How to Find Studs in Your Garage Walls – A Complete Guide

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Studs allow you to hang heavy objects such as TV, mirrors, picture, shelves, etc., on the wall. If you want to mount a pull-up bar on your garage wall, you can do that with a stud too.

Without the studs, your garage wall won’t be able to bear the weight, and your components will fall from the wall.

Can’t find studs in the garage wall? No worries. Here is how to find a stud in a garage. 

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Can’t Find Studs in Garage Wall –Guide on How to Find Studs  

Before jumping into the main topic, these are the things you’ll have to know.

Things to Know About Finding Wall Studs

  • Usually, studs hold the wood sheathing on the exterior walls and drywall on the interior walls. And because of this, you’ll find a stud on the corners, bottom or top of the walls.
  • As most electrical outlets and switches are connected to studs, you should find studs from the electrical board.
  • In modern houses, stud spacing is about 16-inches. However, if you have an old house, this spacing will maximum go to 24-inches.
  • You can find wall studs around the window of your house or garage.

How to Locate Studs in Garage Walls Without a Stud Finder

Locating studs in the garage wall differs from other walls in the house because the layers in each garage are different and generally go through several modifications.

Again, if you have insulated your garage walls or converted your garage, it’ll be a lot difficult to locate studs. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot find studs in your garage wall if you have modified your garage walls.

Follow these steps to locate studs in your garage walls:

Step 1: Locate Your Wall Socket

If you’re not able to find studs with a stud finder, you’ll have to locate studs manually. For this, at first, you’ll have to find your garage wall socket. Because as I mentioned earlier, wall sockets are usually attached to a stud.

Step 2: Disconnect the Wall Socket

After finding the wall socket, you’ll have to turn off the power if you want to remove the socket cover.

Step 3: Locate the Stud

After finding the wall socket, go either left or right to the wall socket, and you’ll be able to locate the stud.

Step 4: Mark the Stud

When you have found the first stud on your garage wall, mark it with a pencil. As in modern houses, studs are installed around 16-inches apart; you can find other studs in the garage wall 16-inches away from the first stud.

How to Find Studs with Stud Finder

A stud finder can measure the thickness of the wall and thus, find the studs.

Step 1: Determine the Height

At first, you’ll have to decide how high you want to mount your components. When you’re done deciding the height, you’ll have to look for studs in that height.

Step 2: Calibrate the Electric Stud Finder

Now, if required, you’ll have to calibrate the electric stud finder. Usually, you’ll have to calibrate the electric stud finder where there is no stud in the wall.

If the electric stud finder isn’t calibrated, it’ll send you a signal, and you’ll have to move the finder elsewhere on the wall and try again.

Step 3: Mark the Stud

If you’re using an edge-finding stud finder, it detects the end of the stud and sends signals. As soon as you receive signals from the stud finder, mark the area on the painter’s tape. Then move the stud finder to the opposite direction of the mark and locate the other edge of the stud.

The distance between one edge of the stud to another will be around 1 to 1.5 inches. Now, locate the mid-point between the two edges. This mid-point will be the center of the wall stud.

However, if you’re using a center-sensing stud finder, you won’t have to follow all these steps. It’ll automatically detect the center of the stud, and you can mark the area on the garage wall.

This stud finder is effective for certain wall materials. Apart from the stud finder, you can use a magnet to find studs in your garage wall. It’ll attract the nails of the wood framing, and thus, you’ll be able to know the location of the studs.

FAQs about Finding Studs in Garage Wall

1.     Does my garage have studs?

Yes, every garage walls have studs. However, the number of studs in the garage ceiling is less than in the walls. Because the garage ceiling doesn’t have to support much compared to the garage walls, and that’s why, in the garage ceiling, studs are installed about 24-inches apart, whereas it’s 16-inches apart in the wall.

2.     What to do when the stud finder not working on the ceiling?

For this, you’ll have to recalibrate the electric stud finder by putting it against the garage ceiling. At the same time, hold the scan button to know if the calibration is done or not.

If you still cannot find studs on your garage ceiling, you can use a strong magnet to locate the studs. As ceiling fans are attached to the stud, you can start looking for studs in the ceiling fan area. And if you’re still struggling, you’ll have to dig a hole in your garage ceiling and look for studs. However, some of your garage insulation will be taken out in this process.

3.     What components can I mount on a stud?

You can mount heavy components such as u003cstrongu003eu003ca href=u0022 target=u0022_blanku0022 rel=u0022noopeneru0022u003etelevisionu003c/au003eu003c/strongu003e, pull-up bar, mirror, fans, etc.

4.     What is the distance between one stud to another?

Usually, in modern homes, the distance between one stud to another is 16-inches.


If you cannot find studs in your garage, you can ask for help from a handyman. A handyman will locate the stud for you, and if necessary, he will help you mount components on your garage wall.

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