Good Questions: Anchoring Shelves in A Brick Wall?

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Hello AT,

After trying to hang shelves into my one drywalled wall this weekend that was just not working my only other options are to consider the walls that are brick behind the plaster.

So how do I go about putting up sturdy shelves into an old buildings brick?

I’m sure this issue plagues more than just me but I can’t seem to find an answer.

Thanks. Tennille

Dear Tenille, honestly, it is easier to put shelves into drywall and if you secure your anchors properly (and go into studs for really heavy weight), these walls should hold anything. Here are some rudimentary instructions.

Also check out Molly Bolts and other better anchors to hold heavier loads.

As for brick walls, you will need to first drill a hole with a masonry bit and then use a masonry anchor that will expand properly to hold the brick. Either way will work, but sheetrock walls are easier. MGR