Hanging drywall vertically can have benefits in certain installations. It is an unusual practice to do in a home. Sheetrock can be hung anyway you w
ant, there are particular ways of hanging it to reduce waste, finishing, and time. It is also ran to break seams in places that are less likely to crack from settlement.
Where To Hang Drywall Vertically
There are many places in a home to hang it vertically. Any place under 4′ will have the benefit of reducing the center flat joint when finishing. Some of these would be the closet walls, ends of hallways, and heater rooms. These are often small difficult to work in
On the job site we would call these “stand ups”. In commercial jobs they are used frequently. For building with ceiling under 12 feet that are getting drop ceilings they cut down the finishing of cross flats. This saves time and creates less taping, finishing, and sanding.
Hanging Drywall Vertically
When the studs are 16 inches apart the vertical sheet should fall center of the third stud. Start at the end with a full 16 inch bay if possible. If you can not do this then rip the first board down to fall center of the second stud. This will put you on 48 inch spans again.
In horizontal installation with a ceiling you put the top layer, then jack the bottom layer to it tightening the seam. This is the same with stand ups and a ceiling. Stand ups with a drop ceiling are easier because of no top angle. Put it up , center it on the stud and start hanging.
Once you finish hanging the drywall, it becomes time to consider finishing it. Your first choice will be in the tape to use. Paper or fiberglass mesh are the choices. By running stand ups you eliminate the cross flat(butt end) joints.
I have heard the argument about stand ups having more footage to tape. Where a 14 foot wall will have 3 seams vertically. That is 24 feet on an 8′ ceiling, with horizontal you would have a 14″ seam and two 4″seams. This is 2′ less then stand ups but you do not have the cross flats that have to be tied into regular flats when finishing.