This project should be done at the beginning of the new school year.
The duration of this project is completely dependent on how large of a wall you need.
KEEP IN MIND, you will PROBABLY need to drill at least one hole into your wall. Do what you have to, to avoid making the holes too noticeable. In other words... PREDICT damage that may be seen at the end of the year, hint hint. My wooden frame uses about THREE wall holes.
Why: Your roommate smells. Your roommate is noisy. You have a girlfriend. You don't have a girlfriend. Your 21 and think it's unreasonable that your University does not provide adequate housing... you would understand if you knew what we paid per month.
Everything seen in this guide can be found at lowes/home depot... I'm sure you could also supplement some of the items used for hardware found at local stores.
The wall is also really sturdy, but I think I used the bare minimum in order to accomplish this.
Without tools: $120,
With tools: Roughly $50
This project will reduce noise by about 70% and eliminate all light... mostly.
** Also, you should probably get your roommates permission.
*** The entire project took about 5 hours to complete.
**** There was no glue or joint compound used in this project, it is fairly clean and straight forward.
***** If you are concerned that your room may spontaneously combust, this project will probably facilitate the burning process.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Drywall is pretty cheap so you should buy about 1.5 times more than you would think to buy.
Enough Wooden studs to build a frame in the are you want to frame off. (The length of your pieces should match up with the height of your ceiling. You also may want to have one long piece going to the door, so keep that in mind when picking wood. I used 1.5"x1"x9'. I think 96" is a standard ceiling size in college dorm rooms.
1xbox of concrete screws,
1xbox of drywall screws, ($6.23 for a 4'x'8'x1/4")
1 twin bed sheet,
1 sliding door kit ($12.99)
1 unmounted door ($19 at lowes... it's pretty light too)
A roll of velcro tape
Foam tape (cover up drill holes and adds sound insulation. It also helps create a seal)
1 inch Copper tube straddle ( this was just a cheap way to make a handle, you can get whatever you'd like)
1 Twin XL fitted sheet ($9.99 target(tar-zhe) )
Miter Box ( for a college dorm room this is essential, the room is too small to use clamps in odd places.)