Drywall anchors are essential tools when it comes to hanging heavy objects on your walls securely. However, there may come a time when you need to remove drywall anchors to either redecorate your space, replace them with new ones, or make repairs to your walls. At ABC Painting & Textures, we understand the importance of maintaining your walls in pristine condition, which is why we’re here to guide you through the process of safely and effectively removing drywall anchors.

In this comprehensive blog post, we will share our expertise on how to remove drywall anchors without causing any damage to your walls. Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a homeowner looking to spruce up your living space, our detailed step-by-step instructions, along with helpful tips and insights, will empower you to tackle this task with confidence.

We know that a well-maintained interior is not only visually appealing but also contributes to the overall comfort and functionality of your home. Therefore, mastering the art of removing a wall anchor is a valuable skill for any homeowner. Let’s delve into the nuances of this process to ensure your walls remain secure and pristine.

Tools and Materials You’ll Need

Before we dive into the steps for removing drywall anchors, it’s important to gather the necessary tools and materials. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • Utility Knife
  • Needle-Nose Pliers
  • Putty Knife
  • Medium Grit Sandpaper
  • Drill Bit (slightly larger than the anchor hole)
  • Drywall Compound or Joint Compound
  • Wall Paint (for touch-up, if necessary)

Now that you have your tools ready, let’s proceed to the step-by-step guide on how to remove drywall anchors.

Step 1: Expose the Drywall Anchor Head

Start by using a utility knife to carefully cut away any excess drywall compound or paint around the drywall anchor. This will expose the anchor head, making it easier to work with. Be cautious not to cut too deep into the drywall to avoid causing any damage.

Step 2: Loosen the Drywall Anchor

Using needle-nose pliers, grasp the anchor head firmly. Slowly and gently turn the anchor counterclockwise. Most drywall anchors have threads that allow them to be unscrewed from the wall. Continue turning until the anchor comes free from the wall. If the anchor mouth breaks off during this process, don’t worry; we’ll address that in a later step.

Step 3: Patch the Remaining Hole

Once you’ve successfully removed the drywall anchor, you’ll be left with a hole in the wall. To prepare the surface for patching, use a putty knife to scrape away any remaining drywall putty or debris around the hole. This will ensure a clean and smooth surface for the patch.

Step 4: Fill the Hole with Drywall Compound

Apply a small amount of drywall compound to the hole using a putty knife. Make sure to press the compound firmly into the hole and smooth it out evenly. Allow it to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Usually, it takes a few hours for the compound to completely dry.

Step 5: Sand the Patched Area

Once the drywall compound has dried, use medium grit sandpaper to sand the patched area until it is smooth and flush with the surrounding wall. Sanding helps create a seamless finish that will blend in with the rest of the wall.

Step 6: Repaint if Necessary

If the removal process or patching has affected the paint on your wall, you may need to touch up the area with matching wall paint. Use a small paintbrush to carefully apply paint to the patched area, feathering the edges to ensure a seamless blend with the rest of the wall.

Step 7: Removing Drywall Anchors with Broken Anchor Heads

In some cases, the anchor head may break off during removal, leaving the threaded plastic portion inside the wall. If this happens, follow these additional steps:

a. Make the Hole Bigger: Use a drill bit slightly larger than the remaining hole to carefully drill into the center of the broken anchor. Be gentle to avoid damaging the surrounding drywall.

b. Extract the Remnants: With the hole slightly enlarged, you should be able to use needle-nose pliers to grip the remaining portion of the anchor. Slowly and gently twist it counterclockwise to remove it from the wall.

c. Patch and Finish: Follow the same patching and finishing steps outlined in Steps 3 to 6 to complete the repair process.

When dealing with expanding anchors or wall anchors, it’s essential to exercise caution to prevent mishaps like when an anchor falls or generates drywall dust. These situations are particularly tricky when working with hollow wall structures. Properly sealing the resulting hole with joint compound becomes vital to maintain both aesthetics and structural integrity. Our guide covers these intricacies, ensuring that you navigate the world of drywall anchors with precision and expertise. Your walls will not only be secure but also free from unsightly blemishes and damage. Trust ABC Painting & Textures to provide the knowledge and support you need for flawless home maintenance.


Removing a wall anchor may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and our step-by-step guide, you can do it effectively and without causing any damage to your walls. Whether you’re preparing your walls for a fresh coat of paint or simply rearranging your decor, following these instructions will ensure that your wall remains secure and looks its best.

At ABC Painting & Textures, we take pride in helping homeowners maintain their living spaces. If you ever find yourself in need of professional painting and texturing services or have questions about drywall anchor removal, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to assist you in creating a beautiful and well-maintained home.