How to Build a Hanging Plant Rack


Having a place for your hanging plants can be a problem for people with small spaces. To alleviate this problem, build a hanging plant rack that's vertical instead of horizontal. This plan, similar to the construction of a coat tree, allows plants to be positioned at different points down the post and out of the way of other plants. The rack uses just two pieces of wood and a few dowels. Assemble this hanging plant rack in about an hour.

Step 1

Lay the post on its side. Use the ruler to measure 1 inch from an end of the post and mark the location. Turn the post to another side and repeat the process. Do this for all four sides of the post. Use the ruler as a straight edge, marking a line across each side at the measured mark.

Step 2

Cut the 1-inch piece from the post with the circular saw. Lay the cut piece flat and draw an X from corner to corner, making four triangles. Use the ruler as a straight edge to draw the lines. Use the circular saw to cut out the four triangles.

Step 3

Find the center of the plywood square with the ruler and mark the spot. Use the ruler to find the center of one post end and mark the spot. Drill a starter hole through the plywood square at the marked spot. Drill a starter hole into the post end at that marked spot.

Step 4

Set the plywood square flat against the end of the post. Line up the holes. Switch out the drill bit with the screwdriver bit and screw the plywood square to the end of the post.

Step 5

Stand the post up on the base. Set one of the triangles at the center of each side so its sides meet the post and the base. Hammer a nail through the upper end of the edge of the triangle into the post. Hammer another nail through the lower end of the edge of the triangle into the base. Repeat the process for the other three triangles. This keeps the pole from tipping over.

Step 6

Measure down from the top of the post 3 inches. Turn to the next side and measure down from the marked spot 3 inches. Mark that spot. Turn the post again to the next side and repeat the process. Continue to repeat the process, moving to a different side as you go down the post. Stop when you are 3 feet up from the base to keep plants off the ground and avoid damage from kicking.

Step 7

Switch out the screwdriver bit for a bit large enough for the dowels you chose. Drill holes into the post at the marks you made for the dowels. Drill into the post far enough so the screw end of the dowel fits completely into the hole.

Step 8

Screw the dowels into the holes. Make sure they are snug in the holes. If you cannot fit a dowel into a hole, remove it and drill the hole again.

Step 9

Paint or stain the hanging plant rack to your taste.

Things You'll Need

  • 8-foot 4-by-4 post
  • 2-by-2 square plywood board
  • 8 wood dowels
  • 2-inch Nails
  • Hammer
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Screwdriver bit


  • Popular Mechanics Magazine; Hanging Tough; Rosario Capotosto; November 1992
Keywords: hanging plants, plant holder, wood plant hanger

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