Hanging your plants keeps them out of you way while adding color.

How to Hang a Planter in the Corner

by Shala Munroe

Hanging plants help you take advantage of the vertical space in your room or patio area, and they keep your kids' grabby fingers out of the plants you're working hard to grow. Locating the hanging baskets in a corner adds life to the area without taking up too much headroom. Even when placed near a corner window or outside on your patio, the rear side of the corner won't get as much light as the front, so use some shade-loving plants for best results.

Fill your hanging basket with plants. You might choose a single large plant, such as a begonia (Begonia semperflorens), or mix several plants in the same basket. Measure the diameter of the basket, including any leaves that extend outside the basket's edge. Divide the diameter by two; this is the distance from the center of the basket, where it hangs, to the outer edge of the leaves.

Stand on a stepladder. Measure enough distance from both walls of your corner so that the leaves won't touch the walls. This should be half the diameter plus a few inches, just to make sure there's room for air to circulate around the plant and so some light can reach the back of the basket. Mark your chosen location on the ceiling.

Run a studfinder over the ceiling near your mark to find the closest stud. Make your final mark after making sure the stud isn't too close to either wall.

Drill a hole through the drywall and into the stud. The drill bit should be slightly smaller than the size of your threaded hook. For example, if the hook is 3/16 inch in size, the drill bit should be about 1/8 inch.

Twist the threaded hook into the hole you drilled in the ceiling. Continue turning it until it's fully seated in the stud.

Hang your plant basket's hook on the newly installed threaded hook. Examine the corner to ensure the plant has plenty of room and isn't touching either wall.

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Stepladder
  • Studfinder
  • Drill
  • Threaded hook


  • If there's no stud convenient to your preferred hanging location, drill a hole and push a toggle bolt through the drywall in the ceiling. As you tighten the bolt, its anchors open above the ceiling and secure the bolt with a wide footprint.
  • Make sure your threaded bolt or toggle bolt is rated for the correct weight of your plant. If in doubt, weigh the full basket on a bathroom scale and buy a bolt designed to hold slightly more weight -- watering the plant can change the weight temporarily.

About the Author

Based outside Atlanta, Ga., Shala Munroe has been writing and copy editing since 1995. Beginning her career at newspapers such as the "Marietta Daily Journal" and the "Atlanta Business Chronicle," she most recently worked in communications and management for several nonprofit organizations before purchasing a flower shop in 2006. She earned a BA in communications from Jacksonville State University.

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