See how you can make this industrial pipe plant hanger to increase your plant space while adding an interesting decor element to the room.
Last week I showed you how to make fishnet hanging planters. I was finding that I had several plants that would probably grow better if they were hanging but I only had a couple of hooks in one of the best rooms in my home.
I decided it was time for a hanging pole. Originally I thought I'd just buy a curtain rod. However, my husband mentioned that it may not be sturdy enough depending on the weight and number of plants.
So we put together this really interesting looking plant hanger made out of iron plumbing pipe and fixtures, that should be sturdy enough for many plants.
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Creating the Pipe Plant Hanger
- Iron pipe in 1/2 inch width the length of your space ( you may need extra smaller lengths and coupling connector like I did, if the area is larger than standard pipe lengths)
- 2 - 1/2 iron elbows
- 2 - 1/2 inch iron flanges
- 8 - wood screws approx. 1/1/4 - 1 1/2 inch in length
- 2 - 3-inch pipe nipples
- Heavy duty S hooks (optional)
Putting the Industrial Rod Together
The image above shows a view of one of the ends. The standard pipe was 6 ft long but I wanted it to be closer to 8 feet. So we bought 2 more pieces of pipe that were 8 inches long. They were then connected with a coupling connector on the left.
On each end the pipe screws into an elbow. Then a nipple connector is then screwed into a flange.
Since the pipe hanger was going to be suspended from the ceiling we needed to drop it down a bit. That's what the nipple connector is used for.
After the industrial pipe plant hanger was assembled I held it into place while my husband screwed it into the ceiling.
Note: This bay window ceiling is made of plywood. So we only needed to use wood screws and attached it directly to the ceiling. If you are working with drywall you will need to find studs to screw into, or use some type of special anchors.
It turned out great and I'm loving the way it looks. I bought a pack of heavy duty S hooks that work and look great for hanging plants anywhere along the pipe.
Right now I have several plants outside enjoying the summer weather. Come fall I'll bring them back inside and they'll fit right in.
In the meantime, with all this extra room I think that it's time to go shopping for more plants.