Plasterboard sizes: A pro guide on what to use and when

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Deciding on what plasterboard sizes you need for your next DIY project is key to getting the best finish. What you need will depend on the specific project you are working on; for instance, are you building a standard partition wall to divide a room,  installing a new ceiling or covering up brick and block work?

When plasterboarding a ceiling you are likely to need a different size plasterboard than if you're fitting a stud wall. Not every scenario is the same and while there are common choices, even then the decision is not always straightforward.

Here we take a look at the common options and how to choose the right plasterboard size for a project. 

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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.