How to Anchor a 2 X 4 to Sheetrock

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Anchoring a 2-by-4 to drywall gives a basis for supporting heavier built-in furniture such as a bookcase. It should be done with care to ensure what is being built out is solidly attached to the wall. If the 2-by-4 is not properly anchored the item attached to it may not be sturdy, or remain level and plumb.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • 2-by-4 lumber
  • Drill
  • 4-inch screws
  • Level

Instructions on Anchoring a 2-by-4 to Drywall

  • Use the stud finder to locate the stud closest to where the 2-by-4 will be attached to the drywall.

  • Mark the location of the stud with the pencil. Marks should be made on the drywall approximately where each end of the 2-by-4 will be once anchored.

  • Line the 2-by-4 up with the marks on the wall. Use the drill to put in a single screw in one end of the 2-by-4.

  • Use the level to ensure the 2-by-4 is straight before putting a second screw in lumber approximately two feet down from the first screw.

  • Drive in one screw every two feet until the end of the board is reached. Use the level to ensure the 2-by-4 has not moved.

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