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How To Hang Plants From Ceiling Without Drilling – 12 Easy Methods!

Hanging plants indoors is a great way to enjoy plants inside your house. Normally when suspended from the ceiling, they are out of the way and easy to manage. Drilling is the easiest way to hang plants from your ceiling; however, if you cannot drill into your ceilings, there are many other ways to hang your plants.

From adhesive strips to tension rods, there are many ways to hang your plants from the ceiling. Each method can hold different weights and work for different style houses. You will never have to drill into your ceilings again with any of these ways! 

In the article below, we will discuss how you can hang your plants from the ceiling WITHOUT drilling into it! Keep on reading.

How To Hang Plants From the Ceiling Without Drilling

There are many ways to hang plants from the ceiling besides drilling into it. There are some common ways and some that are totally unique! Let’s dig in.

Tension Rods

Tension rods can come in all different lengths and work best for going between a doorway or window. When shopping for tension rods, you can purchase ones that hold anywhere between 10 and 45 pounds! So if you want to hang something a bit heavier, tension rods may be the thing for you.

Purchase a tension rod that is slightly larger than the space you are putting up because the rod will be held by tension. Therefore, it needs to be larger than the space. Mount it according to the provided instructions, then hang your plants on the rod.

Adhesive Strips/Hooks

Adhesive strips are easy to install, inexpensive, and can be purchased almost anywhere. Larger strips can hold around 16 pounds, while the short strips will only hold about 4-5 pounds.

So, these strips will not support large objects. I also find that adhesive strips will lose their stickiness in a humid room. The nice thing about adhesive strips is that you can place them anywhere, giving you great flexibility when hanging your plants!

S Hooks

S hooks are exactly what they sound like. They are usually metal hooks shaped in the letter S. S hooks vary in size but are typically no larger than palm size. S hooks work well with existing rods hung in your home. 

S hooks are inexpensive and usually hold around 15 pounds, but industrial S hooks can hold up to 120 pounds! 

Drying Rack

A large drying rack is a great way to hang plants. Tall ones, in a sort of triangle shape, will be out of the way. Drying racks can hold a lot of weight and can be put on a tarp or a rug if you are worried about keeping floors clean. While they are more expensive than everything else we have mentioned, they can hold a lot of plants.

Drying racks can come in many colors, materials, and shapes. They are fun to work with and make a space aesthetically pleasing.


Ladders have the same idea as drying racks, but they are smaller than drying racks and may work for smaller spaces. Measure your wall and obtain a ladder slightly shorter than your ceiling, lean it against your wall and hang your plants from the ladder steps! Ladders can come in all different materials as well, and the wooden ladders with hanging plants can also give rooms a nice look.

Mounting Putty (Sticky Tack)

Mounting putty comes in extremely sticky rectangle strips. You can place the mounting putty on the ceiling and some on a hook or whatever you will use to hang your plant. Mounting putty is another cheap option and can hold weights from 2-30 pounds.

A bonus about mounting putty is that it is waterproof. I find that in humid, moist conditions, it will last longer than tape or adhesive strips!

Double-Sided Tape

Double-sided tape is the same sort of idea as mounting putty. Tape one side of the tape to the ceiling, then tape the other side to the hook or whatever is holding the plant. Double-sided tape is inexpensive; however, most of the double-sided tape found in stores will only hold up to 5 pounds. Industrial double-sided tape can hold up to 30 pounds!

Suction Hooks

You can find suction hooks at any hardware store or art supply store. They are hooks with suction on one side that will stick to many objects. Suction hooks don’t normally suction well to wood or concrete but will suction better on things like glass, plastic, or tile. Suction hooks are better for lighter things as they only hold weights of about 5 pounds.

Stick On Door Hooks

Stick-on door hooks come in plastic or metal and are fairly inexpensive and easy to find. You can buy ones with 1 or 2 hooks and hang plants up nicely in areas out of the way. Door hooks only hold about 5 pounds and, like the adhesive strips, may lose their stick in moist places.

Magnetic Hooks

Magnetic hooks work best if you have exposed metal somewhere where they will stick. Maybe you have exposed metal beams in your house, curtain rods, or door frames with metal. Metal hooks are an excellent way to hang plants as they are trustworthy and will last forever.

They are pricier than the other hooks mentioned, but not by too much; if you mount the metal hooks, they are better than adhesive hooks. Magnetic hooks can hold up to 100 pounds! So if you have heavy plants, these are the way to go.


The idea with rope is that you have two ends to which you can attach it and string it across something like a doorway or a wall or window. A good quality rope will hold a lot of weight if tied down correctly, and you can easily adjust the length to fit fewer or more plants. You can also make rope look nice in a room with the plants hanging across.


Get outside into nature and utilize a long branch you find! You would need something to hold the branch, like a U hook or a curtain rod attachment, but the branch itself is the cheapest option as it is technically free.

Branches with macrame planter baskets are a terrific aesthetic for a room and a beautiful way to display and hold your plants.

Final Thoughts

Whatever the reason you can not drill into your ceiling to hang plants, don’t worry because there are loads of other ways to mount your plants. From tension rods to hooks to ladders or drying racks, you can get creative and give your indoor plants a whole new flare.

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