5 Tips for Installing Drywall in Your Home

Looking for a great DIY task for your home? If you’re an average UK homeowner, you would probably want to install drywall in your home sooner or later.

Applying plaster and then doing all the messy work is a thing of the past. With the advent of drywalls, now anyone can have a smooth finished wall within hours.

Top Tip: Check out this article to understand the difference between plaster and drywall.

Sound ProofingNot only that, drywalls are fire-resistant and also help to soundproof each room. In modern homes, some walls are only usually plasterboard and the sound travels terribly easily through them. They are a perfect choice if you wish to have a quiet house.

As a side note, they will also help improve the insulation of the room and save you money on heating costs.

Note: If you’re looking to take on a larger renovation project, check out my other article on that here.

You will also find them in offices, movie theatres and classrooms. Their easy installation process makes them most people’s favourite way to get all of the benefits listed above.

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However, you also need to have a little practice as well as patience for installing drywalls. Just because it is easy does not mean that you can do it first time and have a professional finish.

People tend to buy lots of tools but pay little attention to the seams. When applying drywall what is more important is the strokes and not the tools. Smooth and gentle strokes give a well-finished wall.

Now we’ve covered some of the basics, let’s look at the top 5 tips to help you install a drywall in your home.

1) Leave Outlets for Electrical Switchboards

When installing drywall in your house, always pay attention to leaving cutouts in the wall for switchboards and outlets.

A good way to make sure you get them all there is to draw a layout of how your room will look before you start any work.

If you wish to have a chandelier in your home, leave an outlet in the ceiling. If you don’t do that, the nails from the drywall may cut the wires creating a fire hazard. You can also get an electric sander for drywall, should you need it.

They can ensure that the wood smoothing process becomes faster. Some of the better electric sanders, for instance, are what most homeowners use when it comes to requiring to sand any surface or edge easily.

2) Apply drywall on ceilings first and then walls

The most common mistake that people tend make is applying drywall on walls first and then the ceiling.

Actually, the work should be done from the ceiling to the walls. When you apply drywall on walls first, there is a chance that the thickness on ceiling will get thicker or thinner.

But you can have a uniform consistency when done from the ceiling to the walls.

3) Apply thin layers

Always apply thin layers of drywall. You can have uniform and thin layers by adequately using the paper tape to wipe away extra material.

Thin layers help you build up the wall over time rather than trying to make it all happen in one go. The result will be a much smoother and better looking finish. Yes, it might take a little longer and require more effort but it’ll be worth it in the long run.

Planning Drywall Installation4) Getting measurements and making marks

Before installing any drywall, always make measurements and leave marks for the studs and outlets. This will make your work easier.

Also, when you are cutting out the drywall, exact measurements will ensure that there are no vacant spaces left.

5) Fill joints

While applying drywall, you will notice that the corners and the joints are vacant. Always use the pre-mixed, all-purpose drywall compound to fill these joints. Never leave the joints vacant.

Stir the mixture to a smooth consistency and start with horizontal seams. These 5 tips will help ensure that installing a drywall in your home is as easy as possible.

Here is a helpful video to show you how it’s done. It’s very long, but walks you through the complete process.