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What is a good way to reinforce a wall? Answered

I have a recliner that is broken beyond repair (the back falls flat), so I have it propped up against a wall, but I'm concerned that I'm going to end up with a hole in my wall.  I've been trying to think of a way to reinforce the wall so this doesn't happen, but I've been unable to make a decision.  My only idea is to use a large, thin, rectangular piece of wood and screw it to the studs... figured that would spread out the pressure and do less harm to my wall.

Any better ideas?

And no, I'm not trying to fix the recliner, already tried that, and I'm NOT throwing it away :)

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Re-designBest Answer (author)2010-11-03

Buy a half sheet of 3/4 plywood at home depot. place this against the wall where the chair leans against the wall. That way it bridges across atleast 2 studs taking the pressure off the sheetrock or plaster.

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orksecurity (author)2010-11-03

Be aware that the support piece is likely to get dinged up as the chair rubs against it, as is the finish on the chair where it contacts the support.

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orksecurity (author)orksecurity2010-11-03

I'd also add that you may want to think about how to finish the ply to make it appear deliberate rather than a "there, I fixed it" patch. The overkill solution would be to do wainscoting around the entire room... Failing that, you probably at least want to try to finish the ply so it blends into the wall -- or go the other direction and make it a design statement.

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OtisDrftwood (author)2010-11-03

Thanks for the ideas; looks like my original idea seems to be do-able. I figured that would be the best way, but I wanted to run it by someone other than my dog (he's never any help!)

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Re-design (author)2010-11-03

Thinner plywood would work but anything less than 3/4" will warp just from the room humidity.

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acidbass (author)2010-11-03

plywood.sheetmetal that you could make stylish,a bike, guitar so forth

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