I taped off a section (a pretend wall), to see if I liked the the height and length. I lived with this for a few days to make sure.
The hubs started with a frame and stapled bead board on. We added molding and capped it with a top...
After sanding, caulking, and painting we had a half wall.
I added hooks for coats, leashes etc... makes more of a 'mudroom' feel. I still want to make an IKEA trip to find some sort of shoe cabinet/bench for storage and of course somewhere for our butts to sit to put on/off our shoes.