Taking down a load-bearing wall needs to be replaced with a beam Removing one is significantly different from removing an interior non-load bearing walls. Load-bearing walls are structural elements that help support the weight of the house. Non-load bearing walls, also called partition walls, do not support loads from above and are simply there to divide spaces. If you’re considering removing a load-bearing wall to have an open concept, it’s always good to hire a professional that knows how to proceed.