How to hang something on brick

The oldest of historic brick homes have solid brick walls of two or more layers called wythes, with plaster covered interior walls. Owners who expose an interior brick wall as part of the restoration are then faced with the question of how to hang something on a brick wall.

Here’s what Bob Villa has to say:

“If you’ve never done it before, this may seem like a daunting proposition. Whereas drywall or plaster yield easily to a nail, bricks and mortar obviously require a different approach. And yes, the steps involved are different, as are the necessary tools and materials, but even a beginning do-it-yourselfer can hang pictures on a brick wall. Simply follow the instructions detailed below.”

MATERIALS AND TOOLS
Chalk; Spirit level (optional); Drill; Masonry bit; Wall anchors; Flush-mounting picture hooks or screws; Screwdriver

STEP 1
You may never before have considered picture hanging a messy project, but when you’re working with brick, there’s the risk of dispersing dust around the work area. So before you begin, it’s a good idea to cover fragile items nearby with either plastic sheeting or a drop cloth. Doing so will minimize the amount of time you’ll need to spend cleaning up once you’ve completed the job.

STEP 2
Use chalk to mark the location (on the mortar, not on the face of a brick) where you want to install the picture hook. Don’t worry—chalk can be rubbed away when you’re done.

STEP 3
Ask a friend to stand in the middle of the room while you hold the picture frame over the chalk mark you’ve made on the mortar. Taking into account the manner in which the frame is going to hang—from a wire or by means of a D-ring or sawtooth hanger— confirm that you’ve chalked the correct spot. If you are hanging multiple pictures, you may want to break out the spirit level so you can make sure everything aligns.

STEP 4
Attach a masonry bit to your drill/driver and proceed to drill a hole into the mortar where you marked it with chalk. Drill deep enough to accommodate a wall anchor, but not so deep that you might puncture any wires or pipes behind the brick.

STEP 5
Place a wall anchor into the hole you’ve drilled. Next, screw a picture hook into the embedded wall anchor. Finally, hang the picture frame over the hook you’ve secured into place. Now you’re done. Last but not least: Stand back to enjoy the view!

  • Choose a masonry bit that’s the correct size for the wall anchor you’re using.
  • Use two wall anchors to safely secure a heavy, glass-fronted picture frame.
  • When drilling, be careful to protect your eyes from the dust that may scatter.

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How to hang something on brick

All you need is 5 minutes, a drill, a hammer, those plastic anchor thingys and a common 1/2″ masonry bit!

TOOL LIST:

  • Electric Drill
  • A ½” masonry drill bit
  • Plastic anchor sleeves
  • Hammer

Important!

Once you figure out where you want to hang your picture, drill into the mortar, NOT the brick.
The brick may crack and leave you with a whole new set of problems, whereas if mortar gets a crack it tends to stay within the mortar, which makes it easier to fix.
Mortar is typically stronger than brick, but is easier to drill into.

Make sure you know what’s behind the brick

You don’t want to drill into the flue or chimney of a fireplace, for instance.

Drill a 1-inch deep hole into the mortar

If you’re no good at guessing how far an inch is, measure an inch on the bit and wrap some masking tape above that part and only drill in until you come up to the tape.

Blow the dust out of the hole

Then insert the plastic anchor sleeve.
Be careful not to bind it, but a few light taps of the hammer should do fine.
Put it all the way in until the edge is flush with the wall.

Get Screwing!

The anchors usually come with screws, but you may need to find one of your own.
Screw it into the anchor’s hole and leave the head of the screw sticking out ¼” or so.

Hang it up

Hang your art by its hanging wire on the protruding screw, step back, and collect your accolades!

Even though a brick wall is quite decorative by itself, perhaps it’s not enough and you’re unsatisfied with its blank appearance. Well, just a piece of advice, it is more difficult to hang things (art, shelves, lamps, etc.) on brick, but don’t be discouraged because it’s not impossible!

Exposed interior brick walls

Exposed brick invokes a certain sense of industrial-meets-cozy that can really transform a room. They are popular and chic because of their strength and longevity, both of which contribute to the effortlessly rugged vibe that exposed brick gives to a space. The looks are appealing because it enhances a wall without the need for decorative additions. It is simply the look of a natural state.

How to hang something on brick

How to hang on an exposed brick wall

The first major step is to consider the proper tools for hanging on a brick wall because a standard hammer and nails can cause the mortar to crumble as you try to force the nail in. In this case, masonry tools are perfect as they’re designed for such a purpose, like masonry drill bits which can easily penetrate the mortar.

Secondly, placement is everything. Considering the fact that you are planning to drill holes in a wall, it is recommended that you spend some time visualizing where you want your art or mirrors to hang because mistakes can be costly and unseemly, to be frank.

Get a friend to hold the piece in place so you can see it from various angles to make sure it’s perfectly placed. This way you will be satisfied immediately as it’s very difficult to change after the fact and you’ll have to cover the holes you’ve made in the mortar.

The first thing to remember is that any holes should go in the mortar between each brick and not the brick itself because the mortar is more easily penetrable and holes in bricks can affect their structural integrity and introduce all sorts of problems. Poor quality mortar tends to chip and flake off so it’s important to keep that in mind when starting to drill into the mortar. When using anchors and screws, it’s important to make sure that they are made specifically for brick walls.

If you wish to hang things that weigh less such as canvases or small mirrors, concrete sleeve anchors will do the trick. Otherwise heavier mounts like those for a TV require something like double expansion anchors which give significantly more support in the concrete for a heavier load.

Now that the anchors have been inserted into your drilled holes, you can install a masonry-specific screw and you can proceed to hang whatever you like.

How to hang something on brick

Brick clips for exposed brick walls

But if drilling holes isn’t your thing or you don’t want holes in your beautiful brick wall, a less intrusive option would be brick clips. This simple device can be affixed to the brick wall, against an individual brick and clamps between the mortar to allow you to easily hang something on the attached hook, no holes necessary! Available in different sizes, these brick clips are a great, inexpensive solution and can be found at most home improvement stores.

So, hanging things on an exposed brick wall requires a little more work than simple drywall but the effort is worth the reward. Exposed brick walls give a timeless look that adds charm while bringing a cozy aspect that never really goes out of style. This is important for decorating because a timeless space is an enduring one which will always get compliments from guests.

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How to hang something on brick

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You’ve received your beautiful custom framed piece of art back in the mail from Simply Framed. Now what? We’ve partnered up with Jay Sacher, illustrator of the must-have book, How To Hang A Picture and Other Essential Lessons for the Stylish Home, for a monthly how-to series on hanging your artwork. Penned by author Suzanne LaGasa, the book spills all the instructions, tips and tricks to make you a hanging pro (plus, you get to enjoy Jay’s incredible illustrations). Framing—and hanging—have never been easier!

We’ve already briefed you on the importance of the 57-inch rule, home hanging tips and how to build a gallery wall. But even if you’re armed with a solid plan for where you’ll hang your custom-framed art in your home—and our trademark Tool Kit—you might still encounter some unforeseen technical difficulties when it comes time to actually hammer that nail in.

Not all walls are created equal, and knowing whether you have drywall or antique lath-and-plaster in your home will alter your picture hanging approach. To determine which type of wall you are working with, feel it. Drywall is exceedingly smooth, while plaster has more texture. If you are still unsure, stick a thumbtack into the wall in an obscured location. Goes in easily? Drywall. Meets resistance? Plaster.

How to hang something on brick
It’s what’s inside that counts. The inner workings of drywall (left) and lath-and-plaster (right) construction.

Drywall
Drywall can vary in thickness and in strength. There is no set rule for how much weight it can bear. Not putting a giant hole in your drywall depends a lot on the type of hanger you use, from standard picture-frame hangers to threaded drywall anchors and toggles. A trip to the hardware store will help you determine the best option for the weight of your artwork.

Plaster
Anyone who’s ever hung art on a plaster wall has experienced worry that the wall could just crumble away at any moment. Think of 20 pounds as the maximum weight of artwork to hang on a plaster wall. Measure carefully before hanging so you do not have to insert multiple nails into the wall. And instead of one large hanger, use multiple hangers across the wall to evenly distribute the weight. Large bolts could potentially damage the lath, the foundation of wood that plaster is built on.

How to hang something on brickA large-scale piece of art may require multiple hangers to distribute the picture’s weight evenly across the wall. Art, photo and bar cart styling by @hapiart.

How to hang something on brick
This vintage nautical sign is hung across multiple studs for an even distribution of weight. Chelsea and Noah DeLorme, Freeport, ME.

Studs
Hanging something from a stud on either plaster or drywall will add a great deal more security. But unless you artwork is seriously hefty—or you’re hanging shelving or a media unit—hanging off of studs is probably unnecessary. Instead, use multiple fasteners hung across the width of a picture for even weight distribution. Or, try wall rails or french cleats, constructed pieces of wood affixed to the wall that help evenly balance a picture’s weight.

How to hang something on brickA wall rail is affixed to studs, so that the nails in the center of the wood holding the picture reap the benefits of extra support.

Brick or concrete walls
Once you make a hole in a brick or concrete wall, it will be there forever—so make sure to measure and check your art placement twice. Once again, successfully hanging on this surface is all about having the right tools. There are picture hanging clips specifically designed for brick walls. For concrete, you will need to use a hammer drill to make a pilot hole in the wall, and then hang your piece with either a hammer-in cement anchor or a concrete screw. All items can be easily procured at your local hardware store.

How to hang something on brickWhat’s better than a beautiful brick wall? Beautiful artwork on a brick wall. Sasha Ritter and Kristin Morrison, Brooklyn, NY.

How to hang something on brickA large-scale piece of art successfully hung on brick wall in Light Lab’s LA Studio. Art by Sarah Sherman Samuel, photo by @citysage.

How to hang something on brick
More white brick for the win: art from Luckey Remington, Kristin Texeira, and RF Alvarez, represented by Uprise Art.

Remember, if you do mess up (on drywall or plaster anyway) it’s likely nothing that a little bit of spackle can’t fix. And protecting yourself is more important than protecting the wall. Always wear safety goggles when drilling. If this all seems a bit daunting—never fear! We’ll discuss other options for hanging artwork that don’t require any handyperson skills whatsoever—stay tuned.

Still need something to hang on that drywall, plaster or concrete wall of yours? Head over to Simply Framed to get framing. And get your hands on the book How To Hang A Picture and Other Essential Lessons for the Stylish Home when you order our Gallery Wall Gift Set.

Exposed brick adds major appeal to most homes, a fact most interior designers agree on. "It's a little unexpected and it creates an organic texture that is just beautiful," Molly Machmer-Wessels, the co-founder of and designer at Woodland Design Company, says. Plus, "exposed brick makes it feel as if the walls have a story—as if there are multiple chapters in the home's history and layers to its personality," notes Maggie Griffin, the founder and lead designer at Maggie Griffin Design. To enhance this unique part of your space, our experts say to dress it up. To do so, however, you will need the right tools, as well as a design vision. Ahead, the best décor ideas and hanging accessories you need to ensure everything stays in place (and looks perfect).

Consider a brick hanger.

There are a few different methods to hanging décor on this wall type, including a brick hanger, brick clip, or wall anchor. "Brick hangers are fairly simple to get in place," Tiffanni Reidy, the owner of Reidy Creative, explains. "If you have a deep enough mortar line, you can use the kind that stretches within the mortar spacing, like the Hillman Brick Block Hanger ($4, acehardware.com)." Reidy notes that you should measure your mortar spacing before purchasing this tool, since it comes in different sizes. "To use them, your brick needs to stick out from the mortar creating a ledge; if the ledge isn't deep enough, they won't work well," she adds.

Try brick clips.

"Brick clips sit in the ledge and stretch over the brick to the mortar line below," Reidy shares. "These clips don't require your mortar lines to be as deep as the others." They also have a clasp on the bottom that will essentially grab the brick from underneath. In most cases, this option will have a spring so the piece can "hug" the wall in a secure fashion.

Install wall anchors.

For another option, Reidy recommends wall anchors, which are specialty screws that will require the use of a drill and masonry bit. "Using the masonry bit, you can pre-drill a hole into the brick (use a bit that's smaller than your wall anchor) and then screw the wall anchor in like any other screw," Reidy notes. A plus? She says this is the simplest and sturdiest of all the hanging methods on this list and can handle heavy-duty accessories, like ironwork art.

A: Devices called brick clips or brick hangers allow people to hang pictures, mirrors and other objects on walls without drilling into the brick. Two examples are Brick Clips by a company called Tuopu (10 for $14.99 on Amazon) and OOK Brick Hangers (two for $2.48 at Home Depot).

Can command strips be used on brick?

Command™ Outdoor Products can also be used on smooth, sealed and finished surfaces including vinyl siding and fences, doors, windows, decks, gutters and trim. The Outdoor Product line is not recommended for use on rough surfaces, such as cement board, brick or rough-sawn wood. Will Command™ Products stick to brick? No.

How do you hang things on a brick wall?

If you need to hang heavy objects or ensure the object is secure on the wall, use screw-in anchor hooks. All you have to do is pre-drill holes into the mortar or brick, then screw in the anchor hook. You can also use anchors that stick to or clamp to the wall, but these are best for light objects only.

Do Command hooks work on brick walls?

Do command hooks work on brick walls? Command stips only work on bricks if the brick is painted, and not too rough. Think more on the lines of painted concrete block, much smoother, rather than a rougher brick. The issue is the surface area the adhesive has to have enough flat smooth surface to grip onto.

Can you nail into brick?

The nail can be used to hang a picture or to secure decorations, such as Christmas lights. Using a hammer to pound the nail into the brick is not an option because the nail will chip the brick and will not hold. But a nail can be inserted into a brick wall if you use the proper procedure and tools.

What will stick to a brick wall?

If you don’t want to go to all that work and merely want to stick something to a brick or to a brick wall, you will need a strong adhesive. There are only a couple of glues that are rated strong enough to use with brick: Gorilla Glue and Rhino Glue.

What kind of tape will stick to brick?

Gorilla Tape is the stickiest tape to use on brick. Preperation is the key to any kind of tape sticking to a surface. You can’t expect tape to adhere to muddy bricks.

Is there a tape that sticks to brick?

Gorilla tape sticks to smooth, rough and uneven surfaces, including wood, stone, stucco, brick, metal and vinyl.

How do you hang pictures on brick?

How to Hang Frames on Brick With A Drill Prepare for Dust. Line Up Your Frames and Mark Your Spot (Or Use a Hanging Guide for a Gallery Wall) Drill Away. Use a Wall Anchor and Hook. Hang, Adjust and Admire.

How do you hang a picture on a brick wall?

How to hang a picture on a brick wall Step 1: Gather the tools for the job. Step 2: Pick your drilling spot and mark it. Step 3: Choose a proper masonry bit. Step 4: Drill the anchor hole. Step 5: Insert the wall anchors and tidy up. How to hang pictures on brick walls without drilling.

How can I hang something on a concrete wall without drilling?

Hardwall hangers are picture hooks intended specifically for difficult surfaces like concrete block and brick walls. The plastic hook attaches to the wall with small metal nails that pound into the wall surface with a hammer.

Do brick clips work?

Brick Clips that Grip Mortar The brick clips that hold into mortar can be used in different sizes of bricks. These clips work well and grip the mortar. The smaller bulk also adds to the advantage and works great for your outdoor plants!.

How do you stick Command hooks to Brick?

If you need to hang Command strips on brick for any reason, I’ve found that a dab of hot glue works wonders! ? And finally, if you have freshly painted walls, you should wait at least 7 days before hanging Command strips. (Even then, you may have trouble getting Command strips to stick to certain kinds of paint.)Jan 28, 2018.

What’s better than command strips?

8 Alternatives To Command Strips for Hanging Décor Adhesive Hooks. Adhesive hooks are great Command Strip alternatives because they are very affordable, easy to use, and leave no residue on your walls. Nails. Monkey Hooks. Hardwall Hangers. Corkboards. Hook and Loop Velcro Tape. Double-Sided Tape. Magnetic Dots.

How do you nail something to Brick?

How to Put a Nail Into a Brick Wall Mark the location for the nail with a pencil. Select a masonry drill bit slightly smaller than the diameter of the nail shaft. Place the masonry nail into the drilled hole. Pull down on the nail after installation to ensure that it’s in the masonry firmly and doesn’t wiggle.

Can you screw into brick?

It may take some effort and a few specialized tools, but you can put screws into bricks to hold practically any item you choose. Insert a 5/32-inch carbide drill bit into a power drill for 3/16-inch masonry screws. Use a 3/16-inch carbide drill bit for 1/4-inch masonry screws.

Does Gorilla Glue stick to brick?

Great for indoor or outdoor use and made to stick to rough, uneven, unforgiving surfaces like wood, stone, stucco, plaster, brick and more. Ideal for applications in the field including duck blinds, tree stands, tent repairs and more!.

Can you use double-sided tape on brick walls?

Double-sided tape works best on surfaces with a high surface energy, like glass, glazed tile, and bare metals. For flat and smooth surfaces like glass, aluminum, and PVC, you can use thinner tape. For rougher surfaces like wood, cement, brick, and stucco, thicker tapes work best.

Can Gorilla tape be removed?

Gorilla Tape can be removed, but with some difficulty and it may leave some residue. To remove any excess residue, we recommend using the tape itself as a blotter.

Think it's hard to hang pictures on an exposed brick wall? It's not if you follow this easy five-step guide.

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An exposed brick wall is attractive enough on its own, but you may still want to hang pictures and other wall art to get the aesthetic you want. Before you get started, hold off on that hammer and nails. Hanging pictures on a brick wall takes a different approach than drywall.

While hanging art on a brick wall will take a bit more work, it's not as difficult as you might think. According to BobVila.com, this is one DIY project that you can truly do yourself — though we do suggest having a helper for a second opinion to make sure you hang your art evenly. Check out this five-step process to see if you're up for the task.

How to hang pictures on brick walls

You don't need a full toolbox to hang pictures on brick walls. But you will require a few key items to make this DIY project happen. Here's what you'll need:

  • Chalk.
  • A power drill and masonry bit.
  • Wall anchors.
  • Flush-mount picture hooks or screws.
  • A screwdriver.
  • A level.
  • An assistant.

Step 1. Assemble your tools and prepare the area for work. This project could get a bit dusty, so move things away from the wall or at least cover them with a dropcloth. Get one for the floor, too — it will be easier to clean up any brick dust that falls.

Step 2. Mark the area on the wall (on the mortar, not the brick itself) with chalk where you want to hang the picture. You could use a pencil or marker, but chalk will wipe off more easily.

Step 3. Hold the picture frame over the spot you've marked. Be sure to hold it in the way it will eventually be hung. For example, is the hanger at the top of the frame, or is there a wire hanger in the middle? This is where an assistant will come in handy to help you decide how high or low to hang your wall art. If you're hanging multiple frames and want them to be even, you'll need to use the level to keep things looking tidy.

Step 4. Choose a masonry bit appropriate for the size of your wall anchor. (Wall anchors usually range in size according to weight, so be sure you also have the right anchor for the size of your wall art.) Drill a hole at the mark you made on the wall — again, drill into the mortar, not the brick itself. The hole should be able to hold the wall anchor securely but not be so deep as to damage any pipes or wiring in the wall. If the picture is heavy or has a glass plate in its frame, use two wall anchors for security; bring out the level again to make sure you drill the two holes evenly.

Step 5. Insert the wall anchor into your newly drilled hole. Then, take a picture hook and screw it into the anchor. Place the picture frame gently over the hook and adjust it until it's straight and hangs securely.

Repeat steps 2 through 5 for each frame you want to hang on the brick wall.

An easy way to hang multiple frames on brick

If you don't want to keep drilling holes into your brick wall to hang each picture, there is an easier way to hang multiple frames: a picture rail.

A picture rail is a type of molding made out of wood or metal about two inches thick that hangs horizontally on a wall. The picture rail provides an edge for you to attach a hooked clip to and then attach frames with wire hangers. You'll need to hang the picture rail securely by drilling holes using the five-step guide above. However, you can then simply add more clips or move them around as much as you need to until all of your artwork is in place.

Unlike when hanging a frame directly on the wall so the hardware is covered, you will likely see the rest of the picture rail, depending on the size of your art. However, if you opt for a metal rail instead of a wooden one, you might like how it looks against the brick.

How to hang things on brick without drilling holes

If you're clumsy with power tools or don't have a drill, all is not lost. Here are two ways to hang art on brick walls without drilling holes:

Option 1: Brick clips

Brick clips, sometimes called clamps, have an edge with little pointy teeth that cling to the top edge of bricks peeking out from the mortar. That's not a lot of surface area to work with, but these sharp edges can get a grip on the brick. The bottom of the clip holds on to the underside of the brick for stability. Once you've got it securely on the wall, you can hang a frame with a wire hanger.

These are ideal for hanging holiday lights on exposed brick, and they can hold up to 30 pounds per clip — be sure to check the packaging to see if they can accommodate your wall decor. Brick clips are a good option for lighter or inexpensive artwork, but don't use them for anything too heavy or valuable.

Option 2: Adhesive strips

Unless you're hanging something truly light like a poster, those adhesive strips won't really work on an uneven surface like brick. Painted brick, on the other hand, offers a bit of a smoother surface, so you could give it a try. Again, this is not an option for heavy or valuable art, but it might be fine for smaller, lighter pictures.

An exposed brick wall can be attractive on its own, but wall art can create an even more beautiful aesthetic for your home. Use these tips to hang your picture frames on brick walls securely, without damaging the wall or your decor.

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It’s not hard to hang picture frames on a brick wall. First, read through our simple instructions. Then grab your drill, some wall anchors, and a friend—and get to work!

By Bob Vila | Updated Nov 3, 2020 8:56 AM

How to hang something on brick

Although exposed brick offers a warm, appealing aesthetic redolent of history, many homeowners are puzzled by the question of how to hang pictures on a brick wall. If you’ve never done it before, this may seem like a daunting proposition. Whereas drywall or plaster easily yield to a nail, brick and mortar obviously require a different approach. Yes, the steps involved are different, as are the necessary tools and supplies. But make no mistake: Even a beginning do-it-yourselfer can hang pictures on a brick wall. Simply follow the instructions detailed below.

  • Chalk
  • Spirit level
  • Cordless drill
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Wall anchors
  • Flush-mounting picture hooks
  • See full list «
  • Screwdriver

Step 1

You’ve probably never thought of picture hanging as an especially messy project, but when you’re working with brick, there’s always the risk of dispersing dust around the work area. So before you begin, it’s a good idea to cover fragile items nearby with either plastic sheeting or a drop cloth. Doing so minimizes the amount of time you’ll need to spend cleaning up once you’ve finished the job.

How to hang something on brick

Step 2

Use chalk to mark the location (on the mortar, not on the face of a brick) where you want to install the picture hook. Don’t worry—chalk can be rubbed away when you’re done.

Step 3

Ask a friend to stand in the middle of the room while you hold the picture frame over the chalk mark you’ve made on the mortar. Taking into account the manner in which the frame is going to hang—from a wire or by means of a D-ring or sawtooth hanger—confirm that you’ve chalked the correct spot. If you are hanging multiple pictures, you may want to break out the level, so you can make sure everything aligns.

Step 4

Attach a masonry bit to your drill/driver and proceed to drill a hole into the mortar where you marked it with chalk. (Don’t have any masonry bits? You can easily order a set from Amazon or elsewhere.) Be sure to drill deep enough to accommodate a wall anchor, but not so deep that you might puncture any wires or pipes behind the brick.

Step 5

Place a wall anchor into the hole you’ve drilled. Next, screw a picture hook into the embedded wall anchor. Finally, hang the picture frame over the hook you’ve secured into place. Now you’re done. Last but not least: Stand back to enjoy the view!

Additional Tips for Hanging Picture Frames on a Brick Wall

How to hang something on brick

Decorating your home isn’t an easy job and following the latest minimalist trends can make it even trickier. Dressing up your bare brick walls without drilling or doing much damage can mess with your mind instead.

The best way to hang things on brick walls is either by using brick hooks or brick hangers. Both options are durable and easy to install. In many aspects, such as the ability to line them up or reuse them, they can even serve you better than other solutions.

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Use Brick Hooks/Clips

What’s wonderful about these brick hooks is that they won’t damage your brick walls in any way. All you need to do is place your hook over one brick, adjusting its edges.

You can even line up a couple of hooks and use them for hanging wreaths or Christmas lights.

What’s more, you can always reuse them whenever and wherever you like. You can find some additional tips on setting them up here.

Use Brick Hangers

In case you have nothing against using pins and leaving tiny marks on your wall, these brick hangers can be a great solution.

The pins are made of stainless steel, which makes the entire structure hold well. Therefore, you can use brick hangers to hang picture frames, planters, mirrors as well as other heavier items.

Do Command Strips Work on Brick?

Command strips are a simple and elegant solution when it comes to flat surfaces such as tiles, glass, metal, or even smooth wood. They are easy to attach and don’t leave a mess behind.

However, using them on brick can be tricky and you should avoid it.

The reason is that brick walls aren’t as smooth as normal walls. Also, you’ll need to take care of the gaps between the bricks.

How to hang something on brick

If you like to decorate your patio you may have wondered how to hang pictures on brick wall? Well there are a few ways, but I am sharing how I hang pictures on my brick! I have a crewelwork piece my mom made years and years ago that I love to hang on my patio. It was time to add it to our outdoor living space since I’m working on fixing up our backyard.

How to hang something on brick

For me, I’m not scared to add holes to the walls or drill into brick or sheetrock. It’s kind of like being a half glass full kind of person. You can either look at all the holes you may have to repair someday or look at the beauty you have in front of you. I choose glass half full, enjoy the pictures and ignore the holes! Holes are easily fixed, so don’t sweat the small stuff! (I do have a no drill suggest down below though ? )

How to hang something on brick

You will need a few special supplies and I will link them in a supply list below so you can get exactly what you need if you want, I hope that helps. I don’t change out hanging items on my patio brick often, so I try to make one hanging spot that will be easy to change out should I want to switch pictures, wreaths or wall art. I say that so you will consider what you hang and the height you hang it before you start drilling into your brick. Holes are ok, but minimizing them is too. ?

How to hang something on brick

Once you decide where you want to hang a pictures on your brick wall pre-drill a hole using a special concrete/masonry drill bit. If you don’t have the correct drill bit this job will be difficult to impossible. With the right one, it’s simple. Make sure that your drill bit and selected screws are the same size so the hole you drill will accept the screws. You want to drill straight into the brick and apply a little bit of pressure on your drill. Most of the time when using a drill you want to let the drill do the work, so don’t feel like you have to force it. You may want to back the drill bit out of the hole a few time to remove some of the masonry dust as you go. Make the hole deep enough to accept the concrete anchor you use or deep enough the concrete screw you use is in the wall far enough to support the weight of what you are hanging.

You will need a special masonry/concrete screw and most come with anchor sleeves. If using a plastic anchor gently insert it onto your drilled hole and lightly tap it with a hammer until flush with the brick wall. Next screw in the masonry screw and leave it sticking out enough to hang your picture on. That’s it, super simple with the right tools and hanging pictures on your brick really elevates a patio space to feel like a genuine room in your home! Here is a supply list to help you get ready to hang on brick like a pro!

Hang a Picture on Brick Supply List

If you are really against drilling into your brick you can try these brick hangers. I have used them successfully in the past, but it depends on the weight of what you are hanging and the way the brick on your wall is put together. You have to have enough of a lip between the brock and mortar for these brick hangers to work. They are worth trying though!

How to hang something on brick

You can see how I hung a quilt and other things on the patio of our old home here if you’d like another idea on how to easily hang things on brick. Save this post for later!

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If you’re not wanting to break out the power tools, or simply don’t want to drill holes into your new brick tile walls, brick clips may be the solution. These small and inexpensive attachments clip onto the top of the brick edge and give you hooks to then hang your framed goodies from

They are available in most DIY stores and are usually sold in packs of two or alternatively they can be purchased from Amazon

How to hang something on brick

OPTION 2: COMMAND PICTURE HANGING STRIPS

These adhesive strips offer a quick and easy solution for hanging pictures to walls with no hassle or mess. Simply stick them to the wall, stick the corresponding piece to your picture frame and press the two together.

We would only recommend the use of these on a smooth finish brick that has been cleaned from any dust.

They are available in varying sizes and have different weight limits, for move information check out Command’s website

OPTION 3: WALL PLUGS

If brick clips and command strips aren’t the answer, wall plugs are the most durable and permanent solution. It does involve drilling holes into your brick wall but it is the best option for hanging heavier pieces that need the extra strength.

MATERIALS NEEDED
  • chalk
  • drill
  • masonry bit
  • wall plugs
  • flush-mounting picture hooks or screws
  • screwdriver
STEP 1: CHECK FOR PLACEMENT

Spend some time deciding where you want your art to hang. Unlike regular plasterboard walls, wall plugs attached to brick walls are essentially permanent and much more difficult to move if a mistake is made. Use chalk to mark the selected spot on the wall (on the brick or mortar) to be sure of the placement before drilling.

STEP 2: DRILL TIME

Attach a masonry bit to your drill and make a hole deep enough to go through the 20mm brick tile and the wall surface behind. By doing this you are ensuring that the picture isn’t just hanging from the tile alone. We would recommend picking a drill spot that isn’t too close to the edge of the brick tile to reduce cracking.

STEP 3: SECURE YOUR HOOK

Place the wall anchor into the hole and screw in the picture hook. Leave just enough of the screw to hang your artwork securely.

A: Devices called brick clips or brick hangers allow people to hang pictures, mirrors and other objects on walls without drilling into the brick. The clips are rated to support different weights up to 30 pounds, but if you need to hang something heavier, you can use two or more hangers.

Can you hang heavy things on brick?

Attaching heavy objects to brick is more difficult than mounting on wood or drywall; you can’t just nail or glue something to bare brick. Specialized drill bits are required to bore through the brick, and concrete sleeve anchors are needed to expand inside the brick and act as sturdy, durable supports.

How do you hang something on brick without a drill?

The best way to attach wood to brick without drilling is to use a brick wall hook. These hooks are designed for brick walls, even slightly curved ones. They are removable, adhesive-free, and strong (holds up to 25 lbs). You can install them in seconds and most importantly: no holes to drill.

What sticks to brick for hanging?

If you don’t want to go to all that work and merely want to stick something to a brick or to a brick wall, you will need a strong adhesive. There are only a couple of glues that are rated strong enough to use with brick: Gorilla Glue and Rhino Glue.

Do brick clips really work?

The best for hanging items on a brick wall with no drilling and worked best for all growing season support are the brick clips. Both the style that holds the brick and the style that grips the open mortar space. Get whichever fits your bricks better.

How do you hang a mirror on a brick fireplace?

How to Hang a Heavy Mirror on a Brick Fireplace

  1. Weigh the mirror.
  2. Purchase anchors to hang the mirror on.
  3. Ask one or two people to hold the mirror in its final position.
  4. Approximate the slack that will be taken up in your hanging wire when the mirror is hanging from the wall.
  5. Drill the holes for your anchors.

Can you use Command hooks on brick fireplace?

Do command hooks work on brick walls? Command stips only work on bricks if the brick is painted, and not too rough. Think more on the lines of painted concrete block, much smoother, rather than a rougher brick. The issue is the surface area the adhesive has to have enough flat smooth surface to grip onto.

Can I screw directly into brick?

The traditional way of fixing to masonry is to use screws, but you cannot screw directly into a brick wall, a block wall, or stone, so you need to drill a hole, and then provide a material that can be screwed into, but will also hold the screw firmly in place.

How do you hang things on exposed brick?

If you need to hang heavy objects or ensure the object is secure on the wall, use screw-in anchor hooks. All you have to do is pre-drill holes into the mortar or brick, then screw in the anchor hook. You can also use anchors that stick to or clamp to the wall, but these are best for light objects only.

Do 3m hooks stick to brick?

Will Command™ Products stick to brick? No. Command™ Products are intended for mostly smooth surfaces such as those listed above. However, our products will stick to painted, smooth cinder block (the type found inside many school and office buildings).

Is it possible to hang something on a brick wall?

You might find it scary or even impossible to hang something on a brick wall, but it can be done. If you need to hang heavy objects or ensure the object is secure on the wall, use screw-in anchor hooks. All you have to do is pre-drill holes into the mortar or brick, then screw in the anchor hook.

Where can I find a brick hanger hook?

I found out about this little gizmo on Pinterest. It’s a brick hook and you can find it in the hardware section of just about any home improvement store. It fits right in between the bricks and lets you hang things without having to drill into the brick. Amazing!

How do you mount an object to brick?

Place the object to be mounted on a scale to determine its weight. Obtain the appropriate concrete sleeve anchors for that weight. Determine the diameter of the sleeve anchors, which should be on the box, and obtain an appropriately sized masonry drill bit and wrench.

Why is it difficult to decorate a brick fireplace?

My brick fireplace was looking very bare and pathetic after all the decorations from the holidays were taken down and put away. My mantle is difficult to decorate because the ledge is very narrow and slightly curved. I don’t want to drill into the brick so I’m limited to finding things that will fit on this narrow curved ledge.

How do you hang something on a brick wall?

The back of these anchors have clamps you can set on the top and bottom of a brick on the narrow space where it sticks out past the mortar. Squeeze the clamps, and the anchor will stay on the brick. Since these anchors aren’t fastened securely into the brick or mortar, however, they’re not meant to hold heavy items. Helpful?

I found out about this little gizmo on Pinterest. It’s a brick hook and you can find it in the hardware section of just about any home improvement store. It fits right in between the bricks and lets you hang things without having to drill into the brick. Amazing!

Place the object to be mounted on a scale to determine its weight. Obtain the appropriate concrete sleeve anchors for that weight. Determine the diameter of the sleeve anchors, which should be on the box, and obtain an appropriately sized masonry drill bit and wrench.

My brick fireplace was looking very bare and pathetic after all the decorations from the holidays were taken down and put away. My mantle is difficult to decorate because the ledge is very narrow and slightly curved. I don’t want to drill into the brick so I’m limited to finding things that will fit on this narrow curved ledge.

How to hang something on brick

We love the urban rusticity and touch of history brick provides. And we also love using brick as a bold backdrop for sophisticated art. If you thought you couldn’t hang pictures and décor on your brick wall, you’re in for a treat! Here’s how to mount all the photos, posters, and shelves your heart desires — with or without even drilling into those magnificent clay blocks.

Hanging on Brick Without A Drill

Want to learn how to hang something on brick without drilling? Whether you’re renting or you simply don’t love the idea of drilling into the brick to mount a hanger, it doesn’t mean you have to make holes in the masonry. You’ve got plenty of helpful options that are all super easy to install.

Brick Clamps

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When it comes to mounting hooks on brick, it almost doesn’t get easier than using clamps. This clip-shaped hardware is designed to grip an individual brick. Running along the top are pointed teeth that wedge into the top of the brick between the mortar, and the bottom prongs stabilize the hook against the bottom of the brick. On the front of each clamp is a hook for hanging your artwork.

These clips only hold a couple pounds, so save them for your lightest, airiest frames.

If brick clamps sound like a good solution, all you need to do is measure the height of the bricks where you want to hang your artwork. Then, head to the hardware store and choose clamps with matching heights. These clip onto the wall in just a few minutes.

Who doesn’t love that instant gratification?

How to hang something on brick

Adhesive Hooks

Want to rearrange your artwork often or take advantage of a damage-free hanging option? Do you also have painted brick? Decorative adhesive hooks mount in about two seconds flat, and you can reuse them as many times as you want if you purchase extra adhesive strips.

How to hang something on brick

Simply peel the protective sticker off the back and press your hook onto the wall. Hold it there for a few seconds, and voila! You’re free to hang lightweight frames. Keep in mind the adhesive only works on smoother painted brick.

Hanging on Brick With A Drill

Are you hanging something heavy, like a TV, curio cabinet, or large mirror? You’ll want some extra stability, and drilling directly into the brick can provide that. Drilling holes lets you mount wall anchors, which do a great job of keeping heavier hangings secure. This option does create holes in the bricks, so remember that as you’re looking for a spot to hang things.

How to hang something on brick

Follow these steps for using a drill to hang pictures on brick:

  • First, use the chalk to mark the spot on the wall where you plan to place the hanger.
  • Next, note the length of the wall anchor. Attach the masonry bit to your power drill, and drill over your chalk mark to a depth that matches the wall anchor’s length. This is your pilot hole.
  • Finally, insert the wall anchor into the pilot hole, and screw a flushmount picture hanger into the anchor. Don’t screw it all the way in; leave a little sticking out so you can hang the item on it.

How to hang something on brick

If you’re hanging something heavy, use two or three of your chosen hooks to distribute weight evenly across the frame’s wire and keep the item secure. With the right supplies and an hour or two of free time, you can create a beautiful new gallery wall — and boost your DIY installation skills in the process!

How to hang something on brick

If you’ve always wanted to decorate your brick wall but weren’t sure how, now’s the perfect time to explore your style. Create a custom gallery with cherished family photos in sleek black frames, or display your collection of unique mirrors atop your bricks’ rich architectural detailing. With your new installation know-how, it’ll be a breeze to hang and display all those beautiful pieces.

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to deck the walls! Sure, nothing can steal the spotlight from your Christmas tree, but a festive holiday wreath is just the thing your wall needs to start the season’s greetings. Get your home holiday ready in a flash without drilling any holes. It took less than 5 minutes to hang a wreath on brick without any tools or damage!

DécoBrick™ is designed for easy, no damage decorating

So what’s the big secret? DécoBrick™ is our patented removable and reusable brick hanger that can be used indoors and out. It won’t damage your wall in any way and can securely hold up to 15 lbs of weight, so you can hang a variety of items from wreaths, to signs, mailboxes, and more.

How to hang something on brick

Hanging hardware hack for a wreath

How to hang something on brick

Two hook shapes to hang any décor

DécoBrick comes in two different patented head designs: a button and hook. The button head is designed for sawtooth hangers and keyholes, often found on mailboxes, clocks and signs, while the hook is designed for wire or D-rings and works well for lights and wreaths. Although we recommend one type of head to fit different hardware, choose the one that works best for you depending on what you’re hanging. We used the hook head for hanging our wreath.

How to hang something on brick

How to install DécoBrick

DécoBrick is easy to install and remove with no tools required. Simply hook the bottom of the hanger underneath the bottom edge of the brick, and then using your thumb stretch and hook the top of the hanger to the top edge of the brick. It’s that simple and you are ready to hang your décor.

When it’s time for a change, the hangers are just as easy to remove and can be repositioned or used again for another project.

Easy to remove and reuse

The removal process is just as fast as the application. Removing the DécoBrick hanger is simply the reverse of installing it. Slightly stretch the hanger upwards using your fingers and unclip if from the brick.

How to hang something on brick

You can easily adjust the position of the hooks as needed, without worrying about any damage to your brick. This makes it a perfect solution for hanging seasonal décor.

Not all bricks are the same

​​DécoBrick hangers can be used on brick inside or outside your home. They are designed to work with standard North American bricks that are 2 1/4” but will stretch to accommodate slight variations in brick height from 2 ⅛” to 2 ⅝”.

In order to install properly and securely, the mortar needs to be recessed by a minimum of ¼”.

How to hang something on brick

Easy wreath styling ideas

This wreath is one of the most unique ones we’ve come across, so when we saw it at the store, we just had to get our hands on it. It’s made of white glitter berries and perfect for winter.

You can hang the wreath as is, but in the spirit of the upcoming holidays, we thought it’d be fun to add a touch of Christmas to it. While the white wreath by itself is stunning, we knew a certain flair would complement it well, so we tied a big red bow on the top and let the ribbons drape down effortlessly. Doesn’t this just scream Christmas? We love it!

How to hang something on brick

In another look, we added red berries to the wreath. We played around with the position and zhuzhed it up, so it looked like it was meant to be there in the first place. All’s fair in the decorating world, and there’s no harm in DIYing something to make it better! Don’t be afraid to experiment with styling until it looks good to you.

Wasn’t that easy? No more breaking out a sweat or breaking the bank to hang the wall décor you love. DécoBrick hangers can also be used both indoors and outdoors, so the decorating possibilities are endless. Just so you know, we also designed a no damage solution for vinyl, too. Check out DécoVinyl™ to learn more.

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Brick walls can bring a modern flair to any room and there is just something cool and industrial about them. However, when it comes to any sort of decoration or renovation, brick walls are a major pain to deal with, unlike changing a light fixture, which sounds hard but actually is easy-breezy. Which brings us to the following topic of how to hand pictures on brick walls. The task may sound simple, but believe us, it’s not just hammering a nail to a wall.

For your convenience, we’ve created this easy to follow guide with all the needed steps on how to hand a picture successfully on a brick wall.

How to hang a picture on a brick wall

Every self-respectable DIY-er knows that the key to a successful decoration project is preparation. With that being said, here is what you need to do:

Jump to your step!

Step 1: Gather the tools for the job

The main tool that is required in order to hand a picture to a brick wall is a drill. Still, there are a few other items you need to get before you begin your decoration project such as:

  • Masonry bit – you need this to drill in the holes.
  • Wall anchors – this is for hanging your chosen pictures.
  • Picture hooks or screws – you don’t have to buy these separately, because they are generally sold with the wall anchors.
  • Screwdriver – you can’t go without a good screwdriver. You’re going to use it to secure the wall anchor.
  • Protective eyewear – nobody likes dust in their eyes, so put on some glasses.
  • A vacuum cleaner – drilling means a lot of brick bits and dust. Prepare your hoover so you can immediately tidy up after you are done with the project.
  • A piece of chalk or a marker – it’s better to mark the area you’re going to drill beforehand. This way you won’t end up with a wall that resembles swiss cheese from all the wrong holes you’ve made.

Step 2: Pick your drilling spot and mark it

Ideally, your drilling spot should be in the mortar in between the bricks. Drilling directly into the brick can cause cracks that are hard and expensive to fix. On top of that, bricks are often hollow on the inside and they may not be able to provide proper support for your picture.

Create a mark with a piece of chalk on the area you want to hang your picture and then proceed with the drilling process.

Step 3: Choose a proper masonry bit

Make sure that your masonry bit is the adequate size for the width of the wall anchors. You can try using a drill bit that is ever so smaller than the actual diameter of the wall anchors. Remember the screwdriver we listed earlier? This is where you get to use it to place the anchors in the drilled hole.

Step 4: Drill the anchor hole

Once you’ve marked the spot for your picture, create a hole with the drill. Make sure to put on your protective eye gear first, so you don’t feel like you are in a sandstorm in the middle of the Sahara desert.

Step 5: Insert the wall anchors and tidy up

Screw in the anchors, adjust your picture on the wall and vacuum all of the dust from the ground. That’s it, you are done!

How to hang pictures on brick walls without drilling

If you don’t feel like drilling and cleaning dust, you can always use pinch hangers. However, this solution isn’t very sturdy and your lovely art piece can end up smashed on the ground.

The only secure way to hang a picture on a brick wall without drilling is to invest in some double-sided industrial tape.

Get a professional to do it for you!

As you can see for yourself, the job of hanging a picture isn’t actually that complicated, but it has its specifics. If you aren’t confident enough that you can do it yourself or just don’t want to risk your perfectly good brick wall getting cracked, why not hire a professional to complete the task for you?

Fantastic Services offers time-saving solutions from the smallest decoration jobs to the most complicated renovation projects. The trained experts we work with, carry all of the required tools to complete the task, so you don’t need to go buy an expensive drill, only to create a single hole. Hurry up and book our service today!

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Takeaways

  • Make sure to buy the right masonry bit for the wall anchors
  • Mark the surface with a marker or chalk before you create the hole
  • Aim for the mortar, otherwise, you’ll have a cracked brick wall
  • Use protective gear so you don’t get dust in your eyes

We hope you found our nifty guide on how to hang pictures on brick walls helpful, and like always, don’t forget to leave your thoughts and experience in the comment section below. Happy decorating!

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How to hang something on brick

If there’s anyone out there who doesn’t love the look of exposed brick, we have yet to meet them. Whether you’re settling into a space with four walls of them or have a single one breathing life into the look of your apartment, it seems that brick is a perennial charmer, and with good reason. Nothing lends a space quite as much character, or looks quite as homey, as brick walls. And in a city with an ever-growing roster of ultra-modern new developments, it’s a welcome visual change of pace.

Still, brick walls have their own particular set of requirements (and pose occasional challenges).We’ve consulted the experts on the most common questions that come up when dealing with brick, from the logistics of decorating to keeping out, shall we say, unwanted guests.

How do I hang a picture?

While a brick wall is a kind of decoration in its own right, no one would blame you for not wanting to leave it blank and untouched. Before you dive right in, though, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing things the right way.

Any holes should go into the mortar between the bricks rather than the brick itself, says Prime Renovations owner Jeff Streich. You’ll also need to expand your toolkit to include some brick-centric materials, since a regular hammer and nails can cause mortar to crumble. Rule of thumb: Look for products with “masonry” in the name, including masonry drill bits, which are specially designed to be strong enough to bore into this type of surface (as opposed to, say, regular drill bits you might use on wood or Sheetrock).

After that, Crown Design and Consulting president Michael Santora recommends using anchors and screws that, like the drill bits, are made specifically to work on brick walls. Sleeve anchors work to hang lighter material like small mirrors or canvas paintings, he says, and lag shields or double expansion anchors are good for more heavy-duty hanging, say for a wall-mounted TV. After drilling anchors into your holes, go ahead and install a Tapcon screw (also designed to work with masonry), and you’re all set to hang.

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Unfortunately, this advice really only applies to owners. Even careful hanging takes its toll on mortar, and Streich tells us, “I wouldn’t recommend it for renters, ever.” If you make a hole and then patch it up, you’ll have mortar that’s two different colors. “You can’t just repair it” and have the wall go back to the way it was, says Streich.

If you’re not eager to drill a hole, brick clips—which clamp onto the edges of the brick itself and come with a hook attached—are an option. But again, brick is sensitive, so if you’re in a rental, it’s probably wise to hold off.

In other words, you have a choice: your decorating scheme or your security deposit.

Can I paint it?

If you’d like your brick wall to be, um, a little less brick-colored, it’s definitely an option, but first, you’ll need to assess the condition of the wall. If it’s crumbling or deteriorating in any way, Santora says, you’ll have to repoint before you paint, an involved process of chiseling away damage and adding new mortar in between the bricks.

After making sure the wall is scrubbed clean and dry, Santora recommends priming with a brick-friendly masonry primer, which will help with water resistance. “Remember, brick often looks best painted in a slightly glossy finish, which highlights its detail better than a matte one and makes it easier to wipe clean. Use a 100 percent acrylic paint and roll or spray on one to two coats of your chosen color. Paint and primer is best applied with a sprayer.”

If you don’t have a sprayer on hand, he suggests using a paint roller with a long nap (this is the soft part of the roller that you actually use to apply the paint). “Press hard while applying,” Santora notes, and when you get to the edges of the wall, switch to a stiff brush for the rest of your painting.

What about when there’s too much paint?

If the previous owners or tenants glommed on paint you’re not crazy about, the best option is to sandblast it right off—but the messy, harsh process “isn’t realistic in all scenarios,” says Santora, and is generally saved for work on outdoor walls.

Inside, he says, opt for over-the-counter paint thinners containing muriatic acid, which will remove the paint without harming the original brick. One major thing to keep in mind, for the safety of both you and your home: He says “the biggest mistake people make is not properly ventilating the space or protecting other areas” when using strong, chemical paint thinners, so keep your furniture and floors covered, and your windows wide open.

And again, this is a process for owners only. “I wouldn’t paint or remove paint [on brick] in a rental unless you don’t have a problem losing your security deposit,” warns Streich.

How to hang something on brick

Above, a “band” like the one on the right-hand wall is an easy way to avoid having a brick wall full of wires

What do I do with all my wires?

Hoping to install lighting, speakers, or anything else that’ll require running a lot of wires across the wall? It’s worth looking into having a contractor or architect install something called a band (see above)—a rectangular, mounted structure that runs the length of the wall and can serve as both a home for unsightly wires and a means of hanging lighting or another fixture. (It can also become a decorative feature in its own right.) Streich notes that these also work well for walls with windows in them, and as an easy place from which to hang shades.

5. Is there any added risk of pests?

In theory, there shouldn’t be, but in reality. sometimes.

“Brick does an excellent job of keeping things out as long as it’s completely structurally intact,” explains Gil Bloom, president of Standard Pest Management. “Once it starts to deteriorate, that image of it being impenetrable crumbles along with the wall. And the bigger the hole, the bigger what can get in.”

With exterior brick walls, Bloom says “moisture pests” like springtails and beetles are a risk when bits of cement or mortar are missing, and you’ll need to bring in someone to repair the area in question before the situation escalates.

If you’re in an older building, you’ll also want to inquire about the state of fire walls and the other material in between the walls of your apartment and your neighbors’: If it’s been allowed to deteriorate, it creates an opening for bed bugs to spread from unit to unit.

Bottom line: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure here, so keep your walls patched up before something decides to take up residence in them.

Will I boil in the summer (or freeze in the winter)?

Though we’ve occasionally heard rumblings about brick walls affecting an apartment’s temperature—keeping things too cold in the winter or hot in the summer—Santora says this shouldn’t be an issue.

“Brick is never the entire portion of the wall, although it has fair insulative properties. The real protection comes from the insulation of the wall assembly,” he says. Before you buy, double-check with the seller that the wall was built with continuous insulation with an “R-value” of 12 or greater (this is the rating used in construction to determine a wall’s thermal resistance).

If you are running into temperature problems, he says, “Remember the biggest losses are at the openings, so the real culprit may actually be the doors or windows in your wall, not the brick itself.”

Brick is in. Whether painted or exposed, it adds warmth and character to a space. But don’t take it from us, here are many examples of beautiful brick fitting into flawless design plans . While the brick is beautiful — does it take away from wall space where you can hang framed photos and art?

It sure doesn’t. Hanging frames on brick is easy. Whether your brick is above a fireplace, part of a cottage chimney, compromises 100% of the walls of your rowhome, or even if it is painted, follow these steps to add even more character to your brick.

How to Hang a Single Frame (or Two) on Exposed Brick (Without Drilling)

1. Get the Right Tools

For a simple frame or two, we recommend a hammer and nails, chalk to mark the spot, and a buddy.

2. Position Your Frame

Just like you would on a normal wall, position your frame on the brick wall, mark its hanging spot with chalk on the brick wall (preferably on the mortar). Use a buddy! One person can do the positioning, the other can verify it’s centered.

3. Nail Into Your Spot

A hammer and nail will do the trick. Remember, be patient, firm but controlled strokes of the hammer. One nail per frame! If this isn’t working in your brick wall, see the section on drilling below.

4. Hang, Adjust and Admire

Hang the frames on their nails, adjust to your liking (levels are your friend), then stand back and admire your work!

How to Hang a Gallery Wall On Exposed Brick (Without Drilling)

1. Get the Right Tools

If you want to avoid the drill, we recommend a good, old-fashioned hammer and nails. Because of brick’s uneven surface, adhesive strips and fasteners are not our first choice. However, if your surface is flat enough to support them, they’ll support the weight of one of our frames. But, you’ve got the power, you don’t need power tools — A hammer and nails will work just fine!

(Pro tip: have a piece of chalk on hand to mark unpainted brick).

2. Use a Framebridge Hanging Guide

Framebridge hanging guides make it easy to hang a gallery wall. Lay it out over your brick surface to get a feel for where your frames will hang. Before taping it in place, play with it a bit, to see if the x’s that mark where your nails go will rest over the mortar, as opposed to the brick face itself. Mark the spots for your nails under the hanging guide if you had to move its layout drastically, or, tape the hanging guide into place, which will mark the spots for you.

3. Nail Away

If possible, we recommend nailing into the mortar as opposed to the brick face itself. This material (while stronger than the brickface) is easier for a nail to enter. Patience is key. Don’t hit too hard. Nailing into brick may take a longer time than you’re used to, but keeping a firm, but slow and steady pace with the hammer hitting the nail will be best (and avoid injuries).

If you think a normal nail is not going to get the job done, consider nailing in a brick hook (or see how to do it with drilling below).

4. Hang, Adjust and Admire

Your nails are in. Now, all you need to do is hang the frames. If the brick complicated the layout a bit and it’s not perfectly squared to your liking, that’s ok, feel free to adjust any nails position now that your gallery wall is up on the brick (levels are your friend).

Then voila. Time to admire. With some smart thinking and a little patience, your brick showpiece is now even more stunning as it’s dotted with frames.

For more insight and the full story behind Marie’s Stack Gallery wall on her exposed brick in her Manhattan apartment, visit her blog.

How to Hang Frames on Painted Brick (Without Drilling)

If you’re working with painted brick, you’re in luck. All the same steps hold for true for painted brick (nail into the mortar, use the same techniques for picking your position), with the added bonus that the smoother surface may make an adhesive strip more likely to work for lighter pieces of art.

P.S. Putting a ledge into your brick and styling frames there is a très chic idea.

How to Hang Frames on Brick With A Drill

Ok, so your brick wall is serious business, the hammer and nail won’t work, and you know your way around a drill (or maybe you’re willing to learn). Here are all the things you’ll need to get the job done:

—A power drill and masonry bit (that corresponds to the size of your wall anchor).

—Flush-mount picture hooks or screws

1. Prepare for Dust

It’s a good idea to move fragile items away from your workspace, or at the least, cover them with any kind of plastic sheeting or cloth. Goggles are a good idea too!

2. Line Up Your Frames and Mark Your Spot (Or Use a Hanging Guide for a Gallery Wall)

With the help of your trusty buddy, pick and mark the spots where the nail will rest on the hanging hardware (wire, saw-tooth hanger etc.). Ensure these spots are on the mortar, then mark them with chalk.

3. Drill Away

Before you start drilling, make sure to attach a masonry bit (one that’s the correct size for the wall anchor you’ll use) to your drill. Drill into the mortar, not the brick (to avoid cracking any brickface). You want to drill approximately one inch deep — deep enough to accommodate a wall anchor, but shallow enough to avoid any damage to wires or pipes.

4. Use a Wall Anchor and Hook

Get a wall anchor into the one-inch deep hole you’ve drilled in the mortar. Then, screw a hook (we can send you some) into the embedded wall anchor. Hard part is over.

5. Hang, Adjust and Admire

And just like that, you’re done. Remember, as you’re putting on the finishing touches, levels are your friends.

Custom gallery wall with black frames from @somethingnavy including Ravenswood, Mercer, Mercer Slim, and Providence.

If you’re looking for more tips on hanging your art, check out these blog posts: “How To” content , including How to Hang a Gallery Wall , How to Hang Art with a Sawtooth Hanger , and How High to Hang Your Art .

For a full set of videos on gallery walls and what goes into hanging them, see this YouTube playlist:

Or, for other framing tips and tricks, this one:

Stop running into a brick wall. Instead, hang some frames on it. Hanging a single frame, set of frames, or gallery wall on brick — with or without drilling — is easier than you think. You got this! But if you have any other questions, we’re here to help.

How to hang something on brick

By itself, a brick wall tends to look cold and impersonal. With two or more walls of brick, the feeling’s even worse. Brick might look barren and overwhelming, but with the right furnishings, it doesn’t matter how much brick you have or what style decor. Pictures, paintings and other wall hangings transform the effect into something homey and warm, and you can create old-fashioned charm or modern elegance. There’s only one problem: You can’t simply pound a nail into the wall when you’re ready to hang artwork. Brick and other masonry walls require a slightly different approach.

Hold the picture up to the wall to get an idea where it looks good. Alternatively, set the picture on a piece of cardboard, newspaper or similar material and trace around the frame. Cut out the shape and tape it to the wall temporarily. This helps you see the overall effect easier — particularly when you are working alone or hanging more than one picture in an area.

Mark the wall, once on either side of the top of the picture or paper, with a pencil or piece of clear tape. Remove the picture and make an additional mark below the frame-top marks to show the precise hanging point. This will correspond to the distance from the picture-hanging wire or hook to the top of the picture frame.

Hold a level aligned with the hanging mark and, keeping it level, find the nearest mortar joint. Because most bricks are only a few inches long and a couple of inches wide or thick, a mortar joint should be nearby. Mark the mortar joint to show where you will drill.

Fit a drill with a masonry drill bit. Measure an inch from the tip of the drill bit back toward the drill. Ring the bit with a black marker or piece of tape directly above the 1-inch point, to help you gauge depth when you drill into the wall.

Drill into the mortar joint where you marked it. Stop when you reach the depth marker. Back out the drill bit and blow the mortar dust from the hole.

Hold a plastic anchor in front of the hole and insert it with the tap of a hammer. A few light blows should drive it to the proper depth — the rim should be flush with the wall surface.

Drive a screw into the anchor. Use either the screw that typically comes with the anchor or find one that fits snugly when inserted. Leave the head sticking out about 1/4 inch.

Test the anchor, grasping the head and trying to wiggle it slightly, to ensure it is secure before hanging the picture. Finally, hang the picture by hooking the wire or hook over the screw head and letting go carefully.

You would be forgiven for thinking that anyone can surely know how to hang a picture frame. Knock some nails into the wall, attach the brackets and voila, job done.

Not so when it comes to brick because no nail is going to tap right into that. It needs to have a pre-drilled hole drilled into it, which isn’t the easiest of tasks without the right tool for the job. Even after the hole is drilled, you need a different hanging kit to the traditional ones available.

Picture hanging kits are plentiful. You can even pick packs of hooks up in the pound shop, but don’t do that. The minuscule pins that are on them won’t budge with brick. As for trying, you’d do well not to have one spring back on your face as it shatters with one swift blow of a hammer in an attempt to knock it into the wall.

With brick, nails won’t work either. And it’s a good thing too because when you do it right, you get the most secure fitting possible. Brick is a lot sturdier than cavity walls, so you’ll get a more secure fitting provided you go about it the right way.

Let’s make it easy, safe, and disaster free.

The last thing you want is to get your new frame up, sitting prim and proper for a week before the load becomes too much and the whole thing comes thunderously crashing to the floor.

That’s avoidable and the likely cause of such catastrophes is the wrong anchor type.

The first thing to know is what you’re working with…

Checking the Wall Composition
You need to know the composition of your wall, so you know what type of anchor to use on it.

The two types of anchors are:

  1. Drywall anchors
  2. Brass anchors

Brass for brick and Drywall for (any guesses) – drywall.

The tells are:

  • Temperature:

Brick walls are colder to touch than drywall

  • Toughness:

Push a pintack into the wall. If it goes in, it’s drywall. If you can’t, it’s because it’s brick. A pintack will never pierce it.

The tools you’ll need to hang picture frames on brick walls

  • Corded power drill with hammer action setting
  • Masonry Drill bit
  • Pencil
  • Sturdy tape measure
  • Level
  • Brass picture hanger
  • Wire detector

Getting the job done
Don’t attempt to drill into a wall before checking for components behind it. You do that with a wire detector, or any other device that’s designed to alert you to where components are behind a wall, preventing a disaster situation like drilling into a gas pipe connecting to the boiler in the upstairs cupboard or loft.

Don’t take a guess approach that all wires will run horizontally or vertically from light switches and wall sockets. Assuming you weren’t there during the build, you’ve no way of knowing what’s behind a wall. Use high-tech gadgetry to find out and keep yourself and your home safe.

The tape measure will help you get the spacing equal and let you mark the wall with your pencil to represent where the hole will be being drilled.

Then it’s just the brute power of the drill to power through the brick and then get your brass fittings installed to hang your frame.

About your drill
The drilling job will be made much easier if you use a corded drill rather than a cordless one. When you use cordless, you’re getting convenience at the sacrifice of power. That’s something you can’t afford when you’re trying to pierce into brick. Brute force is required and you’ll get that with a corded hammer action drill with a masonry drill bit for whatever size of wall anchor you need to secure your frame to the wall.

Quick note on nails
Don’t be fooled by walls that let you get nails hammered only slightly into the wall. If that’s happening, there’s a good chance it’s plaster-covered brick wall. Over the years, the brick could have been re-plastered numerous times. The only grip the nail would be getting is to the depth of the plaster overcoat. Not the actual brick therefore, even if you do get the picture up, it’s not going to be the sturdiest because it’ll be the wrong anchor type.

Remember, there are two types of anchors, Drywall and brass. Brass is best for brick whereas drywall anchors can only be used cavity walls.