# How would I build a Packing Peanuts Dispenser (ceiling mounted) for my home office (7' Ceiling)?

I have looked all over the internet for a few days trying to find some DIY plans for building this and I haven't come across even one building plan for it. I know this is something a large number of people would love to find.

I have a home business and I pack a ton of things at home for shipping. Commercial Packing Peanut (Loose Fill) Dispensers (Ceiling Mounted) are entirely too expensive for our small budget and I want to build my own.

I have 7' ceilings and my packing station (table) is approx.  28.5" high. I would like the bottom of the dispenser opening (valve) to be approx. 20"-24" above the table so that I have some room to put boxes underneath it.

I would like the holding area (bag) to be able to hold between 10-15 cubic feet of packing peanuts so I don't mind if it takes up a lot of ceiling space. It wouldn't have to hang very far down from the ceiling as I can reach up that high to unhook/release it to refill it when I need to. The closer I could mount the top to the ceiling the better.

I could either mount the dispenser to the ceiling from each corner of the bag or centrally mounted with a chain coming off each corner and meeting in the middle. It wouldn't matter to me either way.

Here's a link to what I'm looking to build.
http://a763.g.akamai.net/7/763/1644/4/app.infopia.com/img/image/fp/VPID/7237005/img4/img.jpg

Of course, it needs to be not as deep as I have limited vertical space to work with.

Anyone with any ideas with be greatly appreciated!

7 years ago
so you have a 7 foot ceiling, and need to use up 4.5 of those feet for table and height, and another few inches for the valve... by my math that leaves about 2-3ish feet of storage.

15 cubic feet divided by the available space of 2 feet means you need about 7.5 square feet of cross-sectional hopper...works out to about 3x3 foot when you account for the pyramid shape..

So...make 4 equallateral triangles of canvas fabric 3 feet on the unique side (base of the pyramid), and about 3-4 feet on the longer sides. Make a 3x3 square to cover the top...sew the thing into a pyramid, and add a zipper on the top. You won't be using the really pointed part at the top, so chop that off and make a loop (like on a hoodie hood edge) to pull the hole tight around a plastic tube.

hold it up to the ceiling with 4 eye hooks and rope/twine so you can raise/lower it from one place. Fashion some sort of pinch valve to control flow.

hang and gloat at your minions.
7 years ago