How to Install Toggle Bolts

Lead Image
What You'll Need
Toggle bolts
Semi-transparent masking tape
Power drill
Brackets or hooks

Toggle bolts are particularly useful for hanging heavy objects on walls that do not have stud support. They consist of a threaded bolt and a pair of “wings,” which expand once the bolt is installed. Typically, a bracket or a hook, where the object is to be hung, runs through the bolt.

These bolts come in a variety of sizes, and they can be used for both horizontal and vertical installations. Moreover, they’re inexpensive and easy to install. Just follow the steps described in the guide below to begin.

Step 1 – Select the Right Toggle Bolts

When you are purchasing the toggle bolts, make sure that they will be strong enough to support the hanging furniture. Check the rating of the toggle bolts to see if they will suit your purposes. If the bolts in the local hardware store are not rated, ask the salesperson for advice.

Estimating the Correct Bolt Size

Usually, the larger the toggle bolt, the greater weight it will be able to carry, but you should check a bolt's weight limit to be sure. Also pay attention to the length of the bolt. You should buy bolts that are longer than the cumulative thickness of your wall, the toggle, and the bracket or hook you will be using.

Step 2 – Mark and Drill Toggle-Bolt Holes

With a pencil, mark the places on the wall where you are about to bore holes for the toggle bolts. Used a level for accuracy. To prevent the wall from chipping away while you are working, you may cover the markings with a semi-transparent masking tape.

Then, bore the holes with a power drill. Ensure the bit is rotating clockwise. Once you are done drilling, remove the masking tape.

Step 3 – Install the Toggle Bolts

Insert the bracket in the bolt and thread the toggle onto its end. Fold the toggle back, and insert it through the wall hole until you feel the wings have opened on the other side of the wall. Pull the bolt back until the wings catch the wall. They should not be twirling while you are fixing the bolt.

Screwing the Bolt in and Repeating

Then, screw the bolt in the wall with a screwdriver. Before steadying it completely, ensure the bracket is perpendicular to the floor. Repeat the procedure for the other toggle bolts.

If your were successful with your toggle-bolt installation, try installing one of these bolts in the ceiling to hang other objects.