Plasterboard Fixings & Drywall Screws (94 Products)

Drywall screws are the go-to fastener for attaching drywall sheets to wall studs and ceiling joists. We offer both coarse and fine thread types as well as collated plasterboard screws to fulfil the plasterboard fixing needs of professional tradespeople and DIY enthusiasts alike. No matter the size or scope of your project, we have the perfect plasterboard screws and drywall fixings to help you get the job done. Click product drop-downs for more length options.

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Plasterboard Fixings & Drywall Screws

Types of Plasterboard Fixings

When discussing plasterboard fixings, it's important to differentiate between the fixings used to install plasterboard to the wall/ceiling – drywall screws, and those used to fix other items to the plasterboard – i.e. Spring Toggles. 

Due to their brittle nature, cavity plasterboard walls require special fixings as opposed to regular screws if you want to put up cabinets, shelves and radiators, or hang mirrors and picture frames. 

Before you delve in and buy drywall screws or fixings, be sure to know which head type and fixing your project requires. 

Let's outline a few fixings below: 

Spring Toggles

Spring toggle fixings, also called butterfly anchors or hollow wall anchors, are heavy-duty plasterboard fixings used to hang heavy items onto plasterboard walls and hardboard.

This fixing is designed so that one end of the bolt collapses; during installation, it's flat. When installed, the end pops back out to hold the fixing and ensure a secure fitting.

Collated Drywall Screws (Self-Drilling)

Ideal for metal stud work, self-drilling fine thread drywall screws are perfect for fixing plasterboard to wall or ceiling track systems with a maximum thickness of 2mm.

These bugle head countersunk screws are designed specifically for use with metal applications and will sit flush with the plasterboard's surface.

Our range of Collated Drywall Screws offers an easier and faster way to create a partition due to the fact that the screws are bound together with a plastic strip and are compatible with all leading brand auto-feed screw guns. 

This auto-feed function ensures you no longer have to struggle to keep screws on top of the Philips drive bit while balancing your arm over the drywall in an attempt to locate the drill and drive location. In essence, they make the installation process a whole lot easier. 

Wall Plugs

A wall plug often called an anchor or "Rawlplug" is a plastic insert that allows you to secure a screw into materials that are brittle and not capable of supporting weight by themselves. 

“Rawlplug” the manufacturer has fast become the “Hoover” of wall plug products. Although people commonly refer to wall plugs as "Rawlplugs", this is a brand name established after the founder: John Joseph Rawlings. 

No matter what you call them, they are an absolute necessity when hanging cabinets, mirrors, and shelves - or anything else you can think to fix to your plasterboard walls. 

Coarse Thread Drywall Screws

Coarse Thread Drywall Screws are designed to secure plasterboard to light steel or timber studding. 

Generally, coarse-threaded screws are used in softer materials such as wood (both soft and hard), plastic, or plasterboard due to the fact that their threads are able to grip onto the soft fibres of these materials, holding the screw securely in place.

Because there is more space between threads, coarse-threaded screws take less time to insert and remove than fine-threaded screws. The space between the threads allows the screws to embed further into the material in one single rotation. 

Fine Thread Drywall Screws

Fine-thread drywall screws are self-threading and specifically purposed to fix plasterboard sheets to metal studs.

Fine-thread drywall screws are ideal for attaching drywall to metal studs because their sharp points and self-threading capabilities make for a strong connection. Coarse threads, on the other hand, have a tendency to chew through the metal, never gaining the same traction as fine-thread screws. 

Self-Drilling Screws

Self-drilling screws banish the need for pilot holes and can also tap their own threads. Self-drilling screws are able not only to penetrate wood but also metal, such as softer steel- making them perfect for more demanding applications and industries. 

Frequently Asked Plasterboard Fixings Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Plasterboard Fixings & Screws

How To Differentiate Between Fine Threads & Coarse Threads?

The threading must be deep set and broad in order to be deemed 'Coarse'. Fine threaded fasteners, on the other hand, will have narrower, shallower ridges and a greater number of threads per axial distance. 

What Is The Difference Between Self-Tapping Screws and Self-Drilling Screws?

It's easy to mistake self-tapping screws for self-drilling screws because of their similarities, but they are two distinct types of screws. Their key difference is in function, so you should be aware of the best uses for each one to avoid a weaker joint.

For the majority of applications metal or timber studs, self-tappers are used. Thicker gauge metal however requires a self-drilling screw. Self-drilling screws include a pointed drill bit on the screw, allowing the screw to cut its own thread into the material. If you use a self-driller in light gauge metal it will not fix correctly.

What Is A Bugle Head? 

Screws with conical heads are known as bugle screws. Their countersunk head assists the screw in securing itself without tearing through the outer paper layer.

What Is The Black Coating Often Seen on Drywall Screws?

The black coating on screws is not just a cosmetic characteristic, it actually serves a purpose. Drywall screws owe their black colour to their phosphate coating which protects the metal from rusting. 

This is most common in coarse threads as they're typically used to apply plasterboard to timber, an application which presents a higher risk of damp and rust.

How Do You Refer To The Ridges On A Screw? 

The standard industry term for these ridges is threads. 

What Is The Difference Between A Fastener & A Fixing?

A fastener joins two formerly separate components together while fixing is more a method of securing an object in place. It refers to the process as opposed to the actual component.