What is a Pony Wall?

February 6th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
What is a Pony Wall?

What on earth is a pony wall and why would you want one in your Loughton, Chigwell or Woodford home? Apparently they are about to make a comeback says Joanna Gaines.  So many homes have embraced the open plan but sometimes there is still the need for a den, an office, and or a laundry room. It can be good to have these spaces separated from the main space without closing it down.

So one solution is a pony wall, specifically, a pony wall topped with a shelving unit for added storage and plenty of light. So what is a pony wall? They are a wall a pony could come up to it and stick his head over also known as half walls.  A pony walls only come up halfway between floor and ceiling to partially divide a space. Pony walls differ from knee walls, which are generally intended to support something such as a countertop, handrail, or a rafter.

The origins of pony walls some say come from the short walls that were originally added to stables for ponies. Wikipedia attributes the invention to a Nebraska man named Walter Clydell in 1863, and Los Angeles-based interior designer Lonni Paul makes the same claim. But pony walls are perhaps more of a creative response to the open plan movement. 

As modern architecture evolved and started making its way into more and more Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford more and more walls came down to offer more open plan living. Pony walls started to become a solution to dividing a space gently while still maintaining the more open area. 

Pony walls aren't right for every space they have to be used carefully used so they fell like a thoughtful solution that ties into the architecture, materials, and overall space. But they can really add value to your Chigwell Loughton or Woodford home when used for specific circumstances, such as to hide a toilet from the sink area, divide a kitchen and formal dining room, or partition a balcony.