Everyone has that wall or fence in their garden or outside their house that simply put, is just blah. It’s not like there’s anything necessarily wrong with this wall or fence, but is there anything that’s really right? How does a homeowner or gardener solve the problem of an empty canvas? You might look to illustrate this canvas with a useful and artistic Wall Trellis! Wall Trellises come in a variety of shapes and sizes, that can highlight the personality of the homeowner and make your wall pop. If you are not quite an expert on wall trellises, or just want to ask why, here’s a great post to answer your question.
Why you need an iron wall trellis
OK, here’s a quick recap for why you should get a metal wall trellis. A wall trellis can spruce up your wall, making an overlooked space into a highlight. It’s great for small spaces that don’t allow for a full size trellis planted in the ground. And, if that wasn’t enough, you can experiment with different vertical crawling plants that might not thrive in a regular garden bed.
So, now you’re sitting here at your screen thinking, “I’m pretty excited about wall trellises, and that’s great, but how do I anchor this trellis to my wall???” And these articles will seek to do just that.
Most popular locations to hang a metal garden trellis
Let’s briefly talk about the different types of walls that you may be anchoring a wall trellis into, these likely being; wooden studs, brick, or stucco. Different types of wall construction will be more common depending most likely on the age and location of your home. Wooden walls will certainly be the simplest in which to anchor your trellis, while brick and stucco will present a more challenging, yet doable project. So let’s begin by looking at the most efficient way to mount a wall trellis into a wooden wall.
Recommended tools you will need to hang your plant trellis:
Drill and Drill Bit
Wrench or Socket
(You may need screw anchors if you fix the trellis to the siding without fixing to a stud)
Step to follow when hanging your wall art
First of all, you are going to need to assess where you would like the trellis to hang on your wall. In most wooden (or even aluminum structures) the wall will contain studs running vertically, while siding of all different kinds of material will often run horizontally on the outside of the wall. It is paramount that while mounting something as heavy as a metal wall trellis, you should have at least one point of contact within a stud, which is the strongest section of the wall. Plan and map where your studs are located and where you will want to hang your trellis using your stud finder tool. You will likely find it beneficial to know where your studs are in location to where you want the trellis to hang.
H Potter provides wall brackets that can be used for the majority of wall trellises. These brackets include an L-shaped shelf on which to set the trellis and standard lag bolts to fix the trellis to the wall. Find the right location for your brackets, we suggest that you place two at the bottom of the trellis, where the flat surface will rest well on the brackets (this is the perfect place to anchor your brackets into wall studs). Find other flat surfaces on the trellis that can rest on the brackets to ensure that installation goes as smoothly as possible. Mark where you will have to drill pilot holes for your lag bolts. Remember that anchoring in a wooden or aluminum stud will provide the most stability and moving the trellis slightly to find the strongest anchor point will pay dividends year in and year out.
The provided lag bolts are a relatively standard length; however, depending on the thickness of your siding or even extreme winds and weather that may put extra strain on the trellis, you may choose to purchase longer bolts to make up for the difference. Now that you have a general plan on where you will place your trellis, the location of your wall studs, and the appropriate hardware for your specific wall, installation should go quickly.
- Take your drill, and using the proper size drill bit, drill your pilot holes into the siding of the wall. Make sure that your measured points to drill are level.
- If you have not drilled into a stud you will need to screw in a wall anchor so that the lag bolt will have something to support it in the wall (anchors are not provided with brackets).
- Take the brackets and attach them to the wall with the lag bolts through the pilot holes.
- Tighten lag bolts, using a wrench or socket set so that the brackets will not move.
- With the assistance of another adult, place the trellis on the brackets, making sure that everything is in the right place.
- Make sure that the trellis is level and properly secured.
- Enjoy the beautiful new piece of art adorning your wall
- Happy gardening!