Introduction: IKEA HACK: Suction Cup Window Planters

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We have tons of awesome floor to ceiling windows at our workshop, and we have had to get creative with how we store things. Things are getting anchored to the walls and I-Beams, but its hard to put a screw in 1-inch plate glass.

I decided to to put in a little garden that could always have light, and would be easy to water. This may be the shortest Instructable I have ever written - 2 steps!

Step 1: Materials

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Step 2: Hang It and Plant It!

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I learned the hard way that you really need to let the suction cups set-up for about a day. I got really over-zealous and put all my plants in right away, naturally my suction cups fell off the window.

With a bit more patience - and after a day and half - I re-hung my garden, and it looks great!


I want to try it with multiple rows - maybe even with herbs!

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SmD71nG made it! (author)2015-04-25

So I made the trip to Ikea and picked up the goods. These suction cups the use are kinda terrible, but after aome fine tuning of the moisture levels that need to be on them, they are finally secured.
Also, the packaging states that the rungs can handle 8.8lbs of weight total, so for those looking to do this, plan accordingly.

Price
"Stugvik" bracket - $9.99
Mounting cups - 99¢ each.

Way cheaper than building a PVC window set up and much better looking.

booker11 (author)SmD71nG2015-10-10

Great idea!! I pay 2×6,99€ (bracket) + 6×0,49 (cup). It work's very nice, thanks for this hack. But how does the cat work with? 12V ? ;-))

audreyobscura (author)SmD71nG2015-04-25

Oh my gosh! Yours looks way cuter than mine! And hi kitty! Meow! I am going to give you some pro membership!

So glad it worked out! <3

SmD71nG (author)audreyobscura2015-04-26

Lol,. Thanks, I couldn't have done it without you. Plus you have a nicer window. And Kitty says ?me-owe!

jbaker30 (author)2015-08-26

I <3 this idea I think I will be trying this going to IKEA this weekend

Ahaa made it! (author)2015-05-15

I used a tube of clear silicone to block the Bygel cup holes. I planted my seeds in yogurt type containers with holes in the bottom to drain into the Bygel cups. I've had mine up in the window for about a month now with no mess. Unfortunately my view is of the neighbor's house and fence...

SmD71nG (author)2015-04-22

I was looking to make a PVC style planter system for herbs but this is just too perfect and cost effective! Thank you for this!

SmD71nG (author)SmD71nG2015-04-22

Curious, what do you estimate the weight limit for this setup to be? Three to four plants per rung?

audreyobscura (author)SmD71nG2015-04-22

I had 4 plants on a rung, with a medium amount of soil, and just using a little bit of water.

Ahaa (author)2015-04-10

It's now April and this was posted in October. I'm curious to know if this is still hanging or if it has fallen down.

audreyobscura (author)Ahaa2015-04-22

It was up until March! Then we moved.

glogothetidis (author)2014-11-03

Very smart project !

SafeWalrus (author)2014-11-02

neat idea, its a "gototry" isn't it? now where's my local IKEA shop or maybe something that resembles that stuff - I'll be on the lookout for it now - knowing me that's my windows so full I won't need curtains anymore! lol! Thanks for the post!

watashikldm (author)2014-10-26

Nice project but AWESOME view!

ashleyjlong (author)2014-10-23

Very cute! How have you been dealing with watering? I'd be worried about water draining out the holes in the bottom of the cups. Maybe a plastic liner or seal the holes first?

Saindaco (author)ashleyjlong2014-10-25

Attach a second cup on the bottom so the plant can still drain but it doesn't make a mess. I usually just use two of the same pots.

thats a good idea! I've just been making a mess. :)

XxelectricmanxX (author)2014-10-25

Very creative, nice

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-24

Thank you for your nice instructable.

Rima

TizianaZ (author)2014-10-24

I am using the same STUGVIK bar in the kitchen to hang the rubber gloves I need to use to wash dishes, the kitchen towel etc. I haven't hanged anything heavier because I am afraid the suction cups are not strong enough, but seeing your post it seems it could manage something a little bit heavier. How heavy (approx.) are the plants? Is it stable? I wanted to hang the cutlery to dry when I wash them...

TizianaZ (author)TizianaZ2014-10-24

ps nice idea eh! :D In this way the plants get enough sun for sure.

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