How to Hang a Planter


Having plants inside your home our outside on the patio can provide a "warming" atmosphere. There is something about plants that make the space feel final and complete. Many times there may not be sufficient room to have the plants on the floor or on tables. But that doesn't mean you have to go without plants at all. A hanging planter is a great solution for the person who is short on space but still wants to enjoy plants. It is fairly easy to hang a planter, and only a few common tools are needed.

Step 1

Look for a place to hang your planter. Look for a solid wood beam or ceiling joist, which is a structural wood member that holds up the floor or roof above. Drywall and thin plywood are not suitable for hanging planters because the weight of the planter is usually too much for these materials to hold.

Step 2

Drill the pilot holes for the hanging hooks you purchased. Pilot holes are holes that are slightly smaller than the object you are screwing in. They reduce the chance of the wood splitting. You'll want a pilot hole that is about half the diameter of the screw that's on the hanging hook and as deep as the threaded portion on the hanging hook.

Step 3

Screw in the hanging hooks by grasping them with your pliers and turning them clockwise so the threads screw into the pilot hole. Hanging hooks for wood should have coarse threads to grip the wood as they are screwed in.

Step 4

Hang your planter from the hanging hooks. Depending on the variety of planter you purchased, you may need to attach a length of rope or chain from the hanging hook to the planter using S hooks. S hooks come in different sizes and usually come with the chain.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Planter
  • Ladder
  • Drill bits
  • Cordless drill
  • Hanging hooks
  • Pliers
  • Chain or rope with S hooks


  • Garden Supermart
  • Saddleback

Who Can Help

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