Project Overview

You can freshen up a home and add life to any space with indoor plants. These indoor garden shelves are a great way to display them and are so easy to make. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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How to measure with a carpenters pencil

If you need to make accurate measurements and don’t have much room, mark out 10mm increments on a carpenters pencil and use that as a tape measure instead. It’s a lot faster and easier than pulling out a tape measure or ruler in a tight space.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the timber
2 Paint the shelves
3 Find the studs
4 Measure and mark for the height of the shelves
5 Transfer the marks for the shelves
6 Mark the holes for the screws
7 Attach the brackets
8 Attach the shelves
9 Put your plants in place
  • Step 1. Cut the timber

    To make this job even easier, we had our timber pre-cut at Bunnings. You can have as many shelves as you want at any length you like. We’re making three out of DAR pine, 240mm x 19mm x 1200mm in length.
  • Step 2. Paint the shelves

    You can paint, stain or leave your shelves raw. We chose to spray ours black. When spray painting, do it in a well-ventilated area and wear a ventilator mask.
  • Step 3. Find the studs

    Find the studs and mark where they are. Use tape to mark the positions of both studs that the shelves will sit between. If it’s difficult to find the studs, you can use hollow wall anchors into the plaster.
  • Step 4. Measure and mark for the height of the shelves

    You can position your shelves wherever you like. We’ve started our three shelves 850mm up from the floor, then spaced them at 1350mm and 1700mm. But remember to allow enough room for the height of your plants.
  • Step 5. Transfer the marks for the shelves

    Mark the heights for your shelves, then use the spirit level to transfer the measurements over to the other stud.
  • Step 6. Mark the holes for the screws

    Put the bracket against the wall and mark the holes for the screws. Use a spirit level to make sure the bracket is plum.
  • Step 7. Attach the brackets

    Use the 4mm drill bit to pre-drill the holes for the screws. Then screw the brackets to the wall. Once again, use the spirit level to make sure the brackets are square and plum. Use a permanent black marker to colour the heads of the screws.
  • Step 8. Attach the shelves

    Place the shelves where you want them on the brackets. You can have them in a line or a little off centre. Once you have positioned them, clamp the shelf to the bracket. Pre-drill, then screw it into place from the underside of the shelf with the 20mm screws. Repeat this for all of the shelves.
  • Step 9. Put your plants in place

    Now that your shelves are built, all you have to do is decorate them with your favourite plants and enjoy.
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