Turn Your Living Space into a Plant Sanctuary with a DIY IKEA Greenhouse Cabinet

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Show off your plants in a stylish yet practical setup with an IKEA greenhouse cabinet!

Being a plant parent is an investment in more ways than one. From the actual plant purchases, to understanding and acquiring the right equipment, to the patient hours it takes for a new leaf to bud, there are many things to consider before buying houseplants. One of the factors to consider before adding plants to your cart is where you’re going to put them in your home.

Let us introduce you to the IKEA greenhouse cabinet setups that are taking the internet by storm!

It’s sometimes easy to forget that plants are more than room brighteners. Even easy-to-grow houseplants need access to adequate amounts of water, sunlight and nutrients. For plants that are lush and healthy, and a cabinet-turned-greenhouse from IKEA makes the task easier than ever.

Why Use an IKEA Greenhouse Cabinet?

IKEA has a handful of cabinet lines, but for indoor greenhouses, people are using the following—Detolf, Fabrikör, Milsbo and Rudsta. All of these cabinet lines come in a variety of sizes and colors, so whether you have a few plants or a few too many, you’re able to shop accordingly. Check out this setup from @plantedbymarcela.

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All of these IKEA cabinets are glass-paneled. You’re able to put your plants on display while keeping them in a “greenhouse” that suits any room in your house, and allowing light to reach them. Here’s what @dominika_variegata has in her house:

Most importantly, each IKEA greenhouse cabinet is adjustable. When following the assembly instructions from IKEA, the shelves can be adjusted and placed at several different levels, so you can put them together according to your plants’ needs. If you’re bringing outdoor plants inside, you’re able to give them the room they need with heightened space between shelves.

How to Make Your Own Greenhouse

Once you figure out which IKEA glass cabinet best fits your space, the rest of the setup is completely up to you!

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By adding grow light strips, like these from Amazon, you’re able to nourish your plants with the light they need, especially during the winter months. Purchasing a thermometer and humidity gauge might also be a good idea, so you’re able to monitor the climate within your IKEA greenhouse and adjust accordingly.

Looking for more ways to brighten up your home with some greenery? Here are our top tips for arranging indoor plants.

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Hannah Twietmeyer
Hannah is a writer and content creator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a passion for all things food, health, community and lifestyle. She is a journalism graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a previous dining and drink contributor for Madison Magazine.