How to Patch a Hole in Drywall?

October 22, 2023 | Posted in brownbuilding

One of the most vital pieces of knowledge to understand as a homeowner or someone who is into “do-it-yourself” is that patching a hole in drywall is a fundamental skill. Drywall holes, whether they are small or large, can happen due to a number of accidents, like a doorknob dent, a small bump, or even patching a large hole during a remodeling project. By learning the fundamental skill of dry patching, you can save time and money by circumventing the repair man and doing it yourself. This guide will take you through the materials needed for patching drywall holes, the steps involved, and even a great company to go through if you struggle with this!

Materials Needed to Patch a Hole in Drywall

Quite a few materials are needed when attempting to fix holes in drywall. Each piece is vital, so make sure you get everything on this list before taking on the job!

  • Patch Material – you first need to understand what type of material you will use, which ultimately depends on the size of the hole.
  • Spackling Drywall Compound – this material is perfect for patching small holes, cracks, or even shallow dents.
  • Joint Drywall Compound – a joint compound works well for medium-sized holes and larger repairs. This is also known as a lightweight joint compound to fix medium holes. It does not have to be a special type of compound, use a regular joint compound will suffice.
  • Drywall Patch Kit – the kit is primarily used for large holes and will usually include a self-adhesive patch and joint compound.
  • Sandpaper is used at the end of the project to smooth the patched area. It is best to use fine-grit sandpaper, around 120 grit.
  • Utility Knife or Drywall Knife – the utility knife is essential in any remodeling job. The utility knife is useful when removing loose or damaged drywall on the outer edges.
  • Putty Knife – The putty knife is useful when applying and smoothing the patch material.
  • Mesh Patch Tape (drywall tape) is used to reinforce larger holes and prevent future cracks.
  • Drywall Screws – it may be necessary to secure any loose or damaged drywall around the hole by using drywall screws.
  • Primer – This is used to prepare the patched area for paint
  • Paint – The paint must match the color of the wall surrounding the patched area.
  • Paint Tray and Roller Cover – this section is optional, as it is only necessary if you are using a roller.
  • Drop Cloth – a drop cloth is perfect for protecting your floor from dust and paint.
  • Dust Mask and Safety Glasses – these two materials are vital to practicing safety tips during the remodeling.
  • Rags or Sanding Sponge – the rags and a sanding sponge is essential for cleaning and wiping down surfaces.

Once you have obtained all of the materials needed, you are able to begin the process of patching a hole in the drywall. Make sure you understand the size of the hole, as some of the materials differ based on the size.

Process to Patch a Hole in Drywall

The following are the essential steps when going through the drywall process.

Gauging the Size of the Hole

Before starting the process, it is important to gauge the size and extent of the damage. As previously stated, the size and extent will ultimately determine the materials you need to purchase.

Preparation for Patching

After the material is obtained, you will then begin preparing the area that needs to be patched. Begin by clearing the area around the hole of any loose or damaged drywall. You may use the utility knife to cut off the loose paper or edges. After clearing the area, make sure the entire patch is clean and free from debris.

Attach a Support

If your hole is larger than a few inches wide, it may be essential to attach a support behind the hole. This is an easy step, as you can simply screw a piece of scrap wood or metal patch in place. It is best to use drywall screws when attaching the piece of support. This support will provide a stable surface for the patch material to stick to.

Measure and Cut Patch

Ensure you measure the hole’s dimensions accurately. When using a patch kit or mesh tape, you will cut it to size, making sure it covers the hole with a small overlap. The smaller holes can simply use some spackling compound on a putty knife.

Place the Drywall Patch

After the drywall patch was measured, a thin layer of the compound was applied to the back of the patch or into the hole. After the drywall compound is applied, press the drywall patch into place and ensure it is flush with the wall surface. Once it is on the wall, smooth out any of the extra compound that is around the edges. Some patches come with a self adhesive mesh patch, the smaller holes this will work, but for a larger hole is will help to apply joint compound. If you are using a piece with adhesive backing, make sure to still use the next step.

Tape and Mud Repair

If you are repairing larger holes or seams, apply joint tape to reinforce the patch. Apply a layer of the joint compound over the tape, and make sure to go beyond the patch’s edges. Afterward, smooth the compound by using a putty knife or even a drywall trowel. After the compound is smooth with the surface, allow the area to dry completely, which could take a full night. Once the drywall surface is completely dry, lightly sand the area down until it is a smooth surface.

It may be important to repeat the mudding and sanding process more than once until the patched area is flush with the wall. Once the surface is smooth and even, you are then able to prime apply touch up paint to the area in a color that matches the surrounding paint.


Overall, understanding how to patch a hole in drywall is a vital skill for both homeowners and DIY enthusiasts. When using the correct materials, using the proper technique, and having some patience, you should have no problems restoring your walls. However, if your remodeling process goes further than repairing some walls, consider reaching out to Brown Building Contractors. Here at Brown Building Contractors, our team is able to provide you with helpful insights, tips, and guidance for your construction projects. Whether you are planning on a small renovation or a large project, we can help you turn your dreams into a reality! Contact us today to start your construction process.

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