best plasterboard fixings

Best Plasterboard Fixings – The Top 7 (and how to use them)

I’m guessing you arrived at this guide after going to the DIY store for some plasterboard fixings, expecting to have a couple to choose from, and then getting a little dizzy from all the choice. That’s what happened to me when I started writing this guide to the best plasterboard fixings.

I knew there would be different size fixings, and reckoned on a few different types depending on what was being fixed to the plasterboard, but 7 main types of plasterboard fixings?

Clearly, the public and I needed some help. Let me hold your hand and demystify the choices.

Pro Tip: Run a nifty little gadget called a stud detector over your walls to make sure you aren’t about to screw through a water pipe or electric cable

Best Plasterboard Fixings – The Top 7

1. Redidrive (self-drive)

redidrive plasterboard fixing

Use For: While they look like an evil alien probe, redidrives are sturdy and easy to fit. They are great for pinning plasterboard to wood battens or light switch plates to plasterboard. 

How to use: You insert the long screw into the probe bit and screw through the plasterboard into the wood. Drilling a small hole first isn’t necessary but can guard against the screw snapping. Only use on stud walls, redidrives cannot be used to affix plasterboard to masonry.

Pro Tip: To confuse things, these fixings are sometimes called ‘Ready Drive’.

At PWS, we’re big fans of the redidrive fixings below:

2. Plastic Toggle

plastic toggle plasterboard fixing

Use For: Plastic toggles are ideal for bearing heavy loads and should be inserted at the top of the object being fitted to the plasterboard.

How to use: The triangle part collapses so that it can be pushed through a pre-drilled hole in the plasterboard. Once through the hole, the triangle bounces back, fixing the toggle in place. Proceed to screw through the toggle and into the plasterboard; the triangle will be drawn up towards the plasterboard creating a robust fix.

3. Hollow Wall Anchor (or cavity fixing)

cavity fixing

Use For: Fixing objects to plasterboard walls when a strong brace is required.

How to use: It works nearly identically to the plastic toggle, although the anchor part is made of metal and is not triangular.

We love the cavity fixings below:

fischer 519771 HM Cavity Fixing, Zinc, 4 x 60 Schraube
  • Removal and installation of the attachment can be repeated without reducing load-carrying properties. This increases flexibility.
  • High load capacity due to the large supporting surface provided by the expansion arms.
  • Turning lock for convenient assembly: Claws on the edge of the fixing secure the fixing in board building material.
  • Suitable for pre-positioned installation.Complete with metric screw.

4. Butterfly Toggle

butterfly toggle plasterboard fixing

Use For: Butterfly toggles are ideal for hanging shelves.

How to use: They work the same way as plastic toggles and wall anchors but are made of metal, and the toggle is shaped differently. With butterflies, the metal toggle flattens back against the plasterboard when the screw is inserted, forming a vertical brace.

At PWS, we love the butterfly toggle fixings below:

Merriway BH02227 Wing Spring Toggle with Machine Screw for Hollow Wall Plasterboard, M6 x 75mm (3 inch x 1/4 inch) - Pack of 10
  • Pack of 10 x Wing Spring Toggle M6 x 75mm & Machine Screw
  • Hollow Wall, Cavity, Plasterboard Fixing
  • Heavy Duty Fixings & Anchors
  • If instructions for fixing, assembly or maintenance of the products are included in the packaging then please ensure that they are followed
  • Manufacturer: Merriway

5. Rubber Anchor Nut

anchor nut plasterboard fixing

Use For: A rubber anchor nut is a great all-rounder, fitting into irregular holes and resistant to corrosion. 

How to use: Drill through the plasterboard wall to create a hole for the anchor nut. Bash the rubber anchor nut in place with a hammer. Screw through into the cylinder where a metal thread inside the rubber guides the screw.

6. Universal RawlPlugs

plasterboard wall plugs

Use For: Standard rawlplugs are not strong enough to hold objects to plasterboard, but special universal ones can be used for lighter objects. 

How to use: Pre-drill the hole to the size of the wall plug, insert the plug and then turn the screw.

As for many types of fixings, we highly recommened fischer. Their rawlplugs below are by far the best in the market:

fischer 555010 DUOPOWER Wall Plug, Red/Grey, 10x50, Set of 50 Pieces
  • Two component materials for top load values and intelligent functioning depending on the substrate.
  • Great feedback (feel-good factor) of the plug. You can feel exactly when the plug is installed perfectly.
  • The narrow plug rim prevents slipping into the drill hole.
  • The serrated anti-rotation feature prevents rotation in the drill hole during installation.

7. GRIPIT Fixings

grip It plasterboard fixings

Use For: For fixing large items to plasterboard, try the new GRIPIT fixings.

How to use: GRIPIT fixings work by being inserted into a pre-drilled hole of between 15 and 25mm. After tapping the GRIPIT in place using a hammer, insert a screwdriver into the coloured plastic at the front to turn the metal wings at the back, locking the GRIPIT in place.

Pro Tip: With their bright colours and twisty design, GRIPIT fixings resemble a fidget spinner, so care should be taken not to leave near children

I hope this complete guide to plasterboard fixings has helped you navigate down that aisle at the DIY store.

By now, you should feel confident in choosing a fixing based on what you’re fixing into, how sturdy you need the support to be and what size fixing you need.

At PWS, we’re big fans of the GRIPIT multi-pack below:

Gripit GMIXEDKIT Mixed Plasterboard Fixing Kit - Supports Heavy Loads on Plasterboard Walls Up To 113kg
  • Very easy and quick to installs imply drill, tap and turn100% universal, removable and reusable, ideal for Dot & DAB walls, quick and easy to install just drill, tap and turn.
  • Suitable for all plasterboard types (9mm to 15mm) including Dot & DAB installations
  • Supports very heavy loads (up to 113kg) without the need for battening or additional anchor points, works on dot & DAB and insulated plasterboard
  • Removable and reusable
  • Packaging May Vary

Best Plasterboard Fixings Infographic

plasterboard fixings guide