How to Hang Wood Shutters on Brick


Shutters are a great way to upgrade the look of your house, whether you are replacing old ones or adding entirely new ones. Adding shutters to a wooden exterior is easier, but attaching them to brick isn't much more difficult with the right tools. You'll need to use a hammer drill and a masonry drill bit to make the holes in the wall, and either masonry wall anchors or shutter fasteners to hang the shutters.

Part 1
Using Pilot Holes to Mark the Brick

Using Pilot Holes to Mark the Brick on How to Hang Wood Shutters on Brick

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You will need 1 pilot hole in each corner of each shutter. How far away you make the holes from the top, bottom, and side edges is up to you, but make sure that they are all even.[1] Use a regular drill and drill bit for this. Match the size of the drill bit to the screws that you will be using. Skip this step if you are using hinged shutters.

Using Pilot Holes to Mark the Brick on How to Hang Wood Shutters on Brick

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Set the hinges against the left side edge of your first shutter. Use a regular drill and drill bit to drill the pilot holes through the screw holes. Insert the screws, then screw them into place. Repeat this step for the right side edge of your second shutter.[2] You can mark the pilot holes with a pencil first, set aside the hinges, then drill the holes. You will need 2 hinges per shutter: 1 towards the top edge and 1 towards the bottom edge. Skip this step if you are using stationary (decorative) shutters.

Using Pilot Holes to Mark the Brick on How to Hang Wood Shutters on Brick

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If you are attaching stationary shutters, start with just 1 shutter for now. Use a level to ensure that it is hanging straight; the air bubble should be between the 2 lines in the middle of the glass tube. If you are attaching your shutters with hinges, set both of them into the window frame in the closed position. Use wooden shims to keep them in place.[3]

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You can do this with a skewer dipped in paint or with a hammer drill and a masonry drill bit. If you are using the latter, choose a drill bit that is the same size as the screw hole.[4] You don’t need to drill all the way into the brick wall; you just want to scuff the surface. If you are using pintle hinges, you will need to slide the pintle under the hinge and place it against the wall first.[5]

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Do all of the pilot holes on your first hinge or shutter, then move onto the second shutter. If you set your hinged shutters in place with wooden shims, you can leave them in place; just remove the pintle so that you can see the pilot holes.

Part 2
Drilling the Holes in the Wall

Drilling the Holes in the Wall on How to Hang Wood Shutters on Brick

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This is the key to making holes in a brick wall. A regular drill or drill bit won’t cut it. Even if you add a masonry drill bit onto a regular drill, the regular drill may not be powerful enough to do the job. If you are attaching your shutters or hinges with screws, you’ll need wall anchors too. Match the drill bit to the wall anchor, not the screw. You can use shutter fasteners to hang stationary shutters. Match the size of the drill bit to the screw part of your fastener.

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Using your markings on the brick as a guide, make the holes with a hammer drill and masonry drill bit. Go slowly, and be sure to hold the drill steady so that the hole is straight, not crooked.[6] Allow the drill to continue spinning as you pull it out of the hole. This will help clear the brick dust out of the hole. The depth of the hole depends on the depth of the wall anchors, fasteners, or screws. Try to make it as accurate as possible. If it's too shallow, you'll meet resistance later on.

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There are 2 ways you can hang stationary shutters: with screws or with shutter fasteners. If you are using screws, you want to drill the holes deep enough into the wall so that the top of the screw falls about 1⁄4 inch (0.64 cm) below the surface of the shutter.[7] If you want to use shutter fasteners, you need to make them deep enough for the fastener, which you will be hammering in.[8] Shutter fasteners will appear as studs on the finished shutter.

Drilling the Holes in the Wall on How to Hang Wood Shutters on Brick

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Set your first wall anchor into your first pilot hole. Gently tap it into place with a hammer or mallet. Repeat this step for all of the pilot holes and anchors.[9] You do not need wall anchors for shutter fasteners. You can use wall anchors for stationary shutters with seamless screws, however.

Part 3
Hanging Your Shutters

Hanging Your Shutters on How to Hang Wood Shutters on Brick

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If you removed your shutters earlier, pick 1 to start with, and position it against the wall. If you are using pintle hinge shutters, slide a pintle under 1 of the top hinges on your shutter.

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Start with the top holes in your hinge or shutter, then do the bottom holes. Once you finish the first shutter, move onto the second shutter. For hinges, drill the screws in until they meet with the surface of the hinge. For a seamless finish on stationary shutters, drill the screws until they are about 1⁄4 inch (0.64 cm) below the surface of the shutter.[10] If you are using shutter fasteners on stationary shutters, lightly tap the fasteners in with a hammer or mallet.[11]

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Cover the brick wall around each shutter with strips of painter’s tape. Apply your desired paint or wood stain, then let it dry. Once it dries, peel the tape off.[12] If you screwed the stationary shutters in rather than using shutter fasteners, fill the holes in with wood putty first. Let the putty dry before painting the shutter. If you used shutter fasteners, you should paint over them so that they match the rest of the shutter.

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Some window shutters contain extra items, such as holdbacks. Once you have the shutters installed, you can add these extras. Remember to mark the pilot holes with pencil first, and to drill the holes into the brick with a hammer drill and masonry bit.[13] You can add these accessories to stationary shutters too, but they are not necessary.