Patio planters allow homeowners to grow plants of their choice and display them on their patios. These are either placed against a wall to enhance curb appeal, or hung on a bare wall to add color to it and increase visual interest at varying levels. Hanging planters are usually installed under windows, or on tops of doors, fences or railings. Take care to mount it carefully so the hardware fully supports the weight of the planter and contained soil, as it could be dangerous if it comes loose.
How to Hang Patio Planter Boxes
Place a stud finder under the window on the wall you want to mount the planter box, to locate studs. Drag your magnetic or electronic stud against the wall surface and wait for it to signal a stud location. Studs are usually found on both sides of a window and its center. Mark each stud location on the sill or directly under it on the wall with a pencil mark.
Measure the window to determine its center, and mark it with a pencil. Also measure and mark the center of the planter box with a pencil mark in its upper back edge.
Lift the planter box so the mark on its center corresponds with the mark in the center of the window sill, and is directly over it. This is the location where you will hang your planter box. Also mark on the top back edge of the box the locations for the corresponding studs on the wall. These marks will help you determine where in the back of the planter you need to drill pilot holes.
Place a 4-foot level horizontally against the wall to make sure the marks are at the same level, and draw a straight line with a pencil to determine where the top of your planter will be.
Check the lag bolts so you use drill bit that is slightly smaller in diameter. Drill pilot holes over the pencil marks on the top edge of the back of the box. These holes will ensure the lag bolts penetrate the studs in the wall to hold the planter securely.
Lift the planter against the wall again; ensuring the mark in its center is directly over the mark locating the center of the window. Insert a pencil or drill bit through the pilot holes on the planter to determine on the wall where you have to drill pilot holes. These marks will be directly over the stud marks you made previously. Drill pilot holes over these marks on the wall.
Insert lag bolts through the pilot holes of your planter and the wall so it is attached securely, and tighten with a wrench.