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Drywall Essentials for Every Room

An Essential Building Material 

Drywall is essential in the formation of any room. Bedrooms, bathrooms and even the kitchen use drywall boards to create the walls of the room and the ceilings. Whether you're doing new drywall projects or need a drywall repair kit, here's some helpful information on drywall sizes and types.


Drywall Sizes

Drywall panels come in a variety of thicknesses and sizes. The most prevalent size for drywall panels is 4 feet wide by 8 feet long. The level of thickness may depend on the type of room and even certain building codes.

1/4-inch drywall is used for repairs and to support an existing wall. It's thin enough to curve and bend as needed. 

3/8-inch drywall used to be the common thickness used for interior walls but it doesn't offer the same strength as 1/2-inch panels do.  

1/2-inch drywall is versatile and commonly used for interior walls in many homes.

5/8-inch drywall is great for ceilings. It's also ideal for rooms needing soundproofing such as bedrooms and living areas.


Drywall Types

Standard drywall works well for most interior walls, but there are other types of drywall that are used in certain situations. Mold and moisture-resistant drywall feature a special coating that prevents the growth of mold and is ideal for humid environments like bathrooms, kitchens and laundry areas. Fire-resistant drywall contains glass fiber and other materials that help it endure flames longer than other types. It's often found in laundry rooms, stairwells and garages.


All drywall has some soundproofing. Soundproofing drywall has additional gypsum and wood fiber that enhance its soundproofing qualities. This type of drywall is typically used between living spaces and shared walls where additional soundproofing is required. 


Backer board, also known as cement board, is a thin layer of concrete with fiberglass mesh. It's moisture-resistant, so it works great in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry areas.


Drywall Tools

If you plan on hanging drywall yourself, there are a variety of tools you'll need before starting. These include knives, circle cutters and drywall tape reels. You will also need joint compound, a hawk to hold the compound, a mud pan and a trowel to spread the compound on the drywall. Joint compound comes in two forms: premixed and powdered.


We also have drywall framing and corner beads to properly hang your panels. You'll find metal corner beads and ones made from vinyl. Whatever size nails and screws you need to hang your drywall are also available in-store and online. 


Drywall Repair

If you're just looking to repair a crack or hole in your drywall, you might choose a drywall repair kit. These kits will have all you need such as patches, plaster and a putty knife. Drywall patches come in several different materials including aluminum, steel and plastic.


Whether your do-it-yourself project involves framing out a brand new room with drywall or just patching a few holes, you'll find all the drywall panels, tools and accessories you need at Lowe's.