Kinook blocks assemble the C-Studs together to create the metallic structure. Available in Kits or various quantity boxes.
Panels are used to skin the metallic structure.
They can be of different width and materials such as plasterboard, medium, wood etc ...
Use for example wood or medium for horizontal shelves (strong enough to support heavy books) and
for the vertical panels.
as they are able to drive through the metallic studs without starting holes.
Choose the size according to the panel width. Most common sizes are 25-30mm.
Use jointing compound filler or plaster to plus holes and cracks. Available premixed or powder bags.
Acrylic wall sealant
Use acrylic wall sealant to plug any space between panels.
Sand the initial compound layer and use finishing compound to smooth the surface before painting.
We have selected a list of quality tools appropriated for any Kinook DIY project.
Slats are used to band the edges of the constructions. Plinth can be found in the right dimensions and material.
Track studs are optional for Kinook constructions. We can used them on horizontal sections (floors on ceiling) or on some construction such as a nook to create a support for the panels.
Used to plug holes (e.g.: screw holes) on wood panels. There are various kind of wood filler, choose one that fit the panel material.
Pick a construction style
M48 metal studs are rectangular, measuring 48 x 36 mm.
We can use either side of the stud, depending on the thickness you want to use for your construction.
The various holes in the long Kinook block are used to position the C-stud on its 48 or 36mm side. This gives plenty of options to create shapes of various form.
watch the video for more details.
When using the small stud size (36mm), you may need extra small pieces of metal stud (see yellow on the graphic) to screw in the lower plasterboard panel.
Select material for the panels
Panel boards can be of any material of your choice: wood, plasterboard, Fermacell, melamine, MDF, etc.
The advantage of using plasterboard is that it is inexpensive and very easy to cut. On the other hand, plasterboard panels are quite fragile. Prefer stronger material such as MDF, Fermacell or wood for parts that will be subjected to high mechanical stress (ex: library shelves supporting books).
Naturally, different material can be used on a single construction; ex. using wood for the horizontal shelves, and plasterboard for the vertical panels.
It is important to choose the thickness of the panels in terms of esthetical considerations, but especially in terms of mechanical strength. Calculating and selecting the right material for the panels is crucial as it will give the construction the appropriate strength.
Estimate the blocks needed
draw a sketch plan of the construction and count the angles as explained below:
For any construction that will lean against a wall two types of angles must be calculated:
- Wall angles: angles against the wall. (studs are fixed against the wall and connect the structure with a profile consisting of 2 small Kinook blocks)
- Free Angles: angles are not pressing against a wall
Simple method for estimating the number of blocks required:
1) Wall Angles: number of small blocks needed = number of wall angles x 2number of long blocks needed = 0 2) Free Angles: number of small blocks needed = 2.5 x angles
number of long blocks needed = number of free angles
Example: Bookcase as represented in picture below
The bookcase has 6 shelves:
Wall angles: 13 (purple in picture) Free Angles : 13 (red in picture)
number of small blocks needed for wall angles : 13 x 2 = 26
number of small blocks needed for free angles : 13 x 2.5 = 32.5 ->33 Total number of small blocks needed: 59 (a box of 64 small blocks)
number of long blocks needed for wall angles : 0
number of long blocks needed for free angles : 13 Total number of long blocks needed: 13 (a box of 16 long blocks)
A more precise method :
The exact number of blocks your construction project will require can be calculated in the following way. Add the amount of long blocks and small blocks required for the profiles used in your construction.
To create the bookcase in the previous example, the exact number of blocks needed would be: