What Are The Hooks On The Ceiling For? (How to Install)

Last Updated on August 9, 2023 by Web Operator

Many homeowners have found hooks installed in their ceilings. Some of these hooks are centered while others are not; some are even ornately designed. Naturally, this has left many homeowners wondering about the purpose of these ceiling hooks. 

Also known as swag hooks, ceiling hooks were commonly used in the 1970s to hang ornate swag lamps from the ceiling. Since then, homeowners around the world have utilized hooks to hang various ornaments, plants, and fixtures from their ceilings. Homeowners can easily install their own ceiling hooks.

If you want to learn more about the hooks installed on your ceiling, we’ll explain everything you want to know. You might even find some surprising ways you can utilize these ceiling hooks. You might even find that you want to install additional hooks due to their versatile functionality! 

What Are Ceiling Hooks Used For? 

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Many homeowners around the globe have been left scratching their heads about hooks they’ve found installed in their ceiling. Many of these hooks even have a decorative appearance – but what are these hooks used for? You’ll be relieved to find out that these ceiling hooks are commonly known as swag hooks. 

These hooks gained popularity in the 1970s due to widely used swag lamps. For those unfamiliar with these lamps, they’re ergonomic pendant-like lamps that hang from these ceiling hooks. Hooks were used when hanging these swag lamps, which is where the name ‘swag hooks’ derived from. 

Swag lamps were often hung up using a metal chain connected to the light. Hooks provided a simple way to hang these fixtures. In fact, the height of a lamp could even be adjusted due to the nature of this chain and hook method. Some hooks used to hang these lamps may appear to be more ornate than others. 

Over the years, swag hooks have remained a popular method of hanging ornaments and fixtures from the ceiling. If you notice hooks on your home’s ceiling, they’re likely swag hooks that were once used to hang a fixture or ornament from. If you already have a swag hook installed in a room, you might as well use it! Read on as we outline some possible uses for this nifty hook! 

4 Ways You Can Use Ceiling Hooks In Your Home 

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Ceiling hooks remain an ingenious way to fasten various ornaments and fixtures to your ceiling. If you’ve found one of these hooks in your home, there are many creative ways you can use it. One of these ideas may just inspire you! 

1. Hanging Ornaments/Fixtures 

As we explained in the first section, ceiling hooks gained popularity in the 1970s due to the widespread use of swag lamps. Of course, these ornamental pendant-shaped lamps were hung from ceiling hooks via chains. This same technique can be used to hang a wide variety of light fixtures and decorative ornaments. 

If you’ve found one of these hooks in your home, you might have the perfect ornament for it. However, now that you know about the possibilities, you can keep your eyes peeled for any ornaments suited to hanging from these hooks. Our following suggestion is closely linked to this! 

2. Hanging Plants 

There are numerous plant holders available that can be hung from these hooks on your ceiling. Hanging plans can greatly contribute to the atmosphere of a room. From bathrooms to kitchens, there are many great areas of the house where hanging plants can be used.  

3. Organizing Wires/Cables 

One of the more unexpected and underrated uses for ceiling hooks is organizing cables and wiring. Depending on where these hooks are installed, you can easily get wires and cables organized and keep them bunched together using the hooks. For maximum effectiveness, you may decide to install your own ceiling hooks in this regard. You can even experiment with different hook sizes for this! 

4. Hanging Storage 

Ceiling hooks can easily be used to create hanging storage. In fact, this can take on many different forms depending on where the hooks are located. For instance, ceiling hooks in the kitchen can be used for hanging bulky pots and pans that take up precious cupboard space. 

In a bedroom, ceiling hooks can be used to hang coats and jewelry. However, you can even turn a piece of wood into a floating nightstand by connecting it to the floating took. You could even hang a shoe rack from a floating hook. With all these uses, you may want to install even more ceiling hooks – and you can! 

How To Install Ceiling Hooks 

When installing a ceiling hook, you need to carefully consider the hook’s placement. After all, if you’re hanging a plant, you want to ensure that water does not drip on any electrical appliances. You’ll also want to ensure that – should the hung-up object fall – nothing below it will be damaged. 

You’ll find many different ceiling hooks available on the market today. These will come with the necessary hardware and support materials. To install these hooks, you’ll need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, as this may vary between different hooks. 

Generally, this process will entail drilling a hole into your ceiling. This means you’ll require a drill and the necessary drill bit to create these holes. However, many companies now also specialize in swag hooks that don’t require power tools to install! Regardless of which ceiling hooks you decide to use, you’ll have countless creative ways to use them! 


Ceiling hooks, also known as swag hooks, were widely used in the 1970s to hang ornate swag lamps from the ceiling. Over the years, homeowners around the world have used hooks to hang ornaments, plants, and fixtures from their ceilings. The possibilities are endless! 

In fact, there are many surprising uses for these hooks. From hanging plants to creating a floating nightstand, the different ways these hooks can be used are almost endless. It is also possible for you to install your own swag hooks.

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Barry Gray

Hi, I’m Barry. I’ve loved woodworking and bringing things back to life for more years than I care to remember. I hope my passion for tools comes across loud and clear in everything you read here on The Tool Square.