How To Build Greenhouse Shelving

How To Build Greenhouse Shelving

Once you have your dream greenhouse onsite, it is time to add some shelving. 

Greenhouse shelves are something you set up on top of the built-in structure or affix to the inside of the walls. Shelving and potting benches are essential for getting the most out of your greenhouse space.

Proper shelving provides additional growing space by offering a convenient storage area for seeds, equipment, and planters.

Shelving and benches are incorporated to provide the gardener options for gardening, storing items, and generating plant spaces. Plants, flowers, and vegetables may be grown on shelves and benches, while tools and pots can be kept underneath the benches.


Greenhouse Shelving Materials

Take the shelving's purpose into account while selecting shelves for your greenhouse.

In general, plant shelves must not be constructed of pure solid materials since they need to encourage water to drain. Side shelves should be sturdy, primarily if they are also used as workbenches for potters. This element enables the shelves to contain loose soil and provides safety for anything kept below them.

Imagine installing shelves as a permanent fixture. They need to work well with the house's framework components in such instances. If a greenhouse is built of plastic, in general, plastic shelves will be the simplest to install.

Metal shelves will be a better alternative when using a metal house structure. Metal is commonly used to construct shelves since it is a resilient, widely used material that is also lightweight.

Generally speaking, metal-to-metal attachment is more manageable than metal-to-plastic attachment.

But suppose you are seeking components that will highlight the originality and freshness of your greenhouse. In that case, high-profile materials are advised, like those made of wood, plastic, and wire.

If you have concerns about the sturdiness of the shelves, experts suggest that you go with metal since it has already been proven to resist oxidation. Even in humid conditions, you can never go wrong with metal.


Basic Customized Shelf


Building A Basic Customized Shelf

  1. Cut the parts as follows:
    • 3 long sections - 2 for the sides and 1 for the center support.
    • 4 short sections - 2 for the sides and 2 for the leg support.
    • 4 legs.

Your greenhouse's size will determine how long the shelf will be. And the height of your desired bench will determine the length of the legs. A typical height is anywhere between 30 to 36 inches. Standard leg supports and short sides measure 2 1/2 to 3 feet long.

  1. Use the galvanized screws to assemble the base. To create a rectangle, connect the corners of the two long side pieces and the short pieces. A table can then be made by screwing a leg piece into each rectangle corner. Screw the remaining short pieces over each pair of legs to strengthen and stabilize the shelf's base.
  2. Place the base on top of the shelves. When using two narrower pieces of shelving, ensure it meets at the center support if you cannot find a specific piece of shelving wide enough to cover the entire base.


Tips For Building Your Shelves

1. Find an area where the shelves will be installed.

Install metal shelf pieces in locations where your plants can receive enough sunlight.

2. Put the shelves in place.

Install your shelves to the greenhouse frames. Increase your workstation by mounting multiple shelves side by side.

3. Add at least one potting bench or shelf.

Enjoy an organized environment for potting, prepping your seed flats, and transplanting by carrying out this activity in the designated potting area.

For single and double-shelf designs, a variety of benches are available in the market. Specialized greenhouse staging is also available for plunge-producing beds, which need to be strong to support the weight of hotbeds. Even benches with open mesh surfaces that can be folded back to give your seasonal plants more room to grow are available.

4. Use staging shelves or benches.

You may arrange the shelves in any way you choose. These accessories were created to give your plants and flowers the space they require to thrive while ensuring a sleek environment. You will have a stable, long-lasting storage solution with one of these in your greenhouse. 

Selecting a compact shelf or bench that is effortless to clean and maintain is highly suggested for the other items. Perforated shelves are also ideal to enhance the quality of airflow and drainage.

5. Organize your shelves with some seed trays.

You might have too many trays to fit on the bench when starting seedlings in early spring. With seed tray racks, you can vertically stack, develop and improve new seed trays for every vital greenhouse surface. You may either build them yourself or purchase a range of kits with varying quantities of shelves.


Things To Consider In Purchasing Shelves

  • Wheeled Shelves- For more versatility, look for freestanding shelves with wheels. As plants and space requirements vary, wheels facilitate effortless rearrangement.
  • Dedicated Potting Shelf- Every greenhouse needs at least one potting shelf. Easy cleanup will result from one with smooth surfaces.
  • Resilience- Make sure everything you select is both durable and compact. Well-made shelves are long-lasting since you will frequently depend on them to hold a lot.
  • Drainage- Choose shelves with holes for efficient air circulation and drainage. Plants should not be kept in sitting water, which can help spread diseases or pests.
  • Adjustable Shelves- Select shelving that can be raised or lowered depending on your settings. As a result, storage will be convenient and flexible as well.


Sustainable Shelving

Consider using recycled materials, such as wooden pallets to build shelves in your greenhouse.

A different course of action is to hunt for used shelving that you can employ in your greenhouse. Save your money and the environment by thrifting your shelves.

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