How to Attach Drywall to Concrete Block

An old masonry wall can be covered with furring strips and drywall.
An old masonry wall can be covered with furring strips and drywall. (Image: concrete wall image by bayu harsa from Fotolia.com)

A concrete block wall in your home or basement may not coordinate with the design style you are attempting to achieve. One of the least expensive ways to cover up your concrete block is drywall. The only thing that differentiates this project from any other drywall project is attaching the drywall to the concrete block. Hanging drywall on concrete block walls requires the use of furring strips. Furring strips are long, narrow strips of wood that are attached to the concrete block. The strips usually run vertically along the wall. The drywall can then be attached to the strips.

Things You'll Need

  • Furring strips
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Anchor
  • Screws
  • Drywall nails
  • Nail gun

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Determine where you will install furring strips along your block walls. The strips should be roughly 16 to 24 inches apart and fall in the center and each edge of the drywall sheets. The lumber is hung vertically. Measure and mark the walls with a pencil to determine the placement of the furring strips.

Measure the height of the wall from floor to ceiling. Trim each strip with a circular saw to match these measurements.

Find a mark for your furring strip. Measure the wall from the floor up 24 inches. Drill a hole through the concrete block using a masonry drill bit. Drill another hole 24 inches above the first. Repeat all the way up the wall every 24 inches. Drill corresponding holes in the furring strip.

Hold the furring strip in place. Slide an anchor through the furring strip and into the concrete block. Place a screw through the strip and into the anchor. Tighten the screw to secure the furring strip to the wall. Repeat this process for the other pre-drilled holes.

Follow the same process to hang furring strips along the walls according to your markings.

Hold a piece of drywall up to the wall and align it so each edge of the drywall sheet sits in the middle of the furring strips on either side. Attach the drywall to the furring strips with a nail gun and one-inch drywall nails. Repeat for all drywall sheets.

Tips & Warnings

  • The most difficult part of this job is the planning. You want to plan your furring strips so that each piece of drywall is nailed into the wood along both edges. Two sheets of drywall will meet in the center of a furring strip.

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