Cutting plasterboard: Pro tips for the perfect finish

Pair of hands cutting plasterboard with a knife
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Cutting plasterboard is all part and parcel of any DIY project that involves plasterboard. Whether you're building a stud wall or working on a new partition, at some point you will find that your boards simply won’t fit directly into the desired wall space and will need trimming. It could be plug sockets, light switches, doors, windows or uneven walls that you will have to navigate.

If you are doing a job such as plasterboarding a ceiling you will also need to be cutting around light pendants or cutting circular holes for downlights. So it is a skill, while not difficult to learn, you need to get right. Get it wrong and you could be splashing out on new sheets of plasterboard. No one wants the extra expense or inconvenience. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.