How To Install Dry Wall Anchors

How To Install Drywall Anchors

Hanging items from the wall in your living room or bedroom, whether they be heavy items like speakers, paintings or other decorative items, you’ll want to use a stud to keep it in place.

However, sometimes your apartment won’t have a stud where you want to hang your decoration.

Also, screwing a nail directly into your drywall will result in severe cracking and damage to the paintwork.

If the item is particularly heavy, you’ll see your screw becoming dislodged and your item falling even after a few weeks of hanging. You’ll want a stud with a decent bite in the wall.

However, there is another way of securing something to your wall and that’s with drywall anchors.

A drywall anchor will maintain a distance between your screw and your drywall, creating a bite that is much more supportive than simply a screw on its own.

Once the anchor is in the screw, you can expect the object to be held in place for a much longer period.

However, depending on the size and weight of the object you’ll want to be hanging, there are numerous different styles of drywall anchor you can choose from.

But how do you install a drywall anchor? What are the various kinds of anchor and how do they help you keep your item firmly fixed to the wall? How much will you have to pay for one of these unique anchors?

Well, if you do want to decorate your bland living room or bedroom space, then you won’t have to worry, because we’ve got a comprehensive guide to installing all the varieties of drywall anchor available.

We’ll cover expansion and threaded anchors, as well as molly and toggle bolts.

After reading this article, so should have everything you need to know for hanging your favorite family portraits, soundbars or even your guitar.

Using The Correct Tools

Before you start dividing up space on your bedroom wall, you’re going to need a few handy tools to help you affix your decorations.

Don’t worry, you won’t need every tool in your toolshed. We’ve broken it down into just 3 tools that will help you get started.

  • A hammer
  • A power drill
  • Drywall anchors

That’s right, it’s that simple. Using these 3 tools, you can transform your living room or bedroom into your personalized art gallery or keep your precious electronic or musical equipment out of the reach of your children’s hands.

Make sure you’ve got all those items before you gather your pictures together. Once you have them, let’s get to work.

Using Expansion Anchors

These are the anchors that you might have already spotted in other people’s homes, as they are the most common of all the drywall anchors.

They’re small and very basic, and they’ll often come with most shelf mounting kits.

The reason that they’re called expansion anchors is that they expand against the drywall once you’ve inserted them and the screw.

They are the most basic type of anchor because they cannot carry a significant amount of weight, around 10 to 20-pounds.

If you take a look at the packaging of these screws, it should tell you the maximum holding strength for your anchors.

To mount an expansion anchor, we would suggest that you first start by drilling a hole in the wall that is the size of the anchor itself.

Once this has been done, use the hammer to drive the anchor into the wall. This is a good way of testing whether the hole you have created is big enough to accommodate your anchor.

If your hole is big enough, hammer the anchor gently into the wall until it is flush with it. Then take the screw and hammer it into the anchor.

You should be able to feel a slight amount of resistance from the screw as it fills the capacity of your anchor hold.

To measure the positioning of whatever you are hanging, then have one person hold it up in the correct position (checking it is level with a spirit gauge) then drive the screws into the right position.

However, if you do not have someone else at hand to help, then drive the screws in and mount the item afterward.

Using Threaded Anchors

Threaded anchors, also called Zip-Its, are basically the same shape as large screws, with a swirling spike on the underneath to drive into the wall in much the same way as you would a screw.

Threaded anchors act as doubled-up screws that secure your metal screw in place, giving it a much harsher bite.

However, there isn’t much hold on these screws, so they should still only be used to support lighter furniture or decorations.

For installation, all you need to do is drill a hole that can accommodate just the tip of your threaded anchor.

Then use a screwdriver to drive the anchor into the wall, which should naturally widen the size of the hole you’ve already drilled to accommodate the screw.

Then drive your metal screw into the anchor, stopping when you feel a firm level of resistance.

Using Molly Bolts

Now, this is a very heavy-duty drywall anchor, allowing you to hang any number of items not just from drywall, but from regular brick and concrete too.

To install a molly bolt, you need to drill a hole that is the same diameter, in much the same way as you would for an expansion anchor.

Then hammer this anchor in until it is flush to the wall. These bolts are designed with teeth that bite hard into the drywall, so make sure you drive them far enough into the wall so they can dig in.

Using Toggle Bolts

Toggle bolts are the strongest model of anchors that we have on this list, although their method of installation is slightly trickier.

First, you have to drill a hole that’s large enough to plug your toggle into once it’s been folded down. In most cases, the hole will be large enough for you to squeeze just the head on the screw through.

This makes toggle bolts ideal for mounting shelves where you might need the screw to also act as a washer.