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Anatomy of Your Wall

So, you’ve purchased a beautiful piece of wall mounted furniture – what next?

First thing’s first – what type of wall do you have?  If you don’t know, well today you’re going to find out about the Anatomy of a Wall.

Generally speaking there are two types of walls that you will encounter in a home – Plasterboard, or as a lot of people refer to it by a brand name, “Gyprock”, and Brick or Masonry (the term masonry refers to bricks, blocks or stones that are bound together by mortar).

Plasterboard walls are supported behind by timber frames with vertical supports called “Studs” – some houses may have metal frames but they are rare.  These studs are generally spaced between 450mm and 600mm apart.  It is optimal to fix wall mounted furniture or other decorative items into timber studs if available.  If only one stud is available then it is common to use Plasterboard Anchors to increase support.  I should stress that these additional Plasterboard Anchors should not replace the use of timber studs but used in conjunction if 2 studs aren’t available to screw directly into.

Anatomy of a Wall

Brick and masonry walls can consist of brick, brick and cement render, concrete block, brick and plaster, just to name a few.  These walls can be more difficult to fix to depending on the age of the wall.  My walls at home are brick and plaster and they are over 100 years old.  When drilling into these walls they very often crumble.  We will cover drilling into brick/masonry walls in future posts.

Crumbling brick wall

So how do you tell what type of wall you have in your home?  Easy, really.  If you knock on your wall and you hear a hollow sound that seems to echo – you have a plasterboard wall.  If the wall sounds dull with not much sound and no reverberation – then it’s brick or masonry.  It’s important to know the basic construction of your home to ensure the correct fixing of products and general maintenance around the home.

Remember, the more you know about your home, the happier and safer you and your family will be.

In our next post we’ll talk about finding studs in your plasterboard wall.  In the meantime, don’t forget to SIGN UP for our NewslettersLIKE US on Facebook , FOLLOW US on Instagram or pop over to The Shop.


Rebecca 🙂




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