Q&A With Jean: Do I Need Temporary Walls?

Sweeten’s Founder + CEO Answers Your Renovation Questions

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Welcome to #7 in our series, designed to bring clarity to some of the mysteries of renovating! Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or a serial renovator, each project brings with it a new set of circumstances and new questions, and Sweeten is here to be a source of knowledge and reassurance. 

QUESTION: Do I need temporary walls?

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A temporary wall seals off Heather’s kitchen renovation from the rest of her apartment

JEAN: Temporary walls are a way for you to protect the parts of your home that are not being renovated from all the dust and debris that is created from the parts that are. We see a lot of people using zipper walls, which are made of sheets of plastic. The plastic allows the space to be completely sealed off but still accessible because of the zipper. If you are doing a renovation that affects your entire home or apartment, you don’t need temporary walls, because everything is going to end up dusty and will need to be cleaned once the project is complete.


If you are renovating your kitchen only, then we suggest creating a barrier between the space that’s being renovated and the spaces that are not, especially if you’re living in the home while the work is being done. If this is the case, be mindful of the particles in the air, some of which can be harmful to your health. You’ll want to keep all of those particles on the other side of the temporary walls.

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Looking for more advice from Jean? Be sure to check out the sixth installment in this series, Q&A with Jean: What Is Skim Coating and Why Is It So Expensive?

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