Anytime you need to hang something on the wall, and it’s not convenient to drill into a stud, you should use a drywall anchor.
But what are drywall anchors?
Drywall anchors can be metal or plastic and go into the wall before a screw or bolt. Unlike a standard nail, these anchors grip the drywall, offering firm support to hang pictures, mirrors, and decor.
However, not all drywall anchors are the same. There are five basic types of anchors, each with its own weight limits and specifications.
Here’s what you should know.
Do I Need Drywall Anchors?
Drywall is brittle, and when you use a nail to hang an item, the force can stress the drywall, causing the nail to slip out. So, while it’s ideal to use drywall anchors to hang heavier objects, you can usually get away with using only a nail for items less than five pounds.
For example, objects that pull forward like a shelf or 3D decor will be more likely to rip the nail out of the wall than a small picture frame – even if they weigh the same amount.
What Can I Use Instead Of Drywall Anchors?
If you don’t have a drywall anchor, you can use a screw placed into a wall stud. Unlike brittle gypsum drywall, a stud can securely hold heavy-duty items without special anchors.
Why Do My Drywall Anchors Keep Pulling Out?
The number one reason drywall anchors pull from the wall is that they have too much weight on them. This is especially the case for standard plastic anchors.
So your best bet is to replace your weak anchor with something stronger.
Can You Reuse Drywall Anchor Holes?
Yes, sometimes you can reuse drywall anchor holes. For example, if you’ve taken out a plastic anchor, you can probably replace it with another plastic or metal anchor without a problem.
But if the wall or hole was damaged when you removed the anchor, then you probably shouldn’t.
Drywall anchors are crucial if you’re hanging items on the wall and can’t locate a stud. There are several types to choose from based on what you’re hanging and personal preferences.
The standard plastic anchors you often see don’t hold much weight and are ideal for lightweight items like picture frames and curtain rods. If you need to hang a heavier object, go for toggle bolts, pull-toggles, or metal anchors.