Hanging plants from the ceiling is an excellent means of purifying the indoor environment. It enhances the aesthetics indoors with a fresh, lively jungle look. Your indoors can now be outdoors with your very own lush retreat!
Hanging Plants is a wonderful option that saves space and allows you to keep as many plants as you want.
It is also an excellent method that works to bring outdoor plants indoors for their winter dormancy.
Hanging indoor plants comes as a boon if you have small children and pets. It is out of their way and you do not need to worry about its toxicity levels and accidental ingestion.
Armed with all these amazing benefits, let us now look into how to go about hanging indoor plants from ceiling.
Choose the plant to Hang from the Ceiling
The first step is to choose your plant that you plan to hang from the ceiling.
In most cases, drooping plants look beautiful as hanging plants, but you can also choose according to your taste and the available lighting condition.
Devil’s Ivy, String of Pearls, and Boston fern plants look excellent hanging from the ceiling.
For bright light places, go for String of Pearls or Lipstick plants.
Creeping fig and string of Hearts look good in indirect light areas. Hang Zebrina and Pothos in low light areas of your home.
In the end, it boils down to the plants that you wish to hang Indoors.
Choose the Container
Here you have a plethora of options to choose. Hanging planters is all about art and your tastes. Before I forget, it is also about the budget 😉
Plants are hung in different styles and with the help of different materials. The range varies from Commercially available macrame to cheaper jute string or making your macrame with ropes.
If you have a strong and sturdy ceiling and a firm attachment to the ceiling with metal chains or strong ropes, you can easily opt for heavy ceramic containers.
If the ceiling or the hook is not that strong, choose light weighed plastic containers.
Whatever options you choose, the trick is to manage the drainage.
When we water the hanging plant in the container, open drainage holes cause the water to drip and creates a mess on the floor.
Use a decorative pot on top of the original pot to stop the water from leaking. If you forget to do this trust me watering the plant will be a tiring effort.
You will need to take it down, water it in the sink or tub, and wait for the water to drain out before putting it back up.
All this can be avoided by double potting. Just make sure that the outer pot does not have any holes in it. For small plants use a Saucer below the pot.
Hang the Plant!
Once you are done with the first two steps it is now time to hang the plant from the ceiling.
Before we get to the actual process of hanging the plant, there are some important things to keep in mind.
Precautions while hanging plants from ceiling
There are some precautions I would advise before you choose your hanging place.
- First, make sure you have the permission to make holes in your ceiling.
- To begin with, choose a light weighted pot. It will help you to get an idea about the strength of your ceiling. Increase the weight gradually on the ceiling by adding more planters. We do not want the ceiling to fall off.
- Make sure the areas you drill is not near an electric wiring connection. Keep it far away from the electric lines of Chandler and lights.
- Purchase the hooks that correspond to the weight of your plantar. Read the instructions to find out how much weight they can carry.
- Wear protective eyeglasses so that the dust does not fall in your eyes.
- Have a friend for someone from your family around when you are drilling. If you can, take the help of an expert.
- Keep some distance from the side walls while hanging the planter. Also, keep some distance between two hanging pots. It will prevent the planter from banging against each other and the wall.
Tools for hanging
Let us now proceed on how to hang the plants from the ceiling.
You will need:
- Measuring tape
- Drilling machine
- Hookset (spring toggle hook set for drywall and a regular J hook for wooden ceiling)
- Potted plant ready with the hanger
- Step ladder
The spring toggle hook set works wonderfully well on the ceiling. They are also called as swag hooks.
Open the set and attach the washer to the hook. It will sit next to the Plasterboard of the roof once the hook is screwed in.
Place the spring toggle on top of the hook and turn it clockwise. These toggles are strong and will support up to 10 kg of weight. However, I wouldn’t advise hanging heavy planters on the ceiling for the fear of accidental Falls.
The toggles are put inside with legs down and once they go through the hole they spring up grabbing the plasterboard. They stop the hook from falling from the ceiling.
Climb up the step ladder. Mark the place you want to drill with a marker and use a measuring tape to keep a distance of around 6 feet from the wall and another hanging plant.
Drill the hole with a 5\8 inch drill bit. Make sure the diameter of the hole you drill is smaller than the diameter of the hook you are going to place. It should also allow the toggle bolts legs to pass through the holes.
In case it sinks into drywall, you will encounter free space or pop into open space while drilling. The drywall is also known as plasterboard or sheetrock. Use spring toggle hooks for drywall. Use regular J hooks for wooden ceiling or joist (wooden planks on the ceiling).
Some people use stud finders to figure out if the roof is drywall or joist.
Pull and rotate your hook till the washer is in line with the plasterboard of the roof. You may also use pliers instead to tighten the hook into place.
Pull down again to make sure it’s firmly set.
Creative ideas to hang your plants
There are many ways to hang the plant from the roof. You can attach a ‘market bought ring’ to hang the plant.
You can also use jute ropes to hang the plants or make a macrame from the ropes. You can also drill holes on the second pot and pass ropes on either side to secure it in place.
If you wish to hang multiple pots, you can use wooden or metallic rods. Make a hole on either end of the rods with the help of a drilling machine and attach ropes and knot them as two knots on either side.
Now hang them from two hooks drilled parallel to each other.
Hanging plants without drilling
If your owner does not agree to drill holes in the ceiling, there are other beautiful options to hang without drilling
- Hang on either side of your curtain rods or use the entire pole sans the curtain to improve your indoor air quality. Make sure the weight is suspended equally so the pole does not bend. Use your creativity to either use round hooks or ropes or a shaped steel hooks depending on the weight of your planter.
- Make holes in opposite corners your shelf to let the rope pass through. Let the plants take the support of the wooden shelf and hang on either side of the shelves.
- Use a superior tension rod and suspend it between two shelves or walls and hang your plants on them. You can use the rod of your shower curtains to hang plants that love a humid environment.
- If you are short of ceiling and ground space, suction the small plants to the window. Herbs look beautiful suctioned to the kitchen window
- Hang the plants on a custom made or a market bought trellis. Fix the trellis to a sidewall and attach as many plants as you like. Plants mounted on the sidewall look beautiful and are a form of art expression.
- Use magnetic pots and stick them to the wall with the help of magnets.
- Use adhesive hooks to hang light-weighted pots from the ceiling without drilling. You can use high strength magnetic hook. It is a magnetic plate with a hook attached to it.
- Attach C clamps to walls or open doorways that stick out for a modern look. Hang the plant on the clamp from the portion that is sticking out.
- You can also put “over the door” hooks on doors that you do not use or those that remain open.
These are some of the amazing ways you can hang indoor plants from your ceiling with or without drilling.
Don’t forget to let me know which idea worked best for you.
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