ISSUE 21  |  City Mouse

10 Easy Pieces: Hanging Window Boxes with Brackets

May 28, 2014 4:00 PM

BY Erin Boyle

We like power drills as much as anybody, so long as they’re whirring away in someone else’s hand. And we’ll definitely put up with the attendant screw holes, saw dust, and noise pollution if mounting a window box against a wall is our only option.  But let’s say you have a balcony and can hang brackets for a window box over the railing. Such a civilized alternative. Here are our favorite hanging window boxes with brackets:

 Above: British gardening writer Isabelle Palmer sells the same Black Iron Adjustable Balcony Hooks (£24.50 for a set of two) she uses to support the Zinc Window Boxes (£34 apiece) on her London balcony. Both are available at The Balcony Gardener. Photograph by Jonathan Gooch for Gardenista.

Above: Made of zinc, a Balcony Railing Planter fits balcony railings up to a diameter of 7 centimeters; $8.99 at Clas Ohlson.

Above: Suitable for both outdoor and indoor use, a corrugated steel Oscar Rectangular Rail Planter  ($21.95) can be hooked over a balcony with a Oscar Rectangular Metal Rail Frame ($6.95), both at CB2.


Above: A Galvanized Steel Balcony Box is 25.50€; and a matching Galvanized Steel Balcony Box/Planter Holder that has optional screw holes (if you’re feeling power-drill friendly), is 38€ at Manufactum.

Above: The Eternit Balcony Box (30€ for the dark gray; 24.50€ for the light gray) can be customized with Galvanized Steel Balcony Box Brackets with screw holes (15.50€); available at Manufactum.

Above: The finish on a Zinc Oval Planter will weather naturally over time. It is 25 inches long and is $29.95; a matching Zinc Rail Hook is $19.95. Both are available from Crate and Barrel.

Above: A gray-washed plastic Tidore Rectangle Planter is $49.95 and an optional Tidore Rectangular Rail Planter Hook is $16.95 at Crate and Barrel.


Above: A small-space solution at 10 inches in length and designed to hang on Ikea’s matching Grundtal Rail (from $6.99 to $9.99 depending on length), a plastic and stainless steel Grundtal Container ($15.99) will fit over any rail with a dimension of up to 15 millimeters (approximately 1/2 inch). 

Above: A white metal Hanging Balcony Planter from Esschert Design is 15.7 inches long; $26.62 from Amazon.

Above: A three-pack of adjustable metal Deck Railing Brackets designed to fit over wooden railings is $39.99 from Exterior Beauty. The brackets are compatible with several styles of window boxes sold separately; for more information and prices, see Exterior Beauty.

Looking for more options? See 10 Easy Pieces: Metal Window Boxes and 10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Window Boxes for more of our favorites.