Build Your Own Drywall Lifts

  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 75-150
What You'll Need
Measuring tape
2, 24s planks
Screw gun
2-inch screws
Drywall screws
Circular saw
Pencil and paper
Hammer drill
4 self-drilling screws
Work gloves

Drywall lifts is used to lift the drywall up to the ceiling. Before the invention of drywall lifts, it was very difficult to lift dry wall to the ceiling. You needed at least three people to help. If you learn how to build your own drywall lift, you can construct a ceiling in no time, alone. It is very easy to build your own drywall lifts and it will take only a few minutes to complete.

Step 1 – Measuring the Height of Ceiling

Hold one end of the measuring tape on the floor and the other end on the ceiling joists and measure the height of the ceiling. You will need another person to help you with this. Depending on where you are drywalling your ceiling, you can also measure from the floor to the center of the plasterboard. Write down all the measurements on a piece of paper.

Step 2 – Cutting the Boards

Using a pencil, mark the measurement you have taken on one of the 2 × 4s and cut it to size. You can use a circular saw to cut the board. Then, measure and mark 3 feet on the other 2 × 4 and cut it to size. When you finish the cutting, one of the 2 × 4s will be the height of the ceiling and the other one will be 3-feet long.

Step 3 – Connecting the boards

Place both the 2 × 4s in a ‘T’ shape. The shorter, 3 foot piece forming the horizontal part of the ‘T.’

Next, drill four holes on the shorter 2 × 4 and connect the two pieces together using the four self–drilling screws.

Now, place the drywall lift under the ceiling area, where you want to drywall. To do this, straighten up your drywall lift and place it in a ‘T’ position, vertically on the floor. Then, lean your drywall lift on to the wall. The free end of the longer 2 × 4 should be touching the floor.

Step 4 – Check the Stability

Make sure the screws are firmly attached to the drywall lifts and the two 2 × 4s are securely connected together. Your drywall lifts should be strong enough to carry a heavy drywall sheet.

The drywall lift you made is capable of carrying a 4 × 8 drywall sheet. You can hang the 4 foot side of the drywall sheet on to the shorter, horizontal span of ‘T.’

Step 5 – Position the Drywall Sheet

Now, hold the sheet with one hand and hold the vertical span of the ‘T’ with the other hand and pull it towards you. The drywall sheet will be jammed in between the ceiling and the lift and you can fix it into place using screws. Be sure to give your drywall a few test runs before you use it for your drywall project to be sure that it is safe.