Can you put shelves up on plasterboard?

To put up a shelf on a plasterboard wall, you will need to find two studs (a stud is the upright wooden support in the wall to which the plasterboard is attached) to anchor your shelf brackets. Use your stud detector to find them, then draw two vertical guides along the lines of the studs.

Can you put floating shelves on a plasterboard wall?

We have provided the ultimate hardware solution for fitting floating shelves into plasterboard walls. These are used in conjunction with the innovative Gripit brown plasterboard fixings. The back of the shelves come pre-drilled with a relief making the fixing slot perfectly in place.

How much weight can plasterboard take?

Originally Answered: How much weight can a hollow wall/ plasterboard wall take? Your wall will be able to take as much weight as you can hang on it. Every 12″x12″ span of 1/2″ drywall can hold 40lb in pull out load, as if you were hanging from a ceiling. The other type of load is shear or pull down load.

Can you hang heavy things on plasterboard?

You can hang heavy items in plaster walls without driving screws into a stud. However, you should use screws with anchors to be more secure.

How do you hang a shelf on a plaster wall?


  1. Choose a style. Consider what you will be storing on your shelf.
  2. Locate wall studs. Use a stud finder to locate wooden studs hidden behind the plaster wall.
  3. Locate and mark your shelf.
  4. Mark the mounting brackets.
  5. Use the drill.
  6. Level it out.
  7. Mount the shelf.

Can you put a floating shelf on a plasterboard wall?

Unless you can screw them into a stud or something solid behind the plasterboard don’t bother trying to put a floating shelf on a plasterboard wall. It won’t take even the lightest load. You’d be better off using brackets that can be adjusted so each bracket can be screwed into a stud.

How do you attach studs to plasterboard walls?

On a stud wall, you can now fix the two supports in place by driving the screws through the plasterboard and into the timber stud behind. On a masonry wall, mark the length of the wall plugs on your masonry drill bit using masking tape. Then, using the ‘hammer’ setting, drill the screw holes to the marked depth.

How do you fix a hole in plasterboard walls?

There are a variety of fixing available just for this but what you cannot do is use ordinary wall plugs. The wallplugs do expand as you screw into them, but the plasterboard is soft and the expansion simply widens the hole you have put the plug into. In no time at all it will work loose.

How to hold up kitchen units in plasterboard walls?

We use Redidrive for holding up kitchen units in plasterboard walls. They are good. The second fixing we use is called a plastic or Nylon toggle. This is inserted (8mm hole for a medium toggle but always read the hole size on the packet first.) through a pre-drilled hole after squashing it flat.