The 6 Best Hooks For Hanging Plants
Each plant has its own unique needs, so it's important to find a spot with enough sunlight and out of reach from curious pets. That's where plant-hanging hooks come in. Whether you're looking to find the best light for your plant, keeping them away from pets, or just simply decorating, the best hooks for hanging plants should be strong enough to hold your plants (pot and all) and easy to install.
There are tons of hooks and other contraptions that can hold up your pots, but you first want to consider the best environment for your plant. Will it thrive indoors under a lamp? You may want to opt for a ceiling hook and chain combo so it can dangle beneath the light. Also consider if your plant will hang indoors or outdoors on a porch or in a backyard. That will dictate which hook is right for you.
You also want to consider your own personal style. While metal wall hooks may look gorgeous in your farmhouse-style kitchen, you may not love the look as much if you're into more modern decor. And while pulley hooks make caring for your hanging plant so much easier (you can lower your plant easily, water it, and then return it to its place), they are a bit bulkier and less decorative than other options out there.
No matter which way you go, having a study plant hook that looks great indoors or outside is key. Here's a round-up of some top notch picks to choose from.
Introduction: How to Hang a Plant From the Ceiling
As someone with too many plants and pets, I like to hang whatever plants I can to keep them away from the animals! It also frees up space on my shelves for more plants.
I always hang my plants from the ceiling using a swag hook and an adjustable hanging chain.
Swag hooks are easy to install, safer than standard threaded hooks, and they look so much nicer, too. :) They come in a variety of sizes and weight limitations, so have a look around to find the best swag hook for your plants!
Keep reading and I'll tell you all about swag hooks and how to hang your plants from the ceiling!
Step 1: Tools and Materials
You don't need much, thankfully!
Tools to hang a plant:
And of course, some plants for hanging :D
Swag hooks are my absolute favorite tool to hang things from the ceiling. It's not always possible to use a stud, and these provide a safe alternative.
The one caveat with swag hooks: know the maximum weight! Every swag hook is rated for a different weight, so be sure to check yours and don't hang anything near the max weight. If the swag hook rips out of the ceiling, it's gonna be a bad time.
Step 2: How to Use a Swag Hook
How you use it all depends on what you end up drilling into!
If the drill sinks into drywall (also known as plasterboard or sheetrock, depending on where you live!) you're going to want to install the swag hook setup on the left. This swag hook includes a hinged clip at the top which anchors the hook against the opposite side of the drywall. (The clip opens flat once pushed through the hole, allowing you to screw the hook into place.)
If the drill sinks into a stud, you'll want to use the swag hook setup on the right. Use a drill bit slightly smaller than the screw and then use your hands or a set of plier to tighten the hook into place.
Step 3: Drilling a Hole for the Swag Hook
There's only one important thing to consider here: drilling in the right spot! Make sure you consider how plants will be spaced and how much light they'll get. Don't hang the hook too close to a wall so the plant rests against the wall and won't hang freely.
Use a drill with a 5/8 inch drill bit to make a hole in your ceiling.
Remember to switch out for a smaller drill bit if you hit a stud so you can install the screw-in swag hook.
P.S. Don't worry - these holes can be easily patched if you're renting! You can buy drywall patches and spackle in nearly any hardware store and it's a great skill to learn. For a more advanced technique, check out How to Fix a Hole in Drywall by mikeasaurus to learn how. :D
Step 4: How to Install the Swag Hook
Screw the hinged clip onto one end, and the hook on the other. Pinch the clip against the threaded rod and push it up through the hole.
Once it passes through the hole, you should hear and feel the clip's arms extending and becoming flat. Tug on the hook and make sure everything is sturdy, and then begin turning the hook until it's flush with the ceiling.
Tightening the hook sandwiches the drywall securely between the clip and hook so you can be extra sure it'll stay where it should. :D
Step 5: Hang Your Plants and Enjoy!
Use your adjustable chain to get the plant to the right height and gaze lovingly at your new air garden. I'd love to see a picture of them, too! :D
OH! And one last pro tip: if you have a vining plant (like my string of bananas here - over five feet!) that's growing really long, you can use adhesive hooks to drape the plant's vines and keep it out of harm's way. You may be able to see the tiny one I'm using on the left.
Adhesive hooks are also a lovely way to get a pothos, wandering jew or other vining plant to stretch out where you want them.
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Guide to Hanging Plant Hooks
Hanging your plants has serious perks. Indoors, it helps avoid cluttered counters, adds interest to otherwise bare spaces, and puts pet owners and parents at ease. Outdoors, hanging plants stay out of reach from hungry animals and enhance patio style. Unfortunately, setting up hanging plant hooks can be a pain. Variables that go into hanging plants include weight of the plant, location, ceiling or wall material, and type of hook. We're here to help you figure these details out. Soon enough, you'll have no problem hanging beautiful plants in your home.
Ceiling Hooks for Hanging Plants
When filled with soil and water, hanging plants can be pretty heavy, so err on the side of caution by purchasing a hook that can hold a weight heavier than your plant's.
To install hanging plant hooks in the ceiling, you'll probably need a step ladder. Use a stud finder to locate a ceiling joist (one of the beams that supports your ceiling). If you don't have a stud finder, knock on the ceiling and listen for a short, firm soundthat's where the joist is.
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Mark the location of your hook with a pencil. Select a drill bit about the same diameter as your hook screw's threaded shaft. Drill a hole into the ceiling slightly deeper than the length of the threaded shaft. Push the screw into the hole, gently twisting to tighten until the base of the hook is flush with the ceiling.
Hanging a Hook from Drywall
Hanging plant hooks from drywall is a different process than installing ceiling hooks into joists. Instead of a hook screw, you'll be using a toggle bolt with a hook. Plastic toggles are good for hanging on walls, but do not use on ceilings.
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Use a stud finder to locate a hollow spot in the ceiling or wall and mark it with a pencil; toggle bolts cannot be screwed into wall studs. Drill a hole the size of the base of the toggle (usually around half an inch). Pinch the wings of your toggle together and insert them through the hole. When the wings reach the hollow area, they'll open inside of the hole. Tighten the bolt to ensure that the wings are secure against the inner surface of the wall or ceiling. Suspend your plant from this hanging plant hook and delight in your green decor.
Where to Hang Your Plant
The location of your indoor hanging plant hook depends on the plant. Think of it as if you were designing your outdoor garden: Pay attention to sunlight needs. For example, if your plant needs full sun to survive (like an orchid), hang it in front of a south-facing window. Buy swivel ceiling hooks for sun-loving plants so that you can turn the plant, ensuring that sunlight reaches all sides of it.
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Types of Plant Hooks
An extender hook is a great option for hanging plants on a porchthe sturdy wrought iron will easily hold heavy hanging baskets. Place the extender hook on a wooden beam on your porch and slip the plant onto the hook. This versatile hook can be easily moved. Another hook option for outdoor plants is an iron bracket. This plant hook can be screwed into wooden walls on a porch, fence, or shed.
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If you're looking for a decorative hanging plant hook, there are plenty to choose from. Swirly wrought iron evokes a cottage feel in this hanging plant hook for indoor or outdoor use. Or, try an ornate bronze hook in the ceiling for an elegant touch.
Buy it: Black Iron Decorative Plant Bracket, $10
The simplest type of plant-hanging mechanism is an S hook. S hooks fit snugly on exposed pipes, rods, or over ledges. They're easily moveable, making them a great option for hanging herb gardens. Also, you don't have to deal with stud finders, a drill, or any other toolsthat's a win in our book!
Two Ways to Install a Ceiling Hook for Plants
There are a few different methods to install a ceiling hook to hang a plant from, but this post is going to cover two of them. The first method involves finding a joist, and the second method uses a toggle bolt. Dont let the words joist or toggle bolt worry you though, both of these methods are very easy, and require few tools. Read on for instructions for two ways to install a ceiling hook.
Install a Ceiling Hook into a Joist
Hanging a plant hook using a ceiling joist is the most secure way and the safest, especially if you plan to hang a heavy planter.
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Decide where you will install the hook. Grab the stud finder to locate a joist in that area. Dont have a stud finder, try one of these 5 Ways to Find a Stud without a Stud Finder. Make several passes to ensure you know exactly where the joist begins and ends, and mark the area accordingly.
Drill a small pilot hole into the drywall and joist with a drill bit slightly smaller than the size of the screw being used.
Hand screw the hook into place until it is flush against the drywall. (If it becomes too difficult to turn, you can put a screwdriver into the hook to use for leverage.)
Hang your planter and pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
Install a Ceiling Hook with a Toggle Bolt
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of finding a joist, or there isnt a joist where you want to hang your plant, you can use a toggle bolt with the hook. (Just make sure your plant isnt heavier than the specified weight limit for your ceiling hook.) It sounds intimidating, but its actually very easy!
First, what is a toggle bolt? A toggle bolt is a bolt with wings that you hold closed to insert inside a hole in drywall, and once inside the hollow wall the wings spring back open. They are great for using with ceiling hooks!
Decide where you’ll be installing the ceiling hook for your plant and make a small mark with a pencil.
Make a small pilot hole where you just marked using a drill and a 1/8 drill bit. If you happen to hit a joist consider going back to the first method above, otherwise you’ll need to move to the left or right of the joist.
Using a 3/8 drill bit and drill, make a larger hole into the ceiling drywall to fit the end of the toggle bolt.
Holding the wings on the toggle bolt closed, gently insert the bolt (hinge side first) into the hole in the ceiling drywall.
Once inserted the wings will pop open, securing the bolt inside the drywall.
Screw the swag hook onto the bolt, and continue screwing until the hook is flush against the drywall. It’s helpful to pull down gently on the bolt while screwing the hook into place to keep it from just spinning in place.
Hang your planter and you are finished with this project!
I hope this tutorial gives you the confidence to install a ceiling hook in your own home!
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I’m Amanda, and I am the creator and voice behind the food and DIY blog, Domestically Creative. What started as a place to share updates with friends and family after we moved from Illinois to Tennessee and then to Texas, turned into a passion for finding creative and frugal ways to feed us and decorate our homes.
I have always had the “make it myself” attitude and I’m not afraid to bust out the power tools or get creative when it comes to decorating our home on a budget. You can usually find me scouring the local thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales looking for my next makeover (like this litter box cabinet), or dreaming up ways to make our new house feel more like home. My most recent project was giving my home office a much needed facelift. Some of the plans included creating a fun inspirational accent wall and adding pegboard to store my craft hoards.
I currently call Missouri home, where I live with my husband, dog, and 2 cats in a pretty dull, late 90’s split level. My husband and I both love to travel the U.S and recently purchased a small travel trailer to tag along in our journeys. In our free time together we can usually be found working together on a home project, exploring a new place, or just lounging with our pup, Delilah.
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