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Screw hooks are practical for fastening objects indoors or outdoors. Unlike shelves, screw hooks save space and are therefore an indispensable item in the home. You usually need a drill to mount the screw hooks, but attaching them is quick and easy. Screw hooks can withstand a weight of up to 150 kilograms.

With our big screw hook test 2021 we want to help you find the best screw hook for you. We have compared eyebolts, straight screw hooks, curved screw hooks and strong ceiling hooks with each other and listed the respective advantages and disadvantages. This should make your purchase decision easier.




Summary

  • The screw hook is a practical and inexpensive tool in the household for fixing pictures, mirrors or furniture. You can buy screw hooks individually or in sets.
  • Screw hooks help you to create order. They can be mounted by hand or with a hook screwdriver without much effort.
  • There are many different types and sizes of screw hooks. Depending on the weight of the object you want to fasten, you should choose the right screw hook for you.

The Best Screw Hook: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying screw hooks

What are screw hooks?

Screw hooks are the small version of a shelf. They are suitable for work around the house, in construction or for handicrafts. Screw hooks may be small, but they are very sturdy and resilient.

Screw hooks are used to hang objects on them. Depending on the type, different screw hooks are suitable for different jobs.

Screw hooks are suitable for wardrobes to hang clothes on or to hang curtains. You can also use screw hooks to hang pictures or photo frames on the wall without much effort.

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With screw hooks you can easily attach your favourite motifs to the wall. You need a drill and the appropriate screw hook.
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What do I need to consider when buying screw hooks?

It is important to get the right type of screw hook for your purposes. There are countless types of screw hooks and it is advantageous to find the right one for you.

The two most important aspects when buying screw hooks are the shape and size of the hooks.

Closed ring hooks are suitable for bathroom walls, whereas strong ceiling hooks for wood are used indoors and outdoors.

Straight screw hooks are suitable in the home for hanging pictures, cupboards and shelves. Curved screw hooks are suitable in the kitchen for hanging cooking utensils, but curved screw hooks are also used in the rest of the household.

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With the strong ceiling hooks, you can also hang plants and thus improve your atmosphere. Ceiling hooks can withstand weights of up to 150 kg.
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How much do screw hooks cost?

The individual screw hooks cost between 6 cents and 63 cents. Depending on the material, shape and size of the screw hooks, the cost varies. It should also be noted that screw hooks are mainly sold in sets of 5, 20 or 100. These sets can contain screws of the same or different sizes and shapes. In case you use screw hooks frequently and for a long period of time, the prices for screw hooks seem reasonable to us.

Screw hooks are the cheap version of shelves.

Eyebolts with a wooden thread start at a price of about 3.60 euros up to about 20 euros for 100 pieces. So a single screw hook costs about 4 cents to 20 cents. The price range can vary depending on the material and brand.

Straight screw hooks cost between 10 cents and 63 cents. Curved screw hooks cost between 5 cents and 23 cents. Here, too, it is important to note the quantity in which the screw hooks are sold.

The strong ceiling hooks cost between 6 and 21 euros individually and thus belong to the higher price range.

Type price per 1 piece price per 20 pieces
Eyebolts 4 - 20 cents 80 cents - 4 euros
Straight screw hooks 10 - 63 cents 2 - 12.60 euros
Curved screw hooks 5 - 23 cents 1 - 4.6 euros
Ceiling hooks 6 - 21 euros 120 - 420 euros

What types of screw hooks are there?

There are many different types of screw hooks. These include round, square, open and closed, also large and small screw hooks. In addition, screw hooks are available in different colours.

Depending on the type, screw hooks are suitable for decorative, household or construction work.

Below we list the most common types of screw hooks:

  • Eyebolts
  • Curved screw hooks
  • Chandelier hook
  • Clothesline hook
  • Ceiling hook
  • Safety swing hook
  • Screw hook straight
  • Cross slot hook
  • Pin hook
  • Screw hooks with slot
  • Curtain screw hooks

Decision: What kind of screw hooks are there and which is the right one for you?

If you want to get screw hooks, there are four alternatives to choose from:

  • Eyebolts
  • Straight screw hooks
  • Curved screw hooks
  • Ceiling hooks

There are advantages and disadvantages to using the different screw hooks. Depending on what you prefer and what you want to use the screw hooks for, a different type is suitable for you. In the following section, we would like to make the decision easier for you.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of eyebolts?

The big advantage of the eyebolt is that it can withstand high loads. In addition, the eyebolt can withstand moisture and humidity. Do-it-yourselfers, craftsmen and construction workers use eyebolts every day. So if you want to fix mirrors, clocks or pictures without much effort, an eyebolt could be just the thing for you.

Eyebolts have a closed eyelet so that your fastened objects cannot come loose and a tight fit is guaranteed.

Advantages
  • Suitable for use in the home and especially in the bathroom
  • High load capacity
  • Easy to install
Disadvantages
  • Doesn't look very nice
  • The right thread has to be found
  • Not suitable for all objects

What distinguishes straight screw hooks and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Straight screw hooks are used for all kinds of objects. They are used for fastening pictures and mirrors. Straight screw hooks are therefore suitable for smaller objects that are hung up in the household.

The straight screw hooks have a hook on which clothes, pictures or shelves can be hung.

Advantages
  • Ideal for fastening objects in the household
  • No pre-drilling necessary
  • Easy assembly
Disadvantages
  • Can leave holes in walls, wood, etc. May leave holes in walls, wood, etc.
  • Cannot withstand high loads
  • Not suitable for all objects

What are the characteristics of curved screw hooks and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Curved screw hooks are mainly mounted in walls or ceilings. They are suitable for fastening objects indoors as well as outdoors. If you like to keep things tidy, these screw hooks are perfect for you. Curved screw hooks are also suitable for clotheslines and swings.

The curved screw hooks are partially open and allow you to hang objects on them.

Advantages
  • Suitable outdoors and indoors
  • Hold a lot of weight
  • Replace shelves
Disadvantages
  • Visible
  • Disruptive if mounted carelessly
  • If used incorrectly, they rust

What are the characteristics of ceiling hooks and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Ceiling hooks are suitable for fixing lamps or flower pots. They are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. They can bear a lot of weight. If you need to mount swings, these screw hooks are best suited.

The ceiling hooks can also be strongly twisted to withstand more load.

Advantages
  • Suitable for mounting on ceilings
  • Holds a lot of weight
  • Easy to use
Disadvantages
  • Are expensive
  • Must be used correctly
  • Not suitable for all objects

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate screw hooks

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible screw hooks.

The criteria you can use to compare screw hooks with each other include:

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in each criterion.

Thread

The thread allows the screw hook to be screwed into materials such as wood, concrete or walls. There are different types of threads. The two most common thread types for screw hooks are as follows:

Type of thread Alternative designation Description
Metric thread Standard, ISO, regular, normal, pointed thread The outer edges converge in a wedge shape. The thread is self-locking so that it cannot loosen on its own. No additional securing is needed.
Wood thread Wood screw thread, coarse thread Wood threads run conically. The screw forms its own mating thread, i.e. it is self-tapping.

Size

Depending on the place of use, you need the right size of screw hook. Smaller screw hooks are suitable for pictures and larger screw hooks are good for lamps or mirrors.

The length of the thread should be taken into account to ensure a high load capacity.

In the following table we show you the possible lengths and diameters.

Screw hook Type Diameter Thread length
Ring hook 3 - 20 mm 10 - 50 mm
Straight screw hook 2.8 - 6 mm 20 - 100 mm
Curved screw hook 2.3 - 6 mm 20 - 100 mm
Ceiling hook 8.2 - 10 mm 100 - 140 mm

Material

The many different screw hooks are available in different materials. Below we show you the most popular materials for screw hooks:

  • Stainless steel
  • Copper
  • Galvanised screw hooks
  • Brass plated screw hooks
  • Screw hook plastic coated

In addition, screw hooks are available in various colours such as black, white, green, red, gold and silver. This allows you to work completely according to your taste.

Load capacity

The load capacity tells you how much weight the screw hook can bear. Depending on the type, the screw hook can withstand different amounts of weight. Smaller and thinner screw hooks can hold a few kilograms, whereas large and thick screw hooks can hold up to 100 kilograms.

Screw hook type load capacity
Eyebolt 5 - 100 kg
Straight screw hook 5 - 50 kg
Curved screw hook 4 - 40 kg
Ceiling hook 100 - 150 kg

Facts worth knowing about screw hooks

How do I attach screw hooks correctly?

There are different methods for attaching screw hooks correctly. Depending on what you want to fix and where, a different method is better suited. In the following, we will show you the correct method for mounting hooks in beams or ceilings:

  1. Selection: The first thing you need to do is choose the right screw hook. This depends on the weight of the object you want to hang.
  2. Marking: To make sure your item will hold well, you should divide the weight and mark the areas to be drilled.
  3. Drill: Once you have marked the spots, you can start drilling the holes. The hole should have a smaller diameter than the screw hook. The hole should also be deeper than the length of the screw hook.
  4. Mount: Once the holes are drilled, you can screw in the screw hooks clockwise. You can use pliers to help you.

What are the other different types of screw hooks?

In addition to the four types of screw hooks mentioned above, there are many other types of screw hooks. These different types are available with metric thread as well as with wooden thread.

In addition, the wire thickness can vary greatly.

There are coated screw hooks and screw hooks made of stainless steel or copper. In addition to the four types of screw hooks mentioned, there are at least six main types of screw hooks.

Can I attach screw hooks with a cordless screwdriver?

Yes, it is possible to screw screw hooks into the wall with a cordless screwdriver. After you have pre-drilled the hole, you can use the screwdriver and the appropriate attachment to screw the screw hook into the wall.

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You can also use a commercially available drill to mount screw hooks. To do this, you have to drill a hole that is smaller than the thickness of the screw hook.
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How strong are screw hooks?

The load capacity of screw hooks varies depending on their type and size. Small screw hooks can withstand a few kilograms, whereas large and thick screw hooks can withstand up to 150 kilograms.

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