How to Hang Something Heavy When There is no Stud in The Wall

Hey there. Have you ever had to hang something heavy on the walls of your home, only to find that the perfect spot that you wanted to hang your new mirror, print or painting wasn't going to be able to be hung where you wanted it to?
There wasn't a stud in the wall…and no matter where you hammered your nail this kept happening:
Yes, this is where my Honey Bee tried to hang a beautiful antique mirror. There may have been a few curse word followed by, "forget it". Don't tell him that I told you this but…I'm the "handyman" of our house. I'm not insulting his manhood in any way - he just doesn't have the patience for these types of projects. I on the other hand love them. When I was a little girl, I was my dad's helper and I paid rapt attention.

So, today I'm going to share with you how to hang something heavy when there is no stud in the wall.

Remember how excited I was when I got Bessie?
She is crafted from heavy stone and weighs 7.5 pounds. I knew how important it would be to hang her properly on my new chalkboard wall. The wall I was placing her on wasn't very wide so I knew beforehand that there wouldn't be any stud support in the wall. No problem…here's what I did - I gathered some materials"

• Drill

• Drill Bit

• Philips head screw

• Anchor bolt

• Philips head drill bit

• Tape measure

• Chalk to mark the wall
I purchased this kit from a dollar store...
Using a tape measure, I found the center of the wall...
…and marked it with chalk.
I drilled a whole into the wall, then I drilled in the anchor bolt. I then drilled in the screw tightly into the bolt. Bessie is hung securely on the wall.
I have a universal drill so that I can interchange drill bits and screwdriver heads...
I hope this helps you and gives you confidence when you next hang something heavy on the wall. I hope you try my tried and true method!
2 Bees in a Pod - Vicki and Jennifer
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  • Pinkstilleto Pinkstilleto on Jul 14, 2016
    My plastic anchors never seem to hold. They come right out of the drywall. Maybe I need the kind that butterfly at the bottom.

    • Sue Hobbs Sue Hobbs on Aug 11, 2018

      Thats what was used, an anchor screw.. they make 'em in all sizes .. ..

  • Mimi Lafeurs Mimi Lafeurs on Nov 11, 2019

    Thanks! I have never had luck doing it this way. but I Installed a 2x4 between studs and used it to hang my heavy object, a tv