How to Hang Something on Brick ─ Tips and Steps (AVOID Doing This!)

Have you been puzzling over hanging new stuff on your brick wall? If yes, you’ve come to the proper place! If you’d wish to hang wooden shelves, or other decorations, we’re able to help!

When it comes to renovation, what you hang on brick, can make or break your wall. Not literally, though! Think about an empty brick wall. Now, picture the wall with a fine piece of art on it. See the difference?


In this article, we’ll show you how to hang something on brick walls to make them look more appealing. So, carry on reading! We offer options with or without drilling.

How to Hang Something on Brick Using Drilling

There are many types of brick anchors and screws. So, we’re going to focus on a couple of them.

Start by making sure that there are no electric cables or plumbing in the area that you want to drill. You can use a stud finder for this. Once you have done this, you can proceed.

1. Use Plastic Sleeve Anchors

You can use plastic sleeve anchors or nylon plugs to hold shelves, paintings, mirrors, curtain rods, and any decorations on brick or drywall.

Follow these steps to hold anything on your brick wall:

1. Drill a hole into the brick that’s slightly smaller than the anchor.

2. Tap the anchor into the brick with a hammer.

3. Finish installing your item by inserting the screw.

4. Use a screwdriver to tighten the screw into the anchor.

If you’re trying to mount something using sleeve anchors, you might find these tips helpful:

-You can learn about the opening size and also the load that anchors can support on the anchor’s package.

-Mark the opening by tapping a nail. This can also stop the drill from walking while drilling.

-Use the hammer setting on your drill for simple drilling.

2. Use Concrete Screws

There are different types of masonry or concrete screws: light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty. So, your choice of screws should be based on the weight of the hangings on your brick.

You can use the subsequent weights as a guide:

-Light-duty concrete screws hold up to 50 lbs.

-Medium-duty masonry screws hold up to 200 lbs.

-Heavy-duty masonry screws hold over 200 lbs.

To mount hangings on brick using concrete screws, follow these steps:

1. Drill a pilot hole in the brick.

2. Use a head to drive the screw into Bricks.

3. Use an impact screwdriver for more ease.

4. Tighten the screw, and it’ll cut its thread in the brick.

Keep in mind that the drilled hole should be a bit smaller than the diameter of the concrete screw.

If you choose to use concrete screws to mount things on bricks, you’ll get these advantages:

-You’ll be able to fix timber beams and windows, door frames, gates, or wooden shelves to brick.

-You won’t need plugs or anchors.

-You can use concrete or masonry screws on any brick type, such as solid and hollow bricks.

-You can unscrew and reuse the masonry screws.

How to Hang Something on Brick without Drilling

Would you rather hang your decorations without using a drill? Try out these two techniques.

3. Use Hanger Hooks

Using plastic hanger hooks, you can hang a variety of items, like bags, paintings, and mirrors. Even though they’re good for various surfaces, you need to use them on soft bricks where you can tap nails into.

You can choose the suitable size based on the weight of your item:

-The medium-sized hanger can support 20 lbs.

-The larger hanger can support 30 lbs.

This is how to mount hanger hooks on brick:

1. Use a hammer to tap the steel nails. Some of these hangers also use glue. You just clean the wall with a cloth and stick it against the wall.

2. Hang your painting or mirror. Make sure it’s holding up well.

4. Use Brick Mounting Tape

If you’d like to keep your brick intact while hanging your decorations, you may find the heavy-duty mounting tape useful. It withstands extreme weather conditions, like heat, rain, and snow. So, you can use it indoors as well as outdoors. It can hold up to 15 lbs of weight.

For best results, use this mounting tape on smooth brick to hang light objects:

1. Just peel one side of the double tape. Clean the wall with a cloth to remove all the dust.

2. Stick it onto the smooth brick.

3. Peel the other side.

4. Stick your object on it.

However, this tape may not hold for long on rough brick.

5. Use Brick Clips

Using brick clips or hangers allows you to hang decorations on brick without drilling holes. Brick clips make a good choice if you want to hang holiday lights, garlands, mirrors, paintings, or chimneys on your brick wall. You can use brick clips both indoors and outdoors on exposed brick.

One advantage of these clips is that you don’t have to damage the brick wall or mortar ─ a mixture of cement or gypsum with sand and water ─ to hang your decorations.

Follow the steps below to fasten the brick clips:

1. You can remove a little bit of mortar at the top and bottom of a brick (optional step)

2. Simply place the saw-toothed edge at the top of the brick.

3. Make sure it’s fastened.

4. Hang your item.

For a better experience using brick clips, take a look at these tips:

You may use brick clips on bricks that are 2-¼ inch to 2-⅜ inch high, which is the standard size in the U.S.

However, you should measure your bricks to make sure those brick clips match their size. If the hangers are smaller than brick, they may budge.

You need at least ⅛ inch of exposed brick to fasten the clips easily. So, the mortar should be far enough from the brick face.

Besides, you need to know that each brick clip can support up to 25 lbs. So, you may use multiple clips for heavier objects.

Wrap Up

If you’re planning to hang heavy objects or decorations, this is how to hang something on brick using the hammer setting on your drill. This enables you to insert these sleeves or screws into brick: plastic sleeve anchors and masonry or concrete screws.

On the other hand, if you’d prefer to avoid drilling holes into brick, that’s how to hang something on brick without using a drill. These methods are especially useful if the hangings are around 60 lbs or less: hanger hooks, brick mounting tape, and brick clips or hangers.

Finally, your choice of method depends on your purpose, the type of brick, and the weight of your hanging objects.