Greenhouse shelving ideas

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Greenhouse shelving ideas
Greenhouse shelving is important to make use of limited space. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Organising your greenhouse requires planning and careful consideration to the type of plants you will grow. Choose from several shelving options for a greenhouse. You may use shelves to store seedlings out of harms way, or you may use them to keep all your tools within easy reach. Choosing the correct material is important, as the environment of a greenhouse is damp and hot. Rot and rust are common in this environment.

Stainless Steel

Strong and unlikely to rust, stainless steel is the perfect material to use in a greenhouse. You can purchase it in a variety of strengths and weights, making it versatile for any use. Free-standing shelves in a bookcase style made with stainless steel are perfect for storing tools within easy reach. Store spare plastic pots and labels on the top, your everyday tools in the middle and heavy compost and soil bags on the bottom. When the shelving becomes dirty, wipe it down with a damp cloth, and the smooth surface will not trap any bits of soil.


For a more natural look, use wood shelving. Choose thick blocks of wood to mount on the wall, as these are more resilient to rotting. When using wood, it is best to keep shelves individual. This way if one rots, the others are not affected. Make wood shelves from purchased wood or recycled wood smoothed down. If you can find wood with knotted holes, you can place them higher in the greenhouse and still allow sunlight to reach the lower levels.

Aluminium Cans

Use old aluminium cans to make shelving. Use the cans to raise shelves off a work bench. They are strong, but you can strengthen them by filling them with soil. Secure them to a workbench by screwing them through the bottom and filling them with soil. Lay a wooden plank on the top, and repeat for as many shelves as you want.

Folding Shelves

Make the most of your limited greenhouse space with folding shelves. You can buy these units from most gardening stores. The brackets are on hinges that you can lock to provide a sturdy shelf. Unlock the hinge and the shelf folds down flat, which is perfect for when you have finished potting and no longer need the extra shelving space.

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