How much weight can a ceiling bracket hold?

The weight a ceiling bracket can hold depends on the type of bracket and where it is placed. A solid metal bracket secured into a ceiling joist can hold quite a lot of weight. A smaller, weaker bracket or one that is secured only into sheet rock should only hold about a pound. A bracket that expands after installation should be used when not securing to a joist for heavier loads. Otherwise, the bracket may break or pull through the sheetrock. Check the bracket packaging for weight limits on the bracket itself.