Table of contents:
- Ampel plants on the window
- Shelf for flowers on ribbons
- Glass flower shelf on metal corners
- Side shelves for flowers on the window
- Placing plants on the trellis
- Hanging shelf on the window
- Shelves for flowers wide window sill
Sooner or later, but in the life of many gardeners the question arises: “Where to put ?! The place is over! " Indeed, green pets have filled all available places and planes, and threaten to evict the owners from their legally occupied bed. Households in indignation shout that there could be fewer plants, but who will listen to them? How can you give up cacti, violets, ficuses and other beauties nurtured by such labor and love? Yes, and there is no need to refuse, because relatives are making noise, most likely, just for show, while they themselves secretly admire the green kingdom and proudly say to friends: “And we have such a monster! Half a room! " and casually examine less well-groomed specimens from these acquaintances.
However, the reaction of others still does not solve the problem of place, and here you have to call on your imagination and skillful hands to help. It's good if your hands are from where you need them, and with imagination, order. And if not, we will try to help with imagination in this article, and skillful hands, I am sure, will be found in someone from the male half of your large family.
On the Internet, you can find many ideas for creating all kinds of walls, shelves and stands, but in this article we will consider exactly those that are located directly on the window. This will solve the problem of lighting without additional lighting, and will not require extra space in an already crowded house.
Ampel plants on the window
For this option, we need several anchors with a hook, select the diameter depending on the expected weight. I think 6mm will be enough (in the photo I used anchors for an 8mm drill). With a drill or a perforator, we drill holes in the upper slope of the window, insert the anchor. Anchor - from the word anchor, is a metal hook with a spacer at the opposite end. It is inserted into the drilled hole and twisted clockwise by the hook. In this case, the spacer mechanism expands and tightly, like the anchor is held in the hole. On such a hook, unlike a self-tapping screw on a dowel, you can even hang a swing.
So, it's done! It remains to hang the pots of plants. This placement option is suitable if you have both wooden and plastic windows. Designed primarily for ampelous plants, but in conditions of an acute shortage of space, any small plants can be planted in hanging pots. For example, cryptanthus grows in such a pot, although it is not an ampelous plant at all, a herbivorous cat cannot reach it in a hanging pot.
Thus, plants can be hung on anchors above the window and in the immediate vicinity of the window, if they are drilled in the ceiling (ceiling ceilings are always concrete, therefore only drill with a perforator). If you do not have anchors, you can use self-tapping screws with dowels or hooks with dowels, you can hang a string or a chain of pots on them, but the hook is more reliable - the rope will not just fly off it.
Shelf for flowers on ribbons
We call it student among ourselves. The idea arose while living in a student hostel, where this model was quite easily created by fragile girls to house the state's stock of cosmetics. Then it was modernized and brought to life already for plants.
We need a board that is slightly less than the width of your window, but it is better to use 10mm plywood. You will also need several meters of a fabric belt (also called a harness, used for making reins and other household needs) and 4-8 self-tapping screws. This option is only suitable for windows with wood frames.
Calculating the length of the harness you need is very simple. Or experimentally, or according to the formula 2ShD + 4VP + 10 cm, where SD is the width of the board, VP is the height from the attachment point to the shelf. We divide our tape in half and cut it. Fold in half and fasten the ends of the harness with 2-4 screws to the frame. After that, we lay the board on the obtained loops, observing its horizontal position. Everything, you can put flowers. Of course, the appearance of such a shelf, to put it mildly, is not very aesthetic for an apartment, but it is quite suitable for placing flowers on the balcony, on the veranda, in the country.
Let's improve this placement option: instead of a board or plywood, we use a plastic tray. It is more effective - the sides will not allow the pots to move and fall, and if you place many small pots on it, for example, with cacti and other succulents, then it is easy to remove all the pots together with the tray. As a fastener, we use tapes that are sold in any store of sewing supplies: keeper tape, hem tape (for trousers) or belt tape (belts and bag handles are sewn from it).
Glass flower shelf on metal corners
Author Natalia Rusinova. This option for placing flowers was invented in a moment of despair - where to place a huge number of plants!
Suitable only for those with wooden windows. You need metal corners with a stiffener, which are sold in any hardware store, and a wooden rail 3.5-4 cm wide and 1.5-2 cm thick.
The corners can be taken in lengths of 10 cm and 25 cm. The rail is cut into strips according to the width of the future shelf, and attached to the corners with screws. Glass was ordered from a hardware store according to the specified dimensions. The width of the glass was 25cm, the length was 110cm (this is the length at three corners). The edges of the glass shelves need to be sanded to avoid cutting. The glass is very easy to grind, for this I took first coarse sandpaper, then medium, for all 15 minutes of work. But this seemed to me not enough, so that the veil on the window would not touch or tear at the corners of the glass shelves (and they are very wide), I cut off the corners of the shelves on one side - from the one that is from the window.
These shelves are convenient in that the glass is not attached to anything, it can be removed at any time, washed windows, etc. And so, in general, a very stable design. I have one glass on the rail and on double-sided tape - for reliability.
Side shelves for flowers on the window
By Marta. This accommodation option is similar to the previous one. Materials: two slats, 2cm thick, 3-4cm wide, the length of the slats is equal to the height of the window opening. The slats are attached to self-tapping screws with dowels at two points (top and bottom) of the side slope of the window. Metal corners with stiffening ribs, approximately 10-15 cm long, are attached to these slats. At a distance of about 40-50cm from each other. Shelves made of thick plywood, 10 mm thick, are installed on the corners. The approximate dimensions of the shelves: 20-25cm by 30-35cm. These are the dimensions for the window opening of a panel house. In a brick house, the walls are thicker and the length of the shelves can be up to 50 cm. Plywood sheets prepared for the shelves must be sanded so as not to get a splinter and varnished or painted with enamel.
An alternative to such shelves can be wall planters or decorative hooks for hanging pots. By the way, it should be noted that the shelves placed on the side slope of the window have one drawback: the flowers that are closer to the window are illuminated better, and those that are "second" are worse. Therefore, you need to either install fluorescent lamps from the side of the room, or periodically turn the flowers with the other side to the light, or change places. The same flowers that are placed in the topmost tier in the photo receive the least amount of light, you need to put the most shade-tolerant plants there, or install additional lighting from above.
Placing plants on the trellis
Author Natalia Matyushevskaya.
"I have quite a few large pots in which there are single stem plants, I tried to plant some babies on them, but I didn't really like it and they liked it, and it's hard to find an ideal community. So the way out was: take a lattice suitable in size (I make it myself either from slats, or from cut wooden rulers, I assemble it in any convenient shape, or twist it with a thin wire or on PVA), and install it on a pot, and you can put anything on the lattice, and a lot of space saving and decorativeness is not only preserved, but also acquired! "Photo by Natalia Matyushevskaya:
We make a note: this method is convenient when there is room under a large plant in a wide pot, and you can place several small pots with medium-sized flowers (for example, mini violets, fittonias, rooting cuttings of other plants). Even in this case, other pots should not be placed too tightly on the grate, otherwise the soil in the pot under the crate will dry out and breathe poorly, which will adversely affect the "mother" plant.
Hanging shelf on the window
We need: 4 anchors with a hook (these were mentioned above), two 10mm plywood cuts, from which we will make shelves, a thin metal cable or a strong rope. We fix the anchors in the upper slope, measure the required length of the cable, fix it on the hooks and at the corners of the first board with the help of fasteners (you can screw in the same hooks as above, but smaller). On the reverse side of the board, we also cling to the fasteners, we also fasten them on the second board from one side. We connect the boards with cables in such a way that the lower one lies on the windowsill, and the whole structure is rather tightly stretched. When placing pots with plants on the lower shelf, the loaded upper shelf will practically not sway.
This system can be used only for one shelf, which will have a length for the entire width of the window, with the only difference that it will have to be fixed on six or more hooks in the upper slope.
Shelves for flowers wide window sill
The simplest shelf option is a prefab shelf from a hardware store. There is no need to describe - everything is clear from the photograph. Corner shelf, can have 3-5 tiers. It has a drawback - the sides steal light (overlap with the lower plants). Therefore, additional lighting may be needed. There is a lot of sun on the west-facing window shown in the photo, so there is no need for additional lighting. It is desirable that the shelf is only made of light plastic, white reflects light, and the window will be lighter.
A more complex and expensive option is a glass shelf with metal holder legs. The shelf shown in the photo was made from a sketch by a custom-made furniture firm. But if you have the opportunity to visit a furniture fittings store, and there is a handmade man in the house, you can make such a shelf yourself. The shelf can be angular or rectangular.
Another type of shelf is a metal flower rack, originally its length was about 2 m (see the last photo). The shelf was sawn to the height of the window opening and inserted into the spacer. Because the window is plastic, so as not to scratch the slopes, pieces of foam are placed under the ends of the rack. Polyfoam can be replaced with a cut of isolon folded in several layers. Below are a few more photos of members of the forum who have adapted whatnots and stands for flowers on the windowsills.
Best regards, Oksana Dyachenko (OxyKsu)
Natalia Rusinova (Natali)