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How to put a cup hook into the wall

Updated February 21, 2017

Cup hooks are useful and attractive hardware accessories. Used to hold everything from dishtowels, curtain tiebacks and bed curtains, to more complicated window treatments, cups, and coffee mugs. Indeed there are a multitude of craft and household projects that use the handy cup hook. Luckily, screwing a cup hook into the wall is a simple process, but be sure to select the method best for what you desire to hang. If in doubt, screw the cup hook into the wall stud.

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  1. Use a push pin to make a small hole by pushing the pin into the wall where you want the cup hook to be.

  2. Remove the push pin and set aside.

  3. Place the screw end of the cup hook into the small hole made by the push pin, and firmly press as you screw the hook into the hole tightly against the wall. Hang curtain tiebacks, dishtowels, and other lightweight items.

  4. Use a stud finder, according to the manufacturer's instructions, to locate a stud near the location you wish to hang your cup hook. If you're hanging something that will have some weight to it (3 to 5 pounds), you will have to screw the cup hook into a stud or it will simply rip out of the drywall.

  5. Use a small hammer to tap the push pin into the stud or use a drill to drill a very fine hole into the stud, through the drywall. Remove the push pin.

  6. Push the screw end of the cup hook into the hold made by the push pin or drill.

  7. Press firmly as you screw the cup hook into the hole and tightly against the wall.

  8. Warning

    Never hang a heavy object on a cup hook that hasn't been installed into the wall stud. The cup hook will eventually rip from the wall, leaving behind jagged drywall, paint blemishes, and whatever you had hanging may end up broken. Always be sure that installed cup hooks are high enough to be out of head/eye range of small children. Hooks could become eye hazards.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cup hook
  • Push Pin
  • Small hammer
  • Stud finder
  • Drill with very small bit

About the Author

Louise Harding holds a B.A. in English language arts and is a licensed teacher. Harding is a professional fiction writer. She is mother to four children, two adopted internationally, and has had small businesses involving sewing and crafting for children and the home. Harding's frugal domestic skills help readers save money around the home.

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