Turning this front coat closet into a mini mud room/bench storage thing. Trying to figure out if this closet wall is load bearing. It’s just a 17” wall framed with 2x4’s so I don’t think so, but it runs the same direction as the primary load bearing walls so I simply want to make sure. Any feedback is welcome, thank you!
Since you're renovating it's not too big a deal to remove the ceiling so you can have more certainty. From the available clues:
- It looks very much like it was built after the load bearing walls went up, to create the desired opening for the closet door and only for that purpose.
- If it was a load bearing wall I wouldn't expect the extra stud nailed to the wall on the right ... it would be odd to build it that way, and odder still to have it supporting the small bit of framing on the top that is clearly there for the closet wall alone.
- If it was a load bearing wall I would expect the stud on the left to be double or triple and a header going across what was the closet door.
None of that is conclusive. Just encouragement to keep checking. When you refinish this space it will be only a little extra work to repair the ceiling.