How to Straighten Bowed Stud Walls

Minor tweaks make a major difference in the finished wall

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Cordless drill
  • Circular saw
  • Block plane
  • Level
  • Straightedge

If you have more than one stud to plane, you may need a power plane.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 2 x 4s (to replace badly warped studs)
  • 1 x 3s (for inward bows)
  • 16d framing nails
  • 2-1/2-in. screws