Drilling Into Brick: A Beginner’s How-to Guide

drilling into brick with a cordless drill
(Image credit: Luke Arthur Wells)

Drilling into brick is an easy DIY skill to pick up, and one that'll come in useful for a multitude of home improvement tasks. From putting up a shelf, curtain pole, a TV, a picture or mirror — you'll need to learn how to drill into brick for mounting anything on your walls. 

If you're a DIYer novice, you need to know you can't screw directly into brick. You need to drill a hole, insert a rawl plug – a type of fixing which will hold your screw in place – and then screw into this. This process is much easier in a brick wall than plasterboard, which may require more specialist fixings. 

Luke Arthur Wells

Luke Arthur Wells is an award-winning interiors blogger and stylist. His blog has been one of Vuelio's top 10 interior blogs for four years running, and he recently won the Best Creative Skill category at the Amara Interior Blog Awards. Luke has worked with some of the UK's biggest brands, from John Lewis and Made to Farrow & Ball and B&Q. He's a big DIYer, and loves coming up with creative woodwork projects for his home, a Victorian terrace renovation in Essex.