How Much Weight Can You Hang on Plasterboard?

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How Much Weight Can You Hang on Plasterboard?

Hanging things on walls is a great way to add character and personality to your home. It’s also really easy and inexpensive (even free) if you use plasterboard! We used hooks from the hardware store for all of our hanging needs. But how much weight can you hang on the plasterboard? That depends on the type of board that you’re using, but here are some general guidelines:

How Much Weight Can You Hang on Plasterboard?

There are different types of plasterboard, so it’s important to know which one you’re using before hanging anything. The type of board that is used is lightweight drywall treated to be moisture resistant and fireproof, but its weight varies widely depending on where you live. In general, boards can handle about 50 pounds per square foot up to 70 or even 100 pounds if they are supported by framing studs behind them.

What You Can’t Hang on Plasterboard

Some types of plasterboard can’t hold nails, screws, or hooks (for the most part), so do your research before putting anything up. Even if you’re using a board that is capable of holding weight, there are some things that will be better suited to other types of walls, like brick and concrete. Things like:

Things That Are Okay for Plasterboard Walls

Plasterboards aren’t just good for hanging pictures and shelves; they also work well with other types of wall coverings like wallpaper, paneling, and tile. Here are some things you can hang on your plasterboard walls that will give them a nice update:

Lighting Fixtures

Lighting fixtures are perfect when you want to add indirect lightings, like sconces or pendants. They’re also great for overhead lights that aren’t too heavy (so you don’t need any extra support). Just make sure that the fixture is securely hung and won’t rip through your board if studs do not support it.

Hooks, Hangers & Shelves

If you use hooks well spaced out on a wall without nails, they can hold up pretty much anything! If you prefer something more permanent, lightweight shelves are perfect because plasterboard doesn’t crack or break under stress as other materials would. You’ll just have to be careful when putting items on them, so they don’t push against an edge of the shelf and either rip off paint or leave a big hole in the board.

Lightweight Bookshelves

If you’re looking to add some character and storage space, a lightweight bookshelf is great for plasterboard walls. You can even make your own if you follow these simple instructions. Just be sure that the weight of what is on them isn’t too much because it could pull out from behind the board.

Mirror Frames

Mirror frames are great for adding a pop of color and light to any room. Just be sure that your board can support the weight before you go out and buy one. You’ll also want to use mirror clips or wall anchors if it isn’t going into studs behind the plasterboard just in case there’s some movement over time. Be sure you know how to do it or have some help from friends or experts.

Picture Frames

Picture frames are perfect for putting up photos, artwork, or anything else that, you’ll hang on the wall! Just be sure not to overload your board and make sure everything is hung securely. You don’t want it falling down with all of the time (and money) you’ve put into getting those pictures just right.

Lightweight Wall Art

Wall art is perfect for adding character to any plain-looking room, so why limit it to plasterboard? There are lots of options available depending on what kind of decorating style you have, including posters, paintings and prints, and more modern displays made from vinyl records or even CDs stacked up in different patterns.

Lightweight Plants & Flowers

Plants and flowers are perfect for adding some color to any kind of room, but they can be too heavy on plasterboard walls unless spaced apart from one another or used with hanging baskets that act as a support system off the wall (or if they’re very small). If you do choose plants, make sure not to use them in rooms like bathrooms where moisture may accumulate.

Plasterboard vs Drywall – Which One Should You Choose For Your Project

Drywall is a little more expensive, but it’s much stronger and can be used for almost all types of hanging projects. Plasterboard has been treated to help prevent moisture from getting behind the board or into any cracks that might form when you put things up on your walls. It also doesn’t require studs in order to support weight because it’s not as heavy-duty as drywall.

This makes plasterboard great for renters! So what do we recommend? If you’re going to use something lightweight like pictures frames, pot plants or small shelves then go with plasterboard since it will save you money and give you a nice decorative finish at the same time. If your project requires a sturdy wall (like a punching bag) then you’ll want to go with drywall since it can take more weight and won’t be ruined by moisture.

The type of board you use will depend on your project and personal preference. For most projects, plasterboard is fine since it’s cheap to begin with and can be painted or papered over when you’re done! Just make sure that you know how much weight it can hold before you start putting your new pieces up on the wall.

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