How to Hang Art on a Brick or Plaster Wall

Here’s an problem that’s fairly common when living in one of New York City’s many historic (or old, depending on how you look at it!) buildings: many of them have brick or plaster walls, which can present a challenge when hanging art and photos. Luckily, it’s a challenge that’s not too hard to conquer with the right tools. Below, our quick guide for how to hang art on a brick or plaster wall.

An ILevel installation of art on a marble wall.
An ILevel art installation on a marble wall.

What you’ll need:

  • A drill
  • Anchors
  • Screws
  • Measuring tape
  • A level (You only get one shot with plaster and brick!)

How to do it:

  • First, decide how many points to hang the art from. If it’s at all heavy (more than 20 lbs or so), we recommend hanging it from two or more points for extra security.
  • Measure the distance between the points you decide to hang the art from. Use those measurements to mark the wall. Hold the art up to those points, and use a level to ensure it’s even. Adjust accordingly.
  • Once you’re certain of your hanging location, use a drill to create a hole at each point (make sure to choose the correct-size drill bit for your anchor and screw–there’s a handy guide from the Home Depot which goes much more in-depth on choosing the right anchor and drill bit)
  • Insert the anchor, tapping it in with a hammer if necessary.
  • Using a screwdriver, insert screw into anchor.
  • Voila! You’re ready to hang your art.

Still need help hanging your artwork on a hard wall? We can help! Contact ILevel to discuss all your picture-hanging need.