How to use screw hooks

Updated February 21, 2017

Screw hooks are exactly what they sound like: a screw with a hook on the opposite end. Screw hooks are available in a variety of sizes and styles. Decorative or utilitarian screw hooks are easy to find at hardware and home improvement stores. Screw hooks can be as small as teacup holders, or large enough for the garage storage of bicycles and tools or equipment. They can also be used for clotheslines and for supporting other wires or cables. Hooks can be mounted in the ceiling or wall depending on the application needs. Most screw hooks are designed to screw into wood, and often come with an approved rating for the pounds they can support. The larger the screw hook, the more weight it can accommodate.

Locate a secure backing to mount the screw hook. Wood is an excellent surface for mounting screw hooks. On drywall or plaster, locate a stud for heavy installations. Mark the position with a pencil.

For teacup hooks, push a tiny pilot hole into the backing using a small awl. For larger hooks, drill a pilot hole using a bit a size smaller than the screw hook.

If mounting the screw hook on drywall, masonry or plaster, drill a hole as marked and insert a plastic anchor sized to the screw hook. Tap the plastic anchor into the hole.

Twist the screw hook into the pilot hole, or into the plastic anchor. For larger hooks, use a pair of pliers. The screw hook should fit firmly against the wall or ceiling, with the open end of the hook facing up, or to the side required for the application.


Screw hooks are rated by approved weight load. It is safest to use hooks that over-accommodate the expected weight. For example, when hanging a bicycle that weighs about 15.9 Kilogram, use two screw hooks rated for 22.7 Kilogram each.

Things You'll Need

  • Screw hooks
  • Pencil
  • Awl
  • Drill
  • Pliers
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