By Carol McFadden
If you are a young professional or student living in New York City, paying a reasonable amount of rent often means taking on a roommate or two as well. Too much togetherness is not necessarily a good thing, however, and sharing a one-bedroom can create real problems. Many cramped New Yorkers solve this problem by having pressurized walls installed. Here are some of the basics about them to help you decide if they might be a good option for your living situation.
A pressurized wall is just what its name implies: it is a wall that is held in place by pressure rather than by a framed structure. It is meant to be used as a temporary wall with a very specific job: to create privacy or extra storage space where previously there was none. There are no studs, no nails or glue or screws. Most New York landlords and building owners prohibit altering an apartment’s original structure, and since a pressurized wall leaves no marks behind when it is removed, having one installed is usually not against the terms of a lease.
Pressurized walls are completely safe but should be installed by professionals to make sure it is done right. They come in a variety of designs and can be customized according to your needs. For example, if you are using one to create an extra bedroom, your wall can come with a door for ease of entry and exit.
If you are using one to create a home office, you can have one installed that comes with attractive French doors and even a window. Soundproofing the wall ensures that your new living space offers not just visual, but auditory privacy too. Many residents even use these walls to create instant closet space!
Pressurized walls can be painted to match your apartment’s decor so that they look as if they’ve been there all along. Many folks choose to pay a little extra for seamless walls since they look more natural, but there is no difference in performance between seamed and seamless pressurized walls.
As can be imagined, there are many companies who provide pressurized walls to New York City residents, so make sure to choose one with a great reputation that offers fantastic service, no-hassle seven-day-a-week installation, and free take down. The company should be flexible in its services and be able to custom create your new room however you’d like it: in an “L,” a “T,” or any other way you’d like it.
New York City living is expensive, but pressurized walls allow residents to get more livable space for their rent money.
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