Decoration Tips: How To Hang Plants From The Ceiling

Do you love plants in the house but have a small place? The solution is indoor hanging plants! You can add some greenery in your rooms without covering your window sills or floor space with potted plants. They will instantly upgrade your home decor and bring a new feeling to your home’s interior. 

hanging plants near a window inside the house

Are you wondering how to hang plants from a ceiling? Keep on reading to find out all you need to know about installing your hanging pots and get some smart ideas about what plants to choose and where to hang them!

Where to hang your plants

When it comes to interior design, plants play a significant role in it. There are many ways you can arrange your plants and many places to hang them from. Each space can create a focal point or complement the room’s design. Just keep in mind the needs of each plant, considering the sunlight. Find here some smart ideas about where to hang your plants to create a beautiful indoor garden

  • Hang a few planters from the ceiling of your living room for a minimalistic look. There are many ways to arrange your plants in the living room to bring a little nature into your living space and boost your mood and creativity.
  • If you already have plants in a room, you can add some hanging ones on top of them to create a ‘jungle theme’.
  • Liven up your bedroom by adding plants to it. Who wouldn’t want an inspiring and energising awakening every day?
  • Hang plants in your kitchen to add colour and a happy mood while cooking. You can also use hanging pots with herbs inside to make your own interior herb garden.
  • Hanging greenery is perfect for small rooms since it takes no space from your floor. You can use them in a home office or hobby room to inspire you and keep you company.
  • You can hang your pots even on a porch to upgrade the kerb appeal of your house.
  • For plants that need full sun, make sure they get at least 5 hours of direct sunlight during the day. A south-facing position, with no tree obstruction, is a great choice to place them.
  • For any hanging baskets that need some shade, prefer hanging them in a north-facing position, perhaps shaded by a tree.

Giant ferns hanging over dining table with a complete set of five modern chairs

Types of hanging planters

Plant hangers are cradle-like structures designed to hold potted plants securely. There are many types of plant ceiling hooks and designs to choose from. The most important thing to consider is your plants’ need for sunlight and the space available. You have to make sure you place them where your hook can either use a drywall screw or access a stud before adding your planter. Doing so, you will ensure they will not pull free, especially when you water them. It is essential to measure and find the right planter for your plant to provide a good home and stable growing conditions for it. Find here the most popular hanging planter designs to choose the right one for you.


Macrame plant hangers work well in boho-chic spaces or rooms with vintage flair. They have beautiful, often intricate textiles thanks to many knotting techniques that can be used to create them. Not only do they bring a bohemian flair to your house, but they are sturdy and can keep a variety of houseplants. Their beauty is that the designs are endless, coming in various sizes, colours and shapes. If you are into crafts, you can make it a DIY project to mirror your style and taste.

Metal Frames

Metal frames offer geometric deans and a sturdy base to place your pots in. They complement houses with modern design and can also bring a rustic look to any room. They are more suitable for small plants and for those that do not require being placed in soil

three hanging planters hanging from the ceiling in metal geometric frames


Self-watering styled ones can be pretty practical since they include the pot you will need to transplant your plants into. They are designed with a reservoir inside which provides water to the soil as it dries. All you have to do is to refill it every now and then.

Woven Basket

Woven baskets are made of wickerwork. They have a unique, beautiful look that can enhance the aspect of any houseplant. Unlike traditional planters, you add the plant in it after you have potted it, keeping the mess out of the house. 

Air Plant Holders

For certain kinds of plants, you’ll need special planters to house them. This happens with air ones, members of the Tillandsia genus. They thrive in hanging metal frames and bulbs. Since they are small, you can hang a series of them in all the spots you want to brighten up inside your house.

air plant bulb with blurred background

Step-by step-guide: How to hang plants from the ceiling with a swag hook

Using a hook to hang your plants will be easy to install and safer than standard threaded hooks. You can find them in any hardware store and will also look pretty. They come in various sizes and weight limits, so have a look around to find the best one for your plants. Keep reading to find out how to hang your plants from the ceiling!

What you’ll need

Step 1: Drill a hole for the swag hook

  • To drill in the right spot, consider how you will space your plants and how much light they’ll get
  • Don’t hang the hook too close to any wall. You don’t want the plant resting against it and hanging freely.
  • Use a 1.5cm drill bit to make a hole in your ceiling.
  • Switch out for a smaller drill bit if you hit a stud. That way, you can install the screw-in hook.

man wearing a helmet, on a ladder, drilling a hole in the ceiling

Step 2: Install the swag hook

  • Screw the clip onto one end and then the hook on the other
  • Pinch the clip against the threaded rod and push it up through the hole.
  • You should now see the clip’s arms becoming flat
  • Tug on the hook and ensure that everything is sturdy
  • Turn the hook until it’s flush with the ceiling.

Step 3: Hang your plants and enjoy

  • Use an adjustable chain to get the plant to the right height.
  • If you have a vining plant growing long, you may use adhesive hooks to drape the plant’s vines.
  • Adhesive hooks are also a great way to get any vining plant to stretch out where you want them.
  • You may also use hangers for outdoor plants by attaching the hook to a porch or trellis.

How to hang plants from the ceiling without holes

You are not good with power tools, or your landlord hates it when you make holes in the walls? In case the drill is not a good option for you, there are other ways to hang your plants from the ceiling. Find here other smart alternatives!

Use adhesive hooks

  • Purchase adhesive command hooks with adjustable hooks that are perfect for ceiling hanging. 
  • Stick the adhesive back directly against the ceiling
  • Twine on your pot, or slide the hook over the loop of the adjustable holder to hang it up.

four self-adhesive plastic hooks for all purposes, white background

Use a magnetic hook

  • Get a high-strength magnetic hook
  • Attach it to a metal fixture, air duct, or air vent on the ceiling. 
  • Loop the plant over the hook and hang it from your ceiling.
  • You may be able to attach a powerful magnetic hook to a drywall since there are nails in the studs.

Suspend plants from a tension rod

  • Extend the bar of the tension rod while holding it inside of your window frame. 
  • Pull out the rod’s two ends until the pad on both ends is pushing against the frame. 
  • Place it 8–15 cm from the window’s top and hang your plants on it.
  • Your plants are technically not hanging from the ceiling, but they will look as if they were. They take no floor space, too.

Plants that are perfect for hanging baskets

There are many plants to choose from when you want to add them in baskets, either bright or low light ones. Whatever you choose, make sure it will be one you will enjoy looking at, and that can live well in your room’s conditions. For a more dramatic statement, you may choose trailing varieties like pothos, ferns and philodendron. For more subtle, choose contained varieties, such as succulents. Here are the most common and popular hanging plants you can find.

Six handmade cotton macrame plant hangers are hanging from a wood branch.

Bright light hanging plants

  • Snake Plant
  • Philodendron Birkin
  • Spider Plant
  • Maidenhair Fern
  • Air Plant
  • English Ivy
  • String of Hearts

Low light hanging plants

  • Peace Lily
  • ZZ Plant
  • Pothos
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Peperomia
  • String of Pearls

How to care for your hanging plants

Your plants can act as an apartment therapy and bring colour and joy to your house. This is why you should also take good care of them and keep them lush and healthy. Find here all you need to do to care appropriately for your plants.

Water often

Watering your plants the right way is essential for their well-being and survival. Plants in containers generally need to be watered more often than if they were growing in your garden. Baskets need that even more since they are subject to drying winds. To find out if your plant needs water, reach up and lift the pot from below. You should water it if it feels light. In most areas, you should water your plants every day or even twice a day. 

Woman gardener in orange overalls watering potted houseplant in greenhouse surrounded by hanging plants, using white watering can metal. Home gardening, love of plants and care.

Deadhead blooming plants

Flowers fade and die. You should remove dead flowers by pinching them off where they meet the stem. That way, you promote the formation of new flowers


Since you’ll be watering frequently, nutrients will leave the potting mix quickly. Feed your plants with fertiliser, following the directions for amount and frequency. Feed them when the soil is moist and not when they are wilting.

Soak, if necessary

When you water your plants, there is the possibility of water streaming from the drainage holes, but the soil remaining dry. In that case, you should try submerging the pot in a bucket of water for up to an hour to rewet the soil.

Cut back leggy plants

Cut back plants that start to look straggly. Most common ones, such as impatiens, petunias, and verbena, will produce denser new growth.

Replace plants in mixed baskets, as needed

Remove any plant that has finished blooming from a mixed planting. Be careful with the other plants as you take it out and replace it with another plant. Otherwise, fill the space with extra soil and let the other plants fill the gap.

Woman gardener holding macrame plant hanger with houseplant over grey wall. Hobby, love of plants, home decoration concept.
Having indoor plants doesn’t necessarily require a lot of space or a green thumb. Hanging plants from your ceiling can be an easy work to do and requires basic maintenance. Choose your favourite plant, a beautiful plant pot and start your DIY project, whether you want to drill your ceiling joist or not! Follow our instructions and enjoy your new, fresh interior design!

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