How to Put Hooks on Your Ceiling

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Ceiling hooks are available in a wide choice of styles and weight-bearing capacities, and you can install them with little effort and a few simple tools. To support more than five pounds, ceiling hooks with screw threads are available for direct attachment into ceiling framing.

Ceiling hooks with hollow wall fasteners attached are available for light loads, and can be mounted anywhere.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ceiling hooks
  • Ladder
  • Stud finder
  • Drill and bits

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    Ceiling Hooks for Less than Five Pounds

  1. 1

    Choose a location on the ceiling where you would like to place the ceiling hook.

  2. 2

    Use a stud finder to locate the nearest ceiling framing. Ceiling joists are usually placed on 16- or 24-inch centres.

    Electronic stud finders are available at any home centre and, when passed over a wall, will beep when a stud or framing member is located.

    If your desired location is directly over a joist, either relocate it slightly or follow the instructions from the next section. A joist is the length of lumber behind the ceiling drywall.

  3. 3

    Procure a ceiling hook with an attached hollow wall fastener. A hollow wall fastener is designed to be inserted into a sheet of drywall, and then expand behind the drywall to anchor itself in place.

    Ceiling hooks are available at any home centre or hardware store.

  4. 4

    Drill a hole for the hollow wall fastener. Consult the manufacturer's instructions for the proper size.

  5. 5

    Place the hollow wall fastener in the hole.

  6. 6

    Screw the hook into the hollow wall fastener until tight.

    Ceiling Hooks for Five Pounds or More

  1. 1

    Locate a ceiling joist with the stud finder.

  2. 2

    Procure a ceiling hook with a wood screw fastener. Choose a ceiling fastener rated for the load you wish to support.

    Ceiling hooks are available at any home centre or hardware store.

  3. 3

    Drill a hole through the ceiling drywall and into the joist. This hole should be slightly smaller than the screw threads on the hook.

  4. 4

    Screw the ceiling hook into the hole until tight. A screwdriver or wrench may provide mechanical advantage when tightening the hook.

    A small amount of liquid soap on the screw threads will make installation easier.

Tips and warnings

  • Never use hooks to support human weight unless they are specifically rated for human support.
  • Never use hollow wall fasteners on any load which will be moving. The fastener will work its way loose over time.
  • Use caution when working on a ladder.

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