Drywall sheets – also known as drywall panels – are common materials used for constructing interior walls and ceilings. Before making a buying decision, consider the size and thickness of drywall sheets, as well as some other factors.
Considerations for Drywall Sheets
• Size: Drywall that’s 4 feet wide, 8 feet long is the most common size you’ll find. 4x8 drywall is perfect for small- to medium-sized projects. These drywall sheets provide the best value and weigh a little over 50 pounds, making them easier to handle than larger drywall panels. 4x12 drywall is another option if you have tall or long walls. While 4x12 drywall sheets take a few people to set up, they create a smooth, unbroken surface from floor to ceiling when positioned vertically.
• Thickness: Drywall panels usually come in four different thicknesses: 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2” and 5/8”. 1/2” drywall sheets are the standard for residential interior walls. 3/8” is another popular thickness that’s mostly used for repair purposes. 1/4” isn’t a common thickness, but it can be used to install drywall over slightly curved surfaces or cover existing drywall. 5/8” is the "heaviest, most sound-resistant" and thickest option available. These drywall sheets are typically fire-resistant and used for ceilings and attached garage walls.
Tips for Drywall Sheets
Always choose thick sheets – 1/2" or 5/8” – if you’re installing drywall on your ceiling. Thinner drywall sheets such as 1/4” or 3/8” will sag in between rafters over time.
It’s important to know each side of the drywall sheet. The side that’s gray or ivory should face the room. The other side is usually a darker color and has visible seams along its edge.
Whether you’re interested in waterproof drywall for your remodeled bathroom or thick drywall for your garage, there are several drywall sheets available that can satisfy your needs. Check out our How to Install Drywall guide to learn how to use all the essential equipment needed including spiral saws, drywall screws and drywall joint compound.