How to drill into a wall

How to drill into a wall

Even if you’ve had your own household for a long time and are a bit of a cleaning maniac , you may not have had to drill any holes into your walls before. We’ve got a simple, easy to follow guide for straight hole drilling which will show you how to drill a hole in a wall.

A step-by-step guide for drilling a hole in the wall

Let’s get straight into it. There are only a few things you’ll need to drill a hole into a wall and then you’re good to go.

You’ll need:

  • Electric Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Stud detector
  • Safety goggles and mask
  • Screws and wall plugs
  • Ladder (optional)


  1. Measure out where you want to drill your hole using a pencil. Filling in holes in the wall isn’t too hard, but it is difficult to get the wall as smooth as it was before you drilled into it. Do your best to pinpoint exactly where you want to drill. Avoid drilling around electrical outlets. Use a stud detector if drilling into drywall.
  2. Choose the right drill bit. This is essential because concrete and wood drill bits act completely differently.
  3. So you don’t drill a hole that is too deep, use a bit of tape on your drill bit to mark how far you want to drill your hole.
  4. Put on your goggles and mask. Dust and other debris can come loose when drilling, and to protect yourself and work safely, it is a good idea to wear safety goggles and a mask.
  5. Get your drill and place it over the marked point. Squeeze the drill trigger and your drill will start rotating slowly. Speed up as much as you need to drill your hole.
  6. Stop drilling once you reach the marking on your drill bit.
  7. Slowly pull the drill bit out of the hole. Most modern drills have a setting that reverses the drilling direction which enables a smooth release.

That’s it! You’ve drilled a hole in the wall.


After this, you may have dust and debris on your clothes. Pop them into a wash so you don’t get the dust all over the house. We’ve got some great laundry tips for you too!

Watch out for…

One of the reasons that people are hesitant to drill a hole in the wall is because it is hard to know what is behind your wallpaper. This is a justified cause for concern, but we’ve got some tips for what to keep in mind.


The most important things to avoid are electrical cables and pipes. Using a stud finder can help you – it’ll also show you where metal and plastic is located in your wall. That way, you can avoid electrical cables and pipes when straight hole drilling. To be on the safe side, turn off water and gas in your apartment before drilling.


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