False Wall

Walls are the most common architectural elements. Four walls and a roof constitute a rudimentary architectural piece. Fast forwarding into the 21st century, every architectural element has a variety of options to choose from, be it the type of construction, material and quality. A false fall is one such subset.

False walls are called so for its own reasons. A conventional wall is part of the larger structural grid, which means, it is connected to the skeleton of the building-which include the floors, slabs beams and columns. Due to this connection, they are responsible for transmitting loads from top to bottom. This requires them to be rigid and durable. But at the same time, it compromises the flexibility as they have to be placed only at certain locations of the grid. More so, they must be made at the time of construction. Hence in the event of a renovation, adding a structural masonry wall can be inconvenient. This is where a false wall comes into the picture. They are lightweight elements that are not part of the structural grid, which means they have no role in transmitting the load of the building. They are as good as furniture elements, but with much more purpose apart from aesthetics.

False Wall

False Wall

Why is a False wall required?

False walls are the plug-ins in your house that can be used to partition larger spaces, route services like electrical conduits, air conditioning ducts, plumbing lines etc. or add aesthetic elements for decorating the space. They can also be used to insulate the space from sound and outside temperature.

False wall to partition spaces

False walls come in very handy in segregating spaces meant for different uses. They can be used to partition a large bedroom into sleeping area and wardrobe/dress area (refer pic above). False walls can block visual connection in certain areas and can be used to make spaces of privacy, like a closet or changing room, which is why they are used in bedrooms. Large living areas can be divided into formal and informal seating spaces. Bathrooms frequently use false walls to partition wet and dry areas and route plumbing lines.

False wall in Bathroom

False wall in Bathroom

False walls are commonly used in office spaces to create cubicles and cabins. They give flexibility to easily modify the layout of the space whenever required. All electrical conduits can be easily routed and conveniently placed in the false walls.

False wall to hide services

False walls are good elements to hide service related facilities. Exposed electrical wires or AC Ducts can be hidden using a false wall. This can be done either by embedding them inside the wall, or fitting them in between the false wall and main wall. The image below shows the role of false wall in creating an impeccable and clutter free TV unit. The cables for lighting and TV connections are tucked behind the false wall giving a neat sophisticated look to the living area.

Fale Wall behind TV

False Wall behind TV

False walls for insulation

False walls can be used to regulate temperature of a room. One method is constructing them parallel to the main wall separated by an air gap. This air gap insulates the room and restricts dramatic changes in temperature. The same air gap has sound insulation capabilities as well as sound travels through air. Goes without saying that increasing the air gap increases the sound insulation. But this should be done in accordance with the rest of the room, and if there is enough space for the wall. The gap can be filled with sound insulating material like glass wool to create sound proof spaces.

False walls for interior decor

Aside from privacy, false walls give a home owner some more creative flexibility. They can be installed in living and dining rooms to serve as translucent partitions. They are wallpaper friendly which helps make a space more vibrant.  False walls can be used to form niches or alcoves, for playing with the interior form of the room. They can be placed on the accent wall fitted with spot lighting to accentuate art pieces.

False Wall for Decor

False Wall for Decor

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