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How to Hang a Planter From the Ceiling

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This post shares how to hang a planter from the ceiling. The method used for hanging heavy objects from the ceiling depends on whether you’re hanging something from drywall or from a ceiling joist. Read on to learn more.

How to hang a planter from the ceiling

Time for a quick tip post! I have so many hanging planters in my house, you’d think I would have gotten around to doing a quick tip on how to hang a planter from the ceiling by now. Alas, it took me going to my brother and his girlfriend’s house to help them hang a planter.

How to Hang a Planter From the Ceiling

I don’t know why hanging things from the ceiling is so intimidating, but it is. And that’s why I avoided it for a while. And, to be honest, I still get nervous every time I drill in to the ceiling. Something about mounting something that could come crashing down, I guess. But, alas, that has never happened!

Probably because I’ve taken the proper steps to ensure I’m using the right hardware and approach. If you’re wondering how to hang a planter from the ceiling, I’m going to walk you through the process.

How to Hang a Planter From the Ceiling
How to Hang a Planter From the Ceiling
How to Hang a Planter From the Ceiling

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Step 1: Determine what you’re screwing into

The first step is the most important: Decide where on the ceiling you want to hang your planter. Then figure out whether you’ll be hanging your planter from drywall or from a ceiling joist. You can do this using a stud finder

Once you’ve pinpointed the spot you want to hang your plant, make a small pencil mark and grab your drill and various bits.

How to Hang a Planter From the Ceiling

Step 2: Drill a hole

If you’ll be hanging from a ceiling joist, select a drill bit that is just slightly smaller than the threads on your screw hook. Drill a hole up into the ceiling and into the ceiling joist. The hole should go about as deep as your screw hook’s threads are. 

If you’ll be hanging from drywall, select a drill bit that is about the size of the top of your toggle bolt when it is shut. It needs to be big enough to push the toggle bolt up through. I’m hanging in drywall, so my hole reflects that.

toggle bolt hook installation

Step 3: Install the hook

The installation differs slightly for each method. Using a screw hook to hang from a ceiling joist is more straightforward. Toggle bolt installation requires an additional step, but it isn’t difficult!

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Using a screw hook to hang from a ceiling joist

Since you’ve already drilled a hole, all you need to do is screw your threaded screw hook up into the hole. You might need to put a bit of muscle in to it. That’s because the bit you used is slightly smaller than the hook’s threads. We want the screw hook to have something to grab on to and be super secure.

Here are a few photos of planters hung by screw hooks in my home.

drill and bit
hanging plant from a screw hook in the ceiling
hanging plant from a screw hook in the ceiling

Toggle bolt installation for hanging plants from a ceiling

A toggle bolt is basically a super strong ceiling drywall anchor. They come in different weight ratings, just as screw hooks and drywall anchors do. Make sure you select one that is appropriate for the weight of your planter (when watered, too!). 

The one I’m linking to throughout this text is a popular toggle bolt ceiling hook available in most big box hardware stores or online. There are many options out there, though.

Toggle bolt installation is easy once you do it once. Simply screw the toggle bolt down onto the hook’s screws. The “wings” should be facing down toward the screw, not up toward the ceiling. Pinch the wings down and stick the toggle bolt up through the hole you drilled

There should be enough space between the toggle bolt when it is folded down and the hook to account for the thickness of your drywall. That’s because you want to toggle bold to pop open on the inside of the drywall/ceiling. 

toggle bolt hook installation
toggle bolt hook installation
toggle bolt hook installation
toggle bolt hook installation

Once the toggle bolt pops open on the inside of the ceiling, secure the hook in place by pulling down while screwing the hook up. This sounds wrong, but it’s right! That’s because pulling down on the hook gives you resistance from the open wings, allowing you to screw the hook up completely flush with the ceiling. 

toggle bolt hook installation

Step 4: Hang your planter

Once you’re sure your hook is securely installed, hang your plant. Remember to take into account how heavy your planter will be when you’ve watered it. Not just its weight when it’s dry. 

How to Hang a Planter From the Ceiling
How to Hang a Planter From the Ceiling

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How to Hang a Planter From the Ceiling
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How to hang a planter from the ceiling

How to hang a planter from the ceiling

How to hang a planter from the ceiling, including toggle bolt installation tips for hanging a heavy planter from drywall.

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Instructions

    1. Decide where on the ceiling you want to hang your planter. Then figure out whether you’ll be hanging your planter from drywall or from a ceiling joist. You can do this using a stud finder.
    2. Once you’ve pinpointed the spot you want to hang your plant, make a small pencil mark and grab your drill and various bits.
    3. If you’ll be hanging from a ceiling joist, select a drill bit that is just slightly smaller than the threads on your screw hook. Drill a hole up into the ceiling and into the ceiling joist. The hole should go about as deep as your screw hook’s threads are.
    4. If you’ll be hanging from drywall, select a drill bit that is about the size of the top of your toggle bolt when it is shut. It needs to be big enough to push the toggle bolt up through.
    5. Using a screw hook to hang into a ceiling joist, all you need to do is screw your threaded screw hook up into the hole.
    6. To use a toggle bolt into drywall, simply screw the toggle bolt down onto the hook’s screws. The “wings” should be facing down toward the screw, not up toward the ceiling. Pinch the wings down and stick the toggle bolt up through the hole you drilled.
    7. Once the toggle bolt pops open on the inside of the ceiling, secure the hook in place by pulling down while screwing the hook up. This sounds wrong, but it’s right! That’s because pulling down on the hook gives you resistance from the open wings, allowing you to screw the hook up completely flush with the ceiling.
    8. Once you’re sure your hook is securely installed, hang your plant and you're done!


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