How to hang pictures on brick without drilling holes

Hanging pictures on brick walls without drilling holes has become a lot easier since the introduction of masonry nails and grab adhesives. You can hammer masonry nails directly into brick walls without drilling holes first. "Grab adhesive" is specially formulated to be as strong as nails, according to the claims of several manufacturers.

Follow the advice of DIY retailer Wickes and use masonry nails to make a secure fixing. Knock a masonry nail into the brick then hang your picture from it. Proceed in like manner until you have hung all your pictures.

Use a picture rail and grab adhesive if you don’t want to make any holes in your brick walls, either by drilling or any other method. Use a spirit level to draw a straight line on the brick where you would like the picture rail to be.

Cut the picture rail to length with a saw. Apply grab adhesive to the back of the picture rail in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Line up the bottom of the rail with the pencil line on the wall. Apply the back of the rail to the wall and press and hold it for a while, ensuring every part is in contact with the wall. Leave to cure in line with specific product advice.

Place picture rail hooks on the rail where you would like your pictures to hang, when the grab adhesive has cured. Picture rail hooks have a special “backward S” shape. This allows them to latch onto the projecting moulded profile of the picture rail while providing a hook at the bottom on which you can hang your pictures.


Ensure you buy masonry nails of the correct gauge to accommodate the weight of the pictures you wish to hang. Application advice is usually given on the pack.


Wear safety goggles when hammering nails into walls.

Things You'll Need

  • Masonry nails
  • Hammer
  • Picture rail
  • Grab adhesive
  • Spirit level
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Picture rail hooks
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Frank Luger had his first educational resources published in the early 1990s. He worked on a major reading system for Cambridge University Press, became an information-technology adviser and authored interactive whiteboard resources for "The Guardian." Luger studied English literature and holds a Bachelor of Education honors degree from Leeds University.