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Elfa Drywall & Plaster Anchors Pkg/5

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Designed specifically to work with our Elfa Easy Hang Top Tracks, our Drywall & Plaster Anchors allow you to install your shelving just like a professional.
Elfa Installation & Assembly Guide

  • #2 Phillps head
  • We recommend a 3/8" x 4-1/2" Drill Bit
  • For drywall, plaster and paneling from 3/8" to 1"



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Elfa Drywall & Plaster Anchors is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 41.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Success after second attempt I was installing Elfa hanging shelves on a plaster-on-brick wall (building completed ca. 1914) and encountered 2 significant challenges. First, the anchors just wouldn't fit into a 3/8" hole through the plaster & wooden lath. I tried rounding out the edges, but ultimately I just needed a larger drill bit to get the piece in, drilling all the way through the plaster & lath. Finally the hole was wide enough, but the anchors were still sticking out by about 1/2", which is too far for them to properly function. That was when I spotted the brick about 2" behind the wall surface. Because the screw that goes into the anchor is 2.5" long, I was forced to drill into the brick with a masonry bit. Finally I got the anchors in all the way and they all deployed properly and they feel very strong. Conclusion: good quality product, but the instructions were not adequate for my plaster-and-brick walls.
Date published: 2020-06-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Would rather have metal anchors. These were hard to install.
Date published: 2019-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best anchors I've ever used they mushroom behind the wall easily.
Date published: 2019-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't understand the negative reviews I really don't understand the negative reviews. My mother bought these along with a wall shelving system. Of course me being her handyman for anything she needs done around the house I was tasked with installing this. Yes the 3/8" hole is larger than other wall anchors, but this isn't your regular wall anchor. I practically had no issues installing these. They seem to be very strong, as they have to be and should be due to them "mushrooming" out as you tighten the machine screw. I was able to hit studs for every other hole, then use these on every other hole except for one. There was wiring there, and I used a large white threaded anchor there. These shelves aren't going anywhere. These are rated for 1/2" to 1" think walls. It would be nice if they made one for 1/2" thick wall only that was a little shorter, as I wouldn't have had an issue then with a shorter machine screw where the wiring was. These things are just very long when you insert them and the screw has to be very long to catch the tip. I would use again, I really don't understand the negative reviews as I installed about 9 of these and had zero issues with any going in the wall, or cracking, breaking. nothing. Next time I use them I'll make a video and put it up on youtube to show the ease of use I had with these.
Date published: 2019-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from many other uses i used the anchors to hang my moms new tv works better than the anchors provided by the bracket kit provided
Date published: 2018-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Worth the trip to Container Store and the price. These anchors are easy to install and they are not flimsy. Wonderful product and all the other pieces to the Elfa closet line. Second house I have ALL closets and pantry in Elfa
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Elfa Custom Closet I was able to use some pieces I had from a former installation and buy a few more to install a new master closet. The build quality is very good with Elfa, though you definitely pay for it. And the flexibility to change the design is pretty limitless; I actually changed the closet design once I got pieces home and was able to easily return the pieces I didn’t need. But my favorite part was Contianer Store’s excellent customer service. At least at my store (Northbrook, IL), the staff is also super knowledgeable, efficient, and professional.
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seems sturdy but takes a lot of turn to "set" The anchor is easy to use, and seems to be holding up the shelves well. Top track is on the wall, solid and sturdy. I used 3/8 bit as instructed. Some holes were tight, but with a bit of hammering, the anchor goes in nice and tight. At first, I stopped screwing it in when it didn't seem to catch. It just kept turning and turning. But after reading the reviews, I went back and continued to screw it in. Good lord it took really long, but it finally started to tighten. I stopped turning when the screwdriver started to lose grip. Overall great product but can be a pain if you are doing it by hand.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from elfa Products We used the elfa Drywall and Plaster Archors installing our own Platinum elfa closet shelving system. They were easy to use and worked great. The system has been up and in use for weeks and no problems. We liked the elfa system so much we are buying another one in a couple months for our next project.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best and easiest to use anchor... ... for someone that doesn’t do anchors! I’m so happy with this product. Will be the only anchor I use
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I work as a handyman contractor, and these anchors are in line with toggles, only behind snap toggles. The bad review must have marked the track wrong. Besides, the plastic end cap is not 100% necessary for strength, just aesthetics. Only problem with buying these, is the are made and sold out of Denmark. Going to talk to some American companies and share my experience. Excellen
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unreliable at best These Elfa drywall screws didn't work on 3 out of 4 of my Elfa closet systems. The last closet I've done - the hanging standard simply popped right off the wall. I did 3/8" holes per specs. I was able to use 3M drill-less heavy weight drywall screws instead, thank goodness those are simple to install!
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Shredded Simply awful. I bought them because they are marketed as drywall and plaster anchors. I have an older house with plaster walls in the garage. Using the smallest drill bit possible (without needing to hammer so hard you crush the anchor) resulted in holes that were too big. I hung an 80" elfa rack (which I love) and out of 10 holes, nine of these anchors spun. We tested our first item and the entire rack literally fell off the wall. Straight out of a Tim Allen Home Improvement episode. The bike rack did the exact same thing. The resulting 10 holes in my garage look like the remnants of a western movie shootout. Switched to something much less expensive from a big box hardware store and they worked! No spinning, strong hold. Will not use again.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My worst fears came true I purchased this product even after reading a few of the negative reviews about how fragile the plastic anchors are and how giant the holes have to be. Turns out, they were definitely right. 3/8 drill bit wasn't big enough, so we tried to round the holes out a little more. Worked for a couple holes, but the last hole ended up being too big and the screw spun freely. We destroyed several of the plastic achors by testing to see if the holes were finally big enough. Now I am afraid to try backing them all out to fix the final hole that needs to be redone. The worst part was how fragile the achors were. Even with soft drywall and gentle tapping, they would not go in without breaking and twisting too soon. Not a quality product. Now we have an unfinished project, lots of big holes in the wall, and we will need to look for a different set of plastic anchors from another company. If we ever needed to paint this room, we would probably have to redo the shelf completely because the achors won't withstand backing the screws out and screwing them back in again. Once this shelf is up, it better be up forever. Very disappointing.
Date published: 2016-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Order online and pickup Because I needed so many of this item I didn't want to make 2 trips during a move. Ordered and picked up 2 days later - Perfect!
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not easy to install Bought these to go with my Elfa office solution, which I love, but they were not easy to use - my wall is drywall to brick. Ended up going to the hardware store and getting a different anchor.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Invention! Holy cow! Where the heck have I been? Where the heck have these wall anchors been? This product made the job super simple! So, you drill the hole in the wall using the small drill bit. If it hit a stud, great, you are good. If it didn't, use these wall anchors, and feel just as secure and confidant about the job! Amazing! you WILL use these for other projects -whether Container Store related, or not! If I can do it - ANYONE can! Container Store is my new favorite place to shop!
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from pretty whimpy We have a 100 year old home with 100 year old plaster walls. The grittier, hairier interior texture of these walls simply tear up these anchors
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Work so far These were pretty easy to install once we got the hole size large enough. I'd never seen an anchor like this before--very unique design. So far, the shelf seems to be holding up well. Time will tell how well the anchors hold. One thing that was curious was that after tightening to a certain point, the screw just appeared to spin freely after that. The top track seemed like it was well secured, though. Maybe that's just the nature of the design.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good quality anchors Overall, these are worth the price just knowing that you have them when you go to do this project. Good quality.
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drywall screws These worked great because the installer used them with no problem. I recommend using Container store's installation service because they are experienced and have the right equipment to install the Elfa systems.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality and good engineering I have installed several brands of shelving/closet systems over the past several years. Elfa is by far the best, especially for a nice, finished look. The quality of the materials and excellent quality control make the installation smooth and straightforward. The Container Store staff is second to none! Their knowledge and expertise is demonstrated from the design to packaging the products after checkout. They are always so patient with us when entering and editing a design!
Date published: 2014-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Product I have used every kind of drywall anchor available and never found one so difficult to use/install. I tried several times to get this unit to "set" and eventually it broke and I reverted back to standard toggle bolt anchors.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from elfa drywall & plaster anchors I have used elfa drywall and plaster anchors before and find they are strong, reliable and easy to install. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a strong and secure way of hanging shelves. Enjoy!!!
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these anchors! The Elfa Drywall & Plaster Anchors are an exceptional product. They work wonderfully in an Elfa system, of course, but we have also used them for a variety of other projects -- such as hanging curtain rods. We keep several on hand and are always glad that we do.
Date published: 2014-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Anchors As an aspiring DIYer, I have found these drywall/plaster anchors to be extremely helpful and easy to use in my elfa installations and other non-elfa projects. The installation is straightforward enough and they seem to provide a great foothold in the wall.
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very difficult to install. 3/8 bit too small. Broke all five trying to hammer in despite trying to enlargen hole. 10mm is needed I guess. Very frustrating.
Date published: 2013-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seriously heavy duty drywall anchors I installed some fixed elfa standards for shelves with some of these anchors. I filled the shelves with heavy reference books and, they held up perfectly. The only problem I had with these anchors was when I tried removing them - some of them would absolutely not come out of my plaster walls.
Date published: 2013-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdiest anchors I have EVER used These things could probably hold a tank to the wall. They are VERY well designed and work perfectly!
Date published: 2013-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good hardware for the job Have installed 6 Elfa systems and count on the mounting hardware to be solid. These anchors really do the job. Highly recommend following the directions, having correct drill bit size and a good power drill/driver. I set the drill driver tension to "3" (low) on my Dewalt cordless driver to avoid over-tightening or stripping the anchor.
Date published: 2013-03-01
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Community Q&A

What are these made from?

Can you tell me what the material construction of these anchors is? Looks like plastic but just want to make sure rubber/latex free as I have a latex allergy. Thanks!
Asked by: Comfortablynumb
Plastic. Seemingly cheap plastic.
Answered by: Argyle10
Date published: 2017-08-29

Do these need to be screwed into studs?

I have plaster walls in a 14 story high rise building. There aren't any wood studs in the walls. Will the plaster be sufficient to hold things safely?
Asked by: CyclistinVA
I know I am 4 years late in answering this question but for those out there with the same question- if you are hanging anything on a wall you should always try to hit a stud(typically 12" on center-center of stud to center of stud- but can be 16" on center but will (almost) always be one or the other. Anchoring into a stud is always preferable since the stud is anchored to your house and unlikely to break, or snap or "let go". If you can only get 1 side in a stud(still preferable for added security ) you can use a wall anchor for the other side or it you can't find a stud you can just use anchors(when you hit a stud you should feel a "tightness" to the turn and may even hear a squeaking which is the threads of the screw biting and wrapping the wood around itself. When using anchors (and there are many different types) you drill a hole slightly smaller than the anchor size, place the anchor in the hole and lightly tap it into place, with a hammer or whatever you have available, until the opening is flush with the wall; you would then place the bracket or whatever it is you are hanging something off of and place the brackets screw hole opening over the anchor opening and start to drive your screw. As the screw goes deeper it spreads or mushrooms "wings" etc that creates a larger surface of support across the sheetrock wall etc. You can drive the screw with a small electric screw driver, a handheld screw driver or a drill. All methods will work from start to finish- the only thing to consider is the more powerful the driver used the slower you need to go. Also -your choice of anchor type and size will depend on the size/weight of the item you're hanging AS WELL AS the thickness of your wallboard/sheetrock. Hope this helps someone.
Answered by: DiyQueen
Date published: 2020-03-09

Can the screw be screwed in & out of anchor multiple times once anchor is set & tightened or is this like toggle bolt where u can only screw in once?

I am wondering about what would need to be done if I happened to strip one of the screws, for example the fourth of five screws I will be using, and needed to remove that anchor and install a new one. In that case I would need to remove the three previously installed screws to have access to the fourth screw that I messed up on.
Asked by: unfolded
With a spiral pattern like these have, once they twist and bite they will likely not have the same gripping power on the screw or the wall if you attempted to remove the anchor. Also they would be larger upon removal which would likely damage your wall and need a larger hole to be entered into which lessens the amount of sheetrock it can spread out against. Wouldn't recommend it personally.
Answered by: DiyQueen
Date published: 2019-06-03

How do you remove these from the wall?

I am moving and need to remove and patch. Wondering the easiest way to remove these?
Asked by: cbucks
I've moved 6 times in the past decade with elfa systems in every locale. Here's what has worked best for me: 1. With a pair of needle-nosed pliers, grab onto any part of the anchor's collar. You may need to work the end of the pliers against the wall to get a grip. 2. Pull and twist until that part of the collar snaps. 3. Repeat 2-3 more times along other parts of the collar. It'll look like a scraggly mess and the collar will be fragmented into 3-4 parts. 4. Push the collar fragments all together into the center and push them through the hole into the wall. 5. Patch and paint. Good luck!
Answered by: AustinElfaQueen
Date published: 2020-02-22

I need a different length screw. What are the specifications of the screw?

Asked by: knguyen
Hi, if you need a different length screw for your anchor you need a different length anchor. Good luck!
Answered by: DiyQueen
Date published: 2020-07-01

Colors to match Elfa standards

Do the heads of the screws come in white and platinum to match the colors of the Elfa standards?
Asked by: dmavin
No. They only come in a silver/metal cover. However, we do have covers for the hanging standards as well as our top tracks to hide the screw heads.
Answered by: chuckm
Date published: 2019-12-10

I have 2” thick solid plaster walls

I live in Fort Lauderdale is a 1968 building. The walls are solid 1.5” thick metal studs with plaster between the studs and then a skim coat. So if I drill a 2” deep hole it would be through to the next room. Which anchor should I use?
Asked by: Desperste
If the wall is indeed two inches thick and made of metal studs filled with plaster it’s not going to be structurally sound enough to install on. That being said if the wall was filled with poured concrete which I would think would be more common they could use concrete screws provided they could find them 1-1/2” long . Either way 2” thick wall does not seem like a wall I would feel comfortable putting a lot of weight on. We might suggest freestanding for this particular solution.
Answered by: mstover
Date published: 2020-05-20

How much weight is each screw and anchor rated for?

Asked by: supermanley
Weight capacity can be affected by many things like wall construction, the items stored, & the installation process itself. Therefore, we do not have a published weight capacity of any one elfa product. When installed properly and used with the elfa system of hardware, hang standards, brackets & shelves, it will support a considerable amount of evenly distributed weight such as an entire library of books, a complete entertainment system, a pantry full of food, or a playroom full of toys & games. For a more detailed answer to your question, please give us a call at 800-733-3532 so we can help you evaluate what your particular storage needs & location might necessitate.
Answered by: djjones
Date published: 2020-05-26
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