macrame hanging planters in living room

Hanging House Plants ~ an Ikea Hack #UKHomeBlogHop

{Part of the UKHomeBlogHop organised by Kimberly from Swoonworthy}

Today I’m taking part in a blog hop showcasing my Summer style! I’m bringing you a slightly 70s, bohemian feel, indoor plant room.

This blog hop is basically 27 brilliant interior blogs all sharing their “Summer Style” over one week! So much inspiration, the idea being you hop from one blog to the next. We are all using the hashtag #UKHomebloghop so you can search on social for that too more more summer shots. I hope you enjoy!

If this is your first time here then hiya! Here you’ll find interiors and lifestyle posts from me, Susie based in Manchester. We are renovating our Edwardian home whilst trying to preserve its features. I’m down to earth and love a bargain- find out more about me here if you fancy.

macrame hanging planters in living room

Here in Manchester Summer doesn’t always mean sunshine. I wanted to create an oasis of greenery indoors, that I can enjoy at anytime of year. Creating a garden room in the back space of my living room seemed like the perfect spot to enjoy my fairly new found love of plants.

The back part of our living room has been previously extended and when we added our dream corner sofa earlier this year, it created a natural division in the room. I wanted to enhance this divide by installing something that would still allow the light to come in.

how to hang plants from the ceiling

This room is South facing so we get a lot of light all through the day. Perfect for some sun loving houseplants.

Now this is where my stroke of genius comes in, aided by Mr DIY; aka my husband.

We’ve used the Ikea Fintorp rail in a few places in our home- its fair to say we love its marriage of practical and pretty.

What about attaching it to the ceiling?

ikea hack with fintorp rail hanging plants
70s boho hanging plants

The thing is, it’s not the actual ceiling, its a girder supporting the extension. So the Mister had to reinforce it with a piece of pine timber. We joined two Fintorp rails together. He drilled the holes first then used wall plugs for extra support, then put the timber up using No More Nails and screwed into place. A bit of decorators caulk around the edges to neaten it off then attached the rail into place.

Once it was all set and dried we tested it with one plant, then two. Then quickly realised it wasn’t going anywhere!

So, I’m fully aware this ain’t rocket science. But I’ve not seen it done before in this particular way. We literally just turned the rail up and hung it from the ceiling rather than the wall.

It is now super strong and not going to budge. It is basically a room divider of hanging plants.

houseplant room divider hanging from ceiling

I’ve now got the best excuse now to buy more plants, and beautiful bohemian hanging planters to showcase them. Winning!

Scroll down and I’ll share where all these hanging planters are from.

A plant room, a room full of Greenery is something I’ve admired in grander homes in films, or National Trust visits. I think this really works here on a smaller scale.

I keep adding to the plant situation and these pictured on the floor aren’t always in this spot. I do have to give it up for the girls to play (lots of jungle themed games!) occasionally.

boston fern boho living room with plants

As you can see I go for a mixed palette when choosing planters, I think it adds to the bohemian vibe rather than having them all matching. The addition of a metallic with this vintage inspired gold and black planter seen on the floor here adds a little sparkle. It is currently housing my Boston Fern, but I think a more sculptural plant might work better in this stunning planter.

bohemian hanging planters for house plants garden room greenery

Here’s where each planter is from (I’ve included links where available) and what the plant is inside;

  1. Planter- Homesense, Plant- Oxalis triangularis/Purple Shamrock via Plant Shop Manchester in Cheadle
  2. Planter- Round hanging basket-Wayfair, Plant- an Ivy from Ikea
  3. Planter- Homesense, Macrame plant pot holder- Pretty Little Knots, Plant- a false one (!!) from Ikea
  4. Planter- B&Q (an old one), Beaded hanging plant hanger- Wayfair, Plant-Himalaya Peperomia from Ikea
  5. Planter- Miami Grey via B&Q, Macrame plant hanger- Pretty Little Knots, Plant- Spider from Plant Shop MCR
  6. (just seen) Planter- vintage via my mum, Plant- Sansevieria cylindrica/African Spear via Ikea
  7. Planter- Ikea, Plant- a Cordyline I think!? Not sure where from
  8. Planter- Oscar Raised Planter via Sweetpea & Willow, Plant- Boston Fern from Plant Shop Manchester
  9. Planter- White from B&Q, Plant- Schefflera/Umbrella Tree via Lidl

Next in the blog hop is the brilliant Mademoiselle Poirot– enjoy!

Huge thanks to Wayfair and Sweetpea and Willow who have supplied me with the products included from their respective online shops.

36 thoughts on “Hanging House Plants ~ an Ikea Hack #UKHomeBlogHop”

  1. This is SUCH a clever idea! It’s like a twist on both a living wall and a plant screen! Love it and I love how much life it adds to that spot 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the hop my dear!



  2. It looks wonderful Sus! I so want to have hanging plants in my home but alas, renting means I can’t affix a rail to the ceiling like you’ve done (genius by the way!) Oh well, will just have to admire the beauty of yours xx


  3. So much macramé goodness. You’re right, I’ve never seen this hack before! I like how the hanging pots describe a perfect sinusoidal wave: bohemian trigonometry styling 🙂


  4. What a beautiful idea! We’re still renting at the moment, but this would be something I’d love to do when we own. I’ll check out the other blogs on the blog hop 🙂


  5. Such a brilliant idea – and effective! Makes a real statement. Completely love it against that beautiful couch and the lilac planter is my fave 🙂


  6. it looks great, and we like to use this idea to hang plants in front of our window. what did you use to put the rails through?


    1. Hi Mick, these are actually kitchen rails meant for the wall from Ikea, so they come with their own brackets and hooks already attached. I hope that’s what you meant? I believe the Fintorp rail is discontinued now.


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