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How to Hang Plants From The Ceiling, Rental Edition


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Dec 13, 2023
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Adding greenery to your living space transforms it into a lively oasis, but it's not that simple for renters. The looming return of one's security deposit creates, what feels like, a roadblock for any greenery-hanging projects. But do you know how to hang plants from the ceiling in a rental-friendly way?

Fear not, for there are creative and damage-free ways to bring nature indoors that ensure the return of one's deposit. In this guide, we'll explore various methods for hanging plants from the ceiling that won't upset your landlord or compromise the integrity of your rental property.

How to hang plants from the ceiling​

Breathe new life into your rental, the renter-friendly way, with these solutions. It's important to note that most of these hacks aren't the best for extremely heavy plants. Safety, especially when hanging plants from the ceiling, is of the utmost importance so limit these damage-free solutions to small and medium plants. These solutions will allow you to add color to your space and reap the benefits of indoor plants.

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Try magnetic plant hooks​

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Magnetic hooks are a unique hack that can fit any planter. What makes these hooks magical in the world of damage-free hanging is the super strong metal, neodymium. This metal can hold up to 100 pounds, and while we recommend keeping plants on the lighter side, it offers great peace of mind around the strength of these hooks.

Simply attach the hook to any piece of metal and voila! You have a beautiful hanging plant. Ceiling metals that work best for these hooks include a fan, whether that be the plates, bolts or braces, and embedded drywall screws. These behind-the-wall screws can be located by gliding the metal magnet across the ceiling, carefully identifying the spots where connection occurs.

Tip: If you connect your hook to a drywall screw, make sure the plant is less heavy as these screws are smaller meaning less strength for the hook to hold.

Utilize tension rods​

Metal tension rods are a fantastic way to hang indoor plants in an organized fashion while remaining damage-free. Tension rods connect from wall to wall, so select your placement carefully, choosing walls that are close enough. Ensure a fully damage-free experience by utilizing rubber tips to protect the wall paint from potentially rubbing off due to the tension pressure. With this hanging solution, you can hang about 10-30 pounds. Once again, we urge you to select plants on the lower side of this weight capacity just to ensure your plants and rooms stay protected from a potential fall.

Once your rods are in place, you can either leave them as they are or disguise them to add more aesthetic appeal. Wrapping the rod in faux vining, ribbon or other fabric are just a few options to blend the rod in with the rest of your decor. Hang your plants accordingly whether that be in a hanging basket or hanging planters.

Stick some adhesive hooks​

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Hang plants with easy use of adhesive! Adhesive products like command strips really are a renter's best friend because they provide a hassle-free experience for hanging anything, including plants. With command strips and other adhesive products, renters can enjoy the flexibility of changing their plant display without worrying about leaving unsightly marks or holes in walls or ceilings.

Depending on the hooks purchased, check the instructions for any weight limitations and then select plants accordingly.

Use suction cup hooks​

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Ideal for lightweight plants and small hanging arrangements, suction cup hooks provide a versatile and non-invasive solution. These hooks only adhere to smooth surfaces like glass or tile using suction, so this solution is really ideal for any skylights or floor-to-ceiling windows. While they may not support heavy loads, suction cup hooks are perfect for displaying air plants or small succulents.

Employ a C-clamp​

For a more industrial and modern look, consider using C clamps to suspend your plants close to the ceiling. Attach the C-clamp to a ceiling beam edge of a wall or any sturdy structure, and tighten, keeping a close eye to make the sure wall isn't punctured. You can then hang your plants from the extended arm. Consider choosing slightly smaller indoor plants for this hack, as the C-clamp's inability to achieve an extremely tight grip means it may not support heavier plants.

Dust off a coat rack​

A creative solution for combining style and functionality is hanging planters from a coat rack. While this solution is not directly hanging off the ceiling, tall coat racks fit in perfectly, especially in a room corner and extend to a decent height, offering a creative way to hang greenery. This is the one solution where even accidental damage, has no opportunity to occur.

Get creative with a trellis​

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You may know a trellis as a structure that works well for outdoor gardens. A trellis can easily be utilized for indoor gardens as well, and better yet, for hanging plants from a ceiling. Simply find a small trellis or grate, applying velcro strips to all four corners. Then place and apply pressure to your desired ceiling placement to ensure proper adherence. You can then utilize this grate to hang the greenery of your choice, all without creating any damage. This offers a more industrial look, perfect for those seeking a modern aesthetic.

Choose where to hang plants​

While hanging plants inside can add a colorful element to your rooms, it's important to place them where they won't interfere with the purpose of those rooms. For instance, you don't want to place trailing plants over seating or tables where food and drinks may sit.

You also don't want the trailing stems in the way of any pathways. Corners, beside windows and along walls are great choices. You can group hanging plants together to make a statement, or you can choose a larger, dramatic hanging houseplant that can shine on its own.

Remember, though, where to hang plants inside depends on the light needs of the plants. Some plants crave bright light, while other plants want moderate light, low light or even indirect light. You want to make sure each plant gets the right amount of natural light so it stays healthy and grows.

Be mindful of placing hanging houseplants near air vents, which could dry out plants, meaning you may need to water them more often. Like too much sun exposure, air vents could lead to wilting and unwanted color changes on hanging plants. Some plants also crave extra humidity, and air vents interfere with that desire.

Revitalize and transform your space with hanging plants​

Navigating the world of damage-free design solutions is tricky, but with these hanging solutions, you'll be able to express your green thumb with ease. The benefits of indoor plants are so vast that it's a multi-beneficial experience to introduce greenery into your rental, whether large or small. Embrace the simplicity of these hanging methods, and watch as your living space transforms into a perfect blend of nature and style.

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