DIY: Removable Window Shelf for Plants

Even in the dead of winter, I am buying plants. The Chief thinks I’m crazy, (Yeah, crazy plant lady!) but he supports my love for greenery any way he can.

This removable window shelf is a simple solution for creating space indoors for plants.

Most recently, he helped me create more space indoors to contain my growing number of plants. I also needed a spot high enough that our dog wouldn’t be able to nibble them. (See shredded peace lily below.) The simple solution was to make a removable shelf in a sunny window.

This removable window shelf is a simple solution for creating space indoors for plants.

This window ledge already had a few small plants on it. Given the terrific lighting, they were growing like gangbusters. It seemed only natural to take advantage of the space by extending the ledge. So here’s what we did:

We bought a 1x8x6 pine board and cut it to length with a miter saw. We then cut out the back two corners (marked below with an “X”) so the shelf would rest against the window.

This removable window shelf is a simple solution for creating space indoors for plants.

To account for the caulk along the windowsill, we routed a beveled edge along the shelf’s bottom. It’s not a necessary step, but the clearance lets the shelf sit tight against the window.

This removable window shelf is a simple solution for creating space indoors for plants.

Then the Chief got really fancy and routed a lovely edge along the front of the shelf. He used this ogee bit, which he had on hand from building our daughter’s dresser.

This removable window shelf is a simple solution for creating space indoors for plants.

A couple of passes through the router and my simple shelf concept was vastly enhanced. That’s why working on projects with the Chief is so much fun. He makes my ideas come to life, and more often than not, he surprises me with some pretty cool upgrades.

After a light sanding, the shelf was ready for paint. I wonder now if I shouldn’t have stained it instead, giving it a farmhouse charm… but it got two coats of white paint. While that dried, we cleaned and fixed the caulk around the window.

This removable window shelf is a simple solution for creating space indoors for plants.

Every so often we’ll have a party and slide the sofa in front of the window to make more room, but otherwise there’s nothing blocking the window. Nonetheless, I wanted the option to remove the shelf without too much work or damage, and so the Chief came up with these guys.

This removable window shelf is a simple solution for creating space indoors for plants.

We cut two blocks out of the scrap (from when we cut the board to length), then sanded and painted the exposed edges. To avoid the chance of the wood splitting during installation, we drilled pilot holes and added countersinks so the drywall screws would drive flush. Lastly, we installed them in the corners right above the shelf.

This removable window shelf is a simple solution for creating space indoors for plants.

You can slide the shelf in and out, and the little boxes keep it from tipping forward. A quick touch-up with white paint to the screw heads and the little boxes are virtually invisible.

This removable window shelf is a simple solution for creating space indoors for plants.

A seriously easy fix that makes me (my plants and my dog) seriously happy.

This removable window shelf is a simple solution for creating space indoors for plants.This removable window shelf is a simple solution for creating space indoors for plants.

Thanks to this removable window shelf, I can easily bring plants indoors over winter and start new ones before spring has officially sprung.

What are some of your favorite house plants? Please share in the comments below. Thanks for reading! — v.



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