A large number of homeowners choose to use residential drywalls as a platform for hanging various decorative items. Plasterboard anchorage devices are used to secure such decorative items on a drywall.

Homeowners are faced with a number of options when it comes to choosing plasterboard anchorage devices. Of the various options, toggle bolts and plastic anchors are among the most commonly used. This article compares various features of the mentioned plasterboard anchorage devices with the modern-day homeowner in mind.


The initial cost of acquiring plasterboard anchorage devices often has a significant impact on the type of device that homeowners eventually settle for.

With this in mind, a large number of homeowners find themselves settling for plastic anchors because they're more affordable than their toggle bolt counterparts. The lower initial cost of plastic anchors stems from the fact that the cost of fabricating plastic is lower than that of fabricating steel, which is the raw material used to make toggle bolts. As such, homeowners who settle for plastic anchors are bound to spend less on the initial cost of acquisition for plasterboard anchorage devices.

Weight-Bearing Capacity

This is a measure of the maximum weight that a plasterboard anchorage device can support comfortably. In this case, toggle bolts beat their plastic counterparts hands down.

As earlier stated, toggle bolts are made of steel. The structural strength of this material is greater than that of plastic. As such, the use of toggle bolts allows a homeowner to have more (or heavier) decorative items hanging from a drywall.

It is important to point out that a "winged" plastic anchor has a greater weight-bearing capacity than its conventional-style counterpart. However, the increased weight-bearing capacity does not match up to that of a toggle bolt.

Ease Of Installation

A large number of homeowners consider the installation of plasterboard anchorage devices a DIY activity. Thus, ease of installation becomes a factor that can influence the homeowner's choice of plasterboard anchorage devices.

When the ease of installation for the two anchorage devices is compared, plastic anchors often carry the day. This is mainly because the installation of plastic anchors does not involve the pre-drilling of pilot holes into which the anchorage devices go. Drilling of pilot holes is done using various power tools whose operation might be a challenge to the average homeowner. Thus, a DIY-minded homeowner will have an easier time installing plastic anchorage devices on residential plasterboard.