Learning how to fill holes in walls will restore the wall back to its best. Here we tell what filler to use and how to apply to small and large holes.



Once you know how to fill holes in walls you can eliminate those nasty dents, cracks and hollows that have been spoiling the smooth finish of your wall.

Some holes such as nail or screw holes are much easier to deal with than small and large holes. These can be fixed in seconds, but bigger holes need a little more attention and take a little more time.

But, whatever the size of the hole it needs to be filled properly so that all your hard prep work doesn’t fail you when painting a wall later. So follow our guide for dealing with small holes, hairline cracks and larger holes to make sure you get a neat smooth finish that no-one will even notice.


How To Fill Holes In Walls: The Tools You’ll Need

You may need the following tools to fill holes in walls:


  • A putty knife
  • All purpose filler
  • Patching plaster
  • Bowl for mixing


How To Fill Small Holes In Walls

If you are dealing with very small holes such as screw or nail holes these are quick and easy to fix. Get yourself a putty knife and gently rub the edge across the hole to remove any loose debris or flaking paint.

Add a small dollop of an all purpose wall filler such as Everbuild All Purpose Ready Mixed Filler(opens in new tab) and spread as smoothly as possible. Leave to dry and use a 180-220 grit sandpaper to rub down and blend with the wall.

For larger small holes – around two or three inches – brush around the edges with a stiff brush to remove any loose debris. Now fill the hole the all purpose filler making sure to get as smooth as possible.