Are you looking for a simple, effective way to display anything from your balcony? The answer is an easy, do-it-yourself balcony railing planter box. Installing a balcony planter box is quick and easy, provides beautiful succulent plants for your balcony, and requires only a small amount of time to complete. Here are five simple steps to an easy balcony railing planter box:
Assemble Your balcony railing planter box. If possible, have all of the components you will be using ready and available before you begin assembling. Having to find the right tools, long screws, and barbecue tools while waiting for other materials to arrive could delay your project considerably. Tools like a garden hose, a weed whacker, a small table saw, and a screwdriver are ideal to have close at hand.
If your components aren’t prepared as of yet, your job of finding the right tools and supplies will be significantly easier once they are in your possession. Once you have everything that you need (including screws and bolts), it’s time to check your measurements to make sure that you have enough space to display anything that you wish to grow or plant. Measure the width, length, and height of the area where you intend to plant, and then make a drawing of the design on graph paper. If necessary, take a trip to your local garden center to purchase a couple of garden shears to shorten your task of cutting your planter down to size.
Once your drawing is complete, you can go ahead with the actual cutting process. This step involves simply using a pair of metal shears to cut the design into the desired lengths. While there is some variation in the depth of cut for various styles of planter boxes, at the very least you should have about an eight by ten foot planter box dimensions. The good news is that most metal shears will work well for this project, and it is important not to use a sharp metal blade unless it is dull from frequent use.
After the planter box has been cut to the proper dimensions, it’s time to prepare the boards for installation. Start by lining them up along the perimeter of the balcony railing and fastening the first one in place using stainless steel screws. You may need to make adjustments based on the model of the balcony railing that you have in your possession. This way you can ensure that your planters are installed correctly.
The next step is to assemble the hanging planter box. If your box does not come with rails, attach a string to the railings at each corner, as well as across the full length of the planter box. If there is a door on the balcony railing, you should drill holes on both sides of the hole for the hanging planters. Secure the string and bolt the planter box to the frame, and then attach the rest of the railing components.
Now that everything is assembled back onto the balcony railing, you should mark where each planter will go. For a square planter, this would be at the bottom center of the planter box. It would also help to mark where each piece would go, so that you could simply measure and cut accordingly. Once you have all of these measurements ready, you can begin to install your new outdoor garden furniture.
You can hang your planters at either end or in the middle of the balcony railing. You’ll want to consider where your plants will be during installation. The best planters will be situated near windows or doors that are open a bit. If you have plants that are climbing, or if your plants are too tall for these areas, you may want to move them before you start installing the hanging planter box. This will ensure that your plants don’t accidentally get caught in the railing.