indoor plant box ledgeSince we're going to grow a vegetable garden, I figured it might be a good idea to make an area indoors in order to start some seeds. We currently have a large (about seven foot wide) double window on the south side of the house. However, it has a standard frame with no ledge for placing items on, so I'm going to take an extra piece of siding from another project and make a simple ledge for our flower/plant starter containers.

 

 

Difficulty: Easy

Time Needed: an hour or so

Power Tools: Saw

Measuring: One measurement

Materials: A piece of wood long enough to fit inside frame; nails or screws; drill

 

Plan:

My plan is simple: cut the wood to the right length; fasten the wood to the interior window frame; paint the wood to match the trim; put stuff on it. I want to avoid too many holes in the existing trim or wall, so I will drill three sets of two holes across the bottom of the window frame. The planters are for starting vegetables and flowers, so I should not have to worry about anchors at the bottom, since I'm only building the ledge out another several inches. That's the theory, anyway.

 

Steps:

 

Result:

The ledge came out a little more than expected, so I did need an anchor underneath. This also makes heavy items more likely to make the outside edge of the ledge bend downward. However, since I don't want to spend forever maintaining a perfectly level surface, I'm just going to avoid huge, heavy pots for right now, and use two L-brackets from some other project. 

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Written by Brian Jaeger, owner of Satisfamily, McNewsy, PassivNinja, Educabana, RealWisconsinNews, ManCrushFanClub, WildWestAllis, SitcomLifeLessons, and VoucherSchool.

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