Ask any New Yorker what they'd like more of in their apartments, and extra room and green space are sure to be high on the list. While we can't deliver more square footage or a backyard, we do have a really easy DIY that does double duty as a room divider and a vertical garden - and all you need to make it are a few potted plants and some inexpensive plant stands from Ikea. You can make your living wall room divider as large or as small as you desire by using less or more plant stands, and you can always move the stands around into different configurations when you have friends over or if your greens need more sunlight near a window. Read on to learn how to create a new green wall for your home in less than an hour!
Just so you know, the Ikea PS Plant Stands that we used in this DIY can certainly be used separately instead of in duplicate or triplicate and they were specifically designed for garden lovers in big cities. “I wanted to create a kitchen garden for everyone with gardening dreams,” explains Ikea designer Nicolas Cortolezzis. “Even for people who live in small spaces or in the middle of a big city. My mobile garden lets you grow things indoors, vertically. Three plant pots give you room for both beautiful flowers and nutritious herbs, and you get lots of wonderful scents in the bargain. IKEA PS 2012 plant stand is tall, but surprisingly light and made with a minimal amount or material. You can move it from place to place easily and, if you want, you can even use it as a green room divider.”
MATERIALS (for a divider with 3 plant stands)
Feel free to adjust the numbers for a smaller or larger divider.
– 3 Ikea PS 2012 plant stands
– 9 small houseplants, vegetable plants or herb plants
– 9 containers or pots for your plants (Depending on how big they are, you can use your existing pots or if you don’t yet have pots, cylindrical plastic takeout containers work great)
– Something sharp to poke holes in your container with
– Soil or water depending on your plants
Step 1:The Ikea PS 2012 plant stand features buckets that actually fit many of the containers plants are sold in at stores so you might be able to skip this step if your container is already the right size. If your pots are too large or small, those cylindrical plastic containers you get when you order takeout happen to fit nicely, but just make sure you poke some drainage holes in the bottoms before you repot your plants.
Step 2: Next, just pop your potted plants right into your Ikea plant stands.
Step 3: Play around with different plant combos (tall plants towards the bottom, short on top, etc.) until you are happy with the way your divider looks. You can always swap your plants out seasonally or add bushier plants if you want less of what’s behind your divider to show.
Photos © Yuka Yoneda