How To Patch A Hole In Your Drywall

Accidents happen at home all the time and your walls usually take the brunt of those accidents. Holes in your walls can occur from a number of reasons, accidental or not. Whether from a door knob, nail holes from pictures you've hung, or from your furry puppy looking for something to chew. Holes in the wall happen in every home, you just need to know how to repair them. See below for tips on how to repair drywall holes.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Putty knife
  • Utility knife
  • Drywall putty
  • Sanding block
  • Paint
  • Drywall screen patch


  1. Clean up the hole to remove any excess drywall. You can do this by using your utility knife at an angle, this way the outside of the hole is bigger than the inside of the hole.
  2. Wipe away any dust or loose drywall with a clean cloth and then begin applying your drywall putty with the putty knife.
  3. Move your putty knife in smooth movements along the hole, wiping away excess around the hole as you move. The more excess putty you remove, the less sanding you'll need to do later.
  4. Allow the putty to dry (read the manufacturer directions), then use the sanding block to smooth the putty.
  5. Apply a second coat of putty in the same manner and repeat the sanding process a second time.
  6. Once you have the second coat sanded smooth, wipe the wall down to remove any sanding dust.
  7. You can now paint to blend the area with the rest of the wall. You may need two or three coats of paint to match with the rest of your wall.

For larger holes, it may require the use of the screen patch. Screen patches can be found at your local hardware store and come in a number of different sizes.

  1. To patch a larger hole with a screen patch, simply cut the patch so it's about an inch larger than the hole.
  2. Apply the drywall putty with the putty knife over the outer edges of the screen patch first, being careful not to wrinkle the patch.
  3. Allow the first coat to dry, then sand the area down. Apply a second or even third coat until you can no longer see the screen patch.
  4. Finally, paint over the area to blend it in with your wall.

Drywall holes happen for a number of reasons, but you can repair them yourself with just a handful of tools and a little bit of time. For more information, contact companies like Zip Drywall.