Top Features to Look for in a DIY Home Use Stud Finder


If you’re thinking about taking on some DIY projects around the house, liking hanging some floating bookshelves or even more complex tasks like opening up a wall, then you’re going to need a dependable stud finder that you can use without complication. Below are the top features you should look for in a home use stud finder to guarantee success on your next DIY project.

Easy to Use Design

Ease of use should always be a top priority for any tool you plan to use in and around the home, because it’s just going to make the entire experience less complicated. Remember, there’s no honor in using tools that are more complicated than you’re used to using.

Even seasoned professionals with decades of construction experience opt for tools that are easy to use, because it allows you to spend less time hassling on the tool and more time focusing on the important details of the job. In most cases, you’re going to find electronic stud finders are the easiest types to use, so sticking with them is generally a smart choice.

Comfortable Ergonomic Build

Ease of use doesn’t just begin and end with how the tool detects studs, as an ergonomic design is also essential to proper operation of the device. If the stud finder is difficult for you to hold because it’s too big for your hand, or is built in a boxy or clunky way, then you’re going to run into issues when you try to pass it over a wall. Always look for a model you will be able hold without issue to ensure that you always get the most accurate results.

Clear Visual Display


All electronic stud finders come with some form of visual display, so spend a good amount of time examining it so that you can understand how it conveys information to you. Basic electronic stud finders will only include small indicator lights that will turn on when you’re over a stud, so you don’t get much detail there.

As you move into more complex models, you’ll see LCD screens that show you a visual system that tells you how close you are to a stud. It’s common for these models to detect the edges of a stud, so you’ll need to make a few passes to find both edges. Other features on the display screen might include icons to indicate different modes, the type of object you’ve found in the wall or the scanning depth you’re currently using.

Proper Scanning Depth

Speaking of scanning depth, it’s important to note that most home projects won’t require any kind of extreme deep penetration scanners in order for you to locate the studs. However, if you know that you’re dealing with thicker walls, such as those with two layers of drywall instead of just one, or an older house that has a lot of construction quirks, then you may actually benefit from a stud finder with more powerful scanners.

A Note on Magnetic Stud Finders

Magnetic stud finders are a more simplistic variation of the tool that literally uses magnets to help you determine the location of a stud. While there’s nothing wrong with them, and they do offer some significant benefits over electronic models (LINK), they can be more difficult to use and lead to some false positives. That said, it’s ultimately up to you to decide which model is right for you.