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How to Create a Pass Through Wall

Take a cluttered laundry room and create an organized space that adds value to your home. One way to help stay organized is to install a pass through in the wall. Learn how with these easy step-by-step directions.

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install header into top of opening
  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Measure and Prepare for the Pass Through

Determine the location of the wall studs in the area where the pass-through will be located by tapping a nail into the wall until you hit a stud.

Once you have located the stud, use a hammer to knock holes in the wall (Image 1) between the studs, making sure there are no wires or plumbing in the area.

Measure the hole to be removed and mark the wall with a chalk line (Image 2).

Step 2: Remove Drywall and Studs

Use drywall saw to cut out the pass-through. Tear drywall away by hand (Image 1) or use prybar as needed.

Mark the other side of the wall at the corner of the cutout from the first side, cut and remove drywall.

Cut the studs that are exposed using a reciprocating saw (Image 2).

Step 3: Patch the Drywall

Install a header into the top of the opening, using jack studs to secure it into place.

With the header and jack stud assembly screwed into place, add new drywall (or reuse a scrap of the old over the top the exposed header.

Seal drywall at patched area using joint compound.

Step 4: Create the Pass Through

Install pine-casing cut to fit inside the pass-through.

Cut a sill stool to fit on bottom of pass-through and nail into place.

Stain sill and trim in desired color. Paint patched area of drywall, or wait until entire room is repainted.