If you need to hang something in your home. It’s always best to drill into wood studs. However, if a wood stud is not available, you can drill directly into your drywall. Drywall provides a solid versatile surface for you to drive a screw. With help from the right drywall anchors, it can hold a surprising amount of weight.
There are many types of drywall anchors, but all share a similar trait. They expand behind your drywall, providing an anchor to hang a heavy object. In this beginner’s-level project, which will only take you about five minutes, we’ll walk you through how to install drywall anchors so you can hang whatever you’d like, from shelves to a flat screen TV with the confidence that it will safely stay put.
Here’s what you’ll need:
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Drill and Drill Bits
- Pack of Drywall Anchors (properly rated for the weight of whatever you’ll be hanging)
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear.
Select anchors. The first thing you’ll need to do is select the right anchors for the job. When purchasing drywall anchors, carefully read packaging, making sure their weight rating can handle the weight of the item you’ll be hanging.
Pre-drill. We recommend always pre-drilling holes before installing your anchors. This will ensure that your anchor goes smoothly into your drywall. When pre-drilling, be sure to pre-drill your hole with a bit smaller than your anchor. If your anchor is self-drilling, you can skip this step.
Drill in screw. Drill the screw into the anchor. As you do this, the anchor will expand behind the wall.
Hang item. Carefully hang the item on the wall as instructed. Stand back and admire a job well done.