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How To Hang Indoor Plants From Ceiling Without Drilling

Updated June 16, 2022 by admin

You have houseplants, but you’ve decided you want to diversify and hang some of them from the ceiling. You’re not sure how to do it- but you know that you’d prefer not to drill holes in your ceiling if you can avoid it.

So, how do you hang indoor plants from the ceiling without drilling? There are a few ways that you can do this: tension rods in the corner, adhesive hooks, or ropes.

In this article, we’ll explore all three of these- plus the drilling method, if these don’t work for you.

Advantages To Hanging Your Plants From The Ceiling

Before we get into the how for hanging your plants, let’s take a look at why you’d want to do it in the first place. There are a few advantages to hanging your plants. First of all, this is an excellent option if you have a smaller space. You get the foliage you want in your house and you’re not cluttering up the windowsills or floor. In this case, the choice is about practicality in addition to aesthetics.

Plus, when you have the right plants suspended from the ceiling, it creates a curtain effect, visually separating the various areas of your space. For example, you can use them to create a separation between you living room and kitchen. If you can get enough natural light to the plants, you can grow some herbs for cooking.

Methods for Hanging Your Plants from the Ceiling

Now, we will discuss four ways that you can hang your plants from the ceiling. Three of them can be done without the use of a drill. The fourth one uses a drill, just in case the other three are not working for you.

Adhesive Hooks

This method is great if you are not allowed to drill holes in your space or if you just don’t want to. Simply choose where you want to hang your plants and use an alcohol swab to wipe the area down. Allow the spot you wiped to dry and then- after removing the protective paper- stick the hook to that spot. Press for a few seconds- and it should be stuck.

Of course, you must be careful of the weight of the plants you hang with this method as those hooks can’t withstand a lot of weight. Make sure that you are checking the hook regularly to make sure it’s not coming loose. If you have a larger plant, you might want to put three hooks in a triangle and tie them to all three of them. This is a great method if you have macrame plant hangers, as you can split the top into three pieces.

Tension Rods

This method is best used on plants that don’t require a lot of light to survive because they’ll be in the shadows on at least two sides. You will need to choose a corner to mount the tension rods in, following the instructions it comes with. Most tension rods are “twist to tighten”. Once you have placed your tension rods, you can use kitchen hooks to hang your plants.

You can create a small, lush garden in your space by using more than one tension rod or by hanging several plants from one. Of course, the plants need room to breathe, so don’t overcrowd them. If you have lots of plants, consider creating multiple “garden spaces” in your home.

Exposed Beams

This method requires that you have a house with exposed beams where you can hang ropes or thick string. You will need to leave a little space between the beam and rope and then you can use the hook that came with your plant hanger or you can tie the rope through the arms.


Unfortunately, there are times when even the best-laid plans simply don’t work quite as well as you might hope. You may have tried all of these, and they just don’t meet your needs- so now it’s time to drill so you can hang your hooks.

Honestly, this is probably the “go-to” for most people. However, it can make a really big mess if you’re not careful! This is definitely the sturdiest method for hanging your plants from the ceiling. Start by marking where you want to hang your plants. Then, use your drill to make a hole for the hook. Place the hook in the hole and twist to secure. Once you’re sure it’s secure, you can hang your plant.

Additional Tips & Tricks

In this section, we will provide a few additional tips and tricks to help you hang your plants from the ceiling. These can also be used for other things, such as hanging picture frames or shower caddies, so file them away for later use too.

  1. When you are using a drill, you’ll want to make sure to keep the vacuum handy because there will be a lot of dust. Position the vacuum right under where you are drilling to minimize the mess. You may need a helper for this to work, but it’s better than having a mess or breathing that dust into your lungs.
  2. Keep the alcohol swabs handy to remove any grease from the area. If there’s grease, adhesive from hooks (or anything else) won’t stick and, in time, the tension from the plant will cause the hook to come loose and it will fall. Even if you think the area is clean, it’s still a good idea to wipe it down.
  3. Be sure to measure before buying your tension rods. If they’re too short, you will be able to extend them a bit. However, if they are too long, you can’t remedy that at all.

As you can see, there are several things you can do to get your plants up off the ground and most of them don’t require the use of a drill. However, if all else fails, use the drill.


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