How to Fix Drywall Holes

Have you ever opened a door with too much force, sending it smashing into the wall behind it? If so, you’ve likely left a doorknob-sized hole in the drywall, right? As tough as drywall is, it is susceptible to damage when force is applied. The good news is it’s easy to fix small holes in drywall if you have the right tools and a little know-how. Here’s how to fix holes in drywall.

Fixing Small Holes in Drywall

The easiest way to repair small holes in drywall is to purchase a drywall repair kit from any home improvement store. If you don’t have a kit, however, it is still possible to fix that hole. 

Step 1 – Purchase a Piece of Drywall

First thing’s first. Head to your local hardware store and buy a small sheet of drywall that’s the same thickness as the drywall you are repairing. 

Step 2 – Measure & Cut

Measure the hole and cut a patch from the drywall sheet you just bought. Give yourself a couple of inches all the way around. Don’t cut through the paper backing as this will be what holds your patch in place. 

Step 3 – Clean the Hole

Using a utility knife (or drywall saw if you have one) clean the inside of the hole to fit the patch you just cut. Make sure the hole’s edges are as smooth and square as possible so the patch fits perfectly.

Step 4 – Insert the Patch

Apply joint compound to the underside of the patch, paying special attention to the paper surrounding the patch itself. This will be what holds the patch in place. Insert the patch into the hole and press firmly on the paper surrounding the patch.

Step 5 – Prep the Area for Painting

With the patch in place, use a putty knife to spread joint compound on the patch and the wall surrounding the patch. Feather the compound outward, making sure the entire patch is covered and then some. When the compound dries, sand the area with a fine-grit sandpaper. It may take two or three layers of compound to make the patch blend completely with the wall. 

Repairing Large Holes in Drywall

Repairing larger holes in drywall is relatively easy, too. The instructions are basically the same, except you may need to use drywall screws to hold the patch in place against the studs in the wall. Also, because there are likely to be seams between the drywall sheets that need to be patched, you’ll need to purchase drywall mesh for that. When the patch is in place, you simply apply compound and sand the same as you would for a small hole and then paint. 

Many people are intimidated by repairing holes in drywall, but the process is actually quite simple if you follow the step-by-step instructions above.