macrame hanging planters in living room

Hanging House Plants ~ an Ikea Hack #UKHomeBlogHop

May 31, 2017Susan

{Part of the UKHomeBlogHop organised by Kimberly from Swoonworthy}

If you’ve arrived from Lazy Daisy Jones HELLO and welcome!

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.

Please find all the blogs joining in the hop below. The posts go live at 11am each day.


Swoon Worthy (start here she’s the genius behind the blog hop)

Apartment No. 4

The Ordinary Lovely

French for Pineapple

Dear Designer

Seasons in Colour


Melanie Lissack Interiors

Candy Pop

Sarah Akwisombe

Design Soda

Around The Houses

Lazy Daisy Jones


Old Fashioned Susie

Mademoiselle Poirot

Lisa Dawson Styling

Lust Living

The Pink House


Fabric of My Life

Making Spaces

Ana Mum Diary

A Beautiful Space

We Love Home


Renovation Bay-Bee

Fresh Design Blog

Don’t Cramp My Style

Well I Guess This is Growing Up

Tidy Life

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Comments (39)

  • Lazy Daisy Jones

    May 31, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Sue Hello!

    Oh my goodness this is such a brilliant brilliant idea!

    Ihave been sitting by my computer waiting for todays tour to start,
    I am going to be copying this idea and I am sure I won’t be the only one?
    Have a lovely day
    lots of love Ash xx

    1. Susie

      May 31, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Hehe! Thanks Ash love!! Its such a simple idea but so effective!

  • Kimberly Duran

    May 31, 2017 at 11:12 am

    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!


    1. Susie

      May 31, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      You are most welcome- it is an honour to join!

  • Kate

    May 31, 2017 at 11:23 am

    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

    1. Susie

      May 31, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Ah thanks Kate!! Always good to have ideas for future reference though right!

  • Candy Pop

    May 31, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Oh my goodness, they look lovely. What a beautiful and calming space. x

    1. Susie

      May 31, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Aw thanks Natasha!! They are my plant gang!

      1. Candy Pop

        June 1, 2017 at 8:07 pm

        So cute! x

  • Juan Sandiego

    May 31, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    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 🙂

    1. Susie

      May 31, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Wow!! Thanks so much! What a compliment!

  • Karen – Making Spaces

    May 31, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    What an awesome idea! I love it. A room divide that you can faff with forever. I can see you having a lot of fun with this. Great post misses!x

    1. Susie

      May 31, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Yes so true!! Faffing forever!

  • Kirsty

    May 31, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I love your use of house plants and can’t wait to read the other blogs!!!!!!!

    1. Susie

      May 31, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Kirsty!

  • Carole King

    May 31, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Genius idea. They look amazing. I’m wishing I had the perfect spot for hanging plants now. x

    1. Susie

      May 31, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Aw thanks so much lovely!

  • Ruthie

    May 31, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    What a fabulous idea, I love it! Such a clever way of adding division between spaces! Xx

    1. Susie

      May 31, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Aw I’m so pleased you like it!!

  • Carole

    May 31, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    All those plants look gorgeous and I just love the macramé collection combined with that chair! 70s heaven (as in – the good parts of it, haha!) in the best possible way.

    1. Susie

      May 31, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Hehe! Yes agreed! Thanks Carole!

  • Chyaz

    May 31, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    What an awesome idea! I love the mixture of plant pots and the chilled out vibe they give the room 🙂

    1. Susie

      May 31, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      I’m glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by

  • Kaelyn

    May 31, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Looking so nice! Great idea of having a hanging garden!

    1. Susie

      May 31, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Stephanie

    May 31, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    What a great idea, love that it divides the room, but still open and interesting. I need more house plants!

  • Tori

    June 1, 2017 at 8:44 am

    What a fantastic idea!! I love the plants being used as a natural room divider

  • Fiona

    June 1, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Fab idea. It’s a really clever and stylish way to screen a room. Well done!

  • MissPond

    June 1, 2017 at 9:30 am

    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 🙂

  • vicki

    June 1, 2017 at 9:30 am

    What a Brilliant and simple IKEA Hack. Completely transforms and a growing, living room divider. Looks fantastic!

  • Fiona Duffy

    June 1, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Wow Susie! Stunning! And looks perfect above your dreamy emerald sofa!

  • Amanda

    June 1, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Its genius! Love it, and the whole look goes so well with your sofa. Brilliant!

  • Becky

    June 2, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Lovely lovely lovely!

  • Lucy

    June 2, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I think the plants look amazing! Love how you’ve styled them. X

  • Karen

    June 2, 2017 at 8:35 pm

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

    1. Susie

      June 7, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Yeah that I love the crackled effect of the glaze on the lilac one. Thanks!

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    June 3, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    This is so, so clever. It looks fantastic and probably the only Ikea hack that I’ve not come across before.

    1. Susie

      June 7, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Ah thanks Rach!

  • Claire

    June 5, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Great idea the way you have hung them from the ceiling. Also, I love the fact that you used all different pots. It looks fantastic.

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