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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.