The 6 best plasterboard fixings to secure shelves, radiators and large screen TVs

Two wooden shelves on plasterboard wall
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If you’ve got plasterboard walls then you’ll need the best plasterboard fixings to hang or secure your wall or ceiling fittings in place. Plasterboard by the very nature of its construction isn’t as strong or secure as fixing into masonry. Plasterboard doesn’t boast the depth of standard brick work, which means there is typically less to work with.

You can stick with standard wall plugs and drill into battens on a stud wall, but it's not always that simple. Your measurements might not match up so you need to call upon specialist plasterboard fixings. Load is the critical criteria, especially if you're dealing with heavy expensive objects like a large screen TV or a filled radiator. These can easily top 30-40 kg and no one wants to see them falling off the wall.

Here we look at the popular everyday options, heavy duty solutions and cost effective fixings to help you make the right choice when plasterboarding

The best plasterboard fixings for your everyday DIY projects 

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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.