Introduction: IKEA Hack - Planting Shelves
- The spice rack had to be a series of small shelves which were not too deep.
- The spice rack had to be expandable in the future, as you always keep acquiring more and more stuff to put on there.
- The shelf had to be about 800mm (31”) long and about 200mm (8”) deep.
- The shelf had to be very strong in order to carry my cook books.
- The shelves had to be constructed from matching hardwood and have a ‘rustic’ appearance to match my kitchen.
- They had to be cheap!!!
In order to do this you will need:
- The plant pots of your choice,
- Drill bits
- Screw driver
- Screws and suitable wall plugs
- Tea and biscuits (cookies)
Step 1: The Layout
Step 2: Planting Your First Shelf
To make sure that the holes were level and equal on all of the boxes I made a small cardboard jig, which just hooked over the corner and pointed to the location of my pilot hole.
Step 3: Continue Planting
Once you have got your first box attached to the wall where you want it, just unwrap and offer up the next one.
As mentioned before, they are not all that square, so you may need to try a few positions before you get minimal gaps and a level top.
Drill your pilot holes, mark, drill and screw onto the wall.
Then repeat until you have achieved your desired layout.
Step 4: Fill Your Planters
This is by far the easiest step.
Just fill your planters with whatever you want. You could even put plants on them!
The Galvanised trays which come with the planters fit nicely on the bottom of the shelves. This makes taking down a variety of spices quite an easy job.
There is also plenty of room to expand as and when my spice collection explodes beyond the confines of the current shelves.
I hope you have enjoyed my first Instructable and I look forward to seeing your creations.
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