When Hanging Drywall, How Do I Install the Panels?

Q: When hanging drywall, do the panels install lengthwise or across the studs?

 

A: On walls, installing the panels horizontally reduces the overall linear footage of the seams, which requires less finish work. Plus, the joint falls at waist level, so you don’t have to reach overhead with a putty knife as often. For ceilings, neither direction makes finishing the joints easier, but panels will sag less if installed across the joists rather than aligned lengthwise.

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