlayna, 1″x 3″

    You can add some 1″x 3″ (or even 1″ x 2″) studs attached directly to the concrete block, be sure to give them 16" centers, so paneling or drywall (if you want)will be easy peasy

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 07, 2021

    If you’re going to run electrical through the studs, consider the depth of standard boxes.

    Also the sole plate needs to be galvanized at a minimum, concrete wicks moisture.

  • You might double check with your local building department, see if metal studs are ok to use. I personally would be concerned about rusting and future failure.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 07, 2021

    Hi! You are going to need to meet building codes in your area and it also never hurts to check with your homeowners insurance for updating your policy before getting started. Check also what permits you may need. Without debating what type of frames are best, I would suggest considering insulation and wiring needs for the framing. The depth and distance will be the determining factor on what size and how many you need. The more standard you keep your placement, the easier it will be to install everything else. Good luck!

  • William William on Mar 08, 2021

    Building codes would only apply if the garage is attached to the house. Ann from Apple Street Cottage has the best solution. Do not attach the studs to the block wall. They will rust from moisture and and "salts" in the blocks. Use 3/4" pieces of wood as shims where you plan to screw them into the wall. A solid run of 3/4" pressure treated board along the bottom and top of the wall.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 11, 2024

    Maybe go for shiplap or make a grid and use 6' x 4' long panels