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How to Hang a Hook on Tile

Tile is a suitable wall covering for bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes. When the tile covers the entire wall area, sometimes hooks, shelves or other items are installed in the wall tile, rather than in plaster and sheet rock.

Install wall hooks in tile with a drill.

Things You Will Need

  • Painter's tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill with carbide bit
  • Plastic screw plug

Tile is a suitable wall covering for bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes.  When the tile covers the entire wall area, sometimes hooks, shelves or other items are installed in the wall tile, rather than in plaster and sheet rock.

When installing a hook into tile, take steps to keep the tile from cracking, the hole from becoming too large and the hook from sliding out again. 

  1. Place two pieces of painter's tape in an "X" over the area where you will install the hook. Mark the exact location where the hook should go in pencil on the tape. The tape will keep the drill from slipping and also help keep the tile from cracking.
  2. Drill a hole into the tile quickly using a carbide bit. If you go too slowly, you risk making the hole in the tile too large to be of use. Drilling the hole quickly will minimize this risk.
  3. Insert a plastic screw plug into the hole, and screw the hook into the plug. The plug will give the screw something to grip into, since the tile may be too smooth once drilled out to take the turns of the screw.

Things You Will Need

  • Painter's tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill with carbide bit
  • Plastic screw plug

About the Author

Sarabeth Asaff has worked in and has written about the home improvement industry since 1995. She has written numerous articles on art, interior design and home improvements, specializing in kitchen and bathroom design. A member in good standing with the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Asaff has working knowledge of all areas of home design.

Photo Credits

  • hook screws image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com
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