Previous to the pandemic, Robyn Seguin had six houseplants in her Minneapolis house. However like many different plant mother and father, her assortment grew rapidly in confinement. “I don’t even know how many I have anymore,” she says, though she believes it’s near 70.
Earlier than lengthy, Sequin began amassing extra tropical vegetation, flowering anthuriums and glossy-leafed philodendrons, which she has bought and imported from different nations. However the chilly, dry surroundings in her house in the course of the winter was not a great habitat for them.
In one of many many plant teams to which she belongs on Fb, Sequin got here throughout a trending DIY hack that reworked glass Ikea cupboards into indoor greenhouses. It was the right stylish answer for her greenery. “It’s not feasible for me to have an outdoor greenhouse or large indoor greenhouse,” says Seguin. “Greenhouse cabinets are a great solution.”
The setup doesn’t require a lot: a glass cupboard, develop lights, a small fan and humidifier. Seguin says there are various methods to customise them and they are often as excessive or low tech as you need.
These hacks have been so well-liked in the course of the pandemic that sure Ikea cupboards have been bought out for months. Seguin waited for the Milsbo cupboard till she gave up and settled for a smaller one, the Fabrikör, in January. To the glass cupboard she added a peg board, develop lights, a small desk fan, hygrometer (which measures humidity), a small humidifier and a plastic tray stuffed with light-weight expanded clay mixture (Leca), which helps preserve the humidity up.
The cupboard greenhouses are aesthetically pleasing, sure, and supply a wholesome local weather for a lot of vegetation. However they’ve added bonuses, too. Seguin appreciates how handy it’s for her to water and monitor her high-maintenance tropical vegetation now that they’re all in a central location.
The cupboard greenhouses additionally provide safety—for vegetation, but in addition different members of the family who shouldn’t be consuming them. “Using the greenhouse helps me maximize space and humidity right in my dining room, and it looks great,” says Brittany Goldwyn Merth, a DIY blogger who made one as a birthday current to herself final 12 months. “And it keeps my cats and kid away from some plants, too.”
The sudden reputation of the Ikea cupboard greenhouse hack may be traced again to December 2019, when the Netherlands-based plant fanatic Robin Schouten created the #ikeagreenhousecabinet hashtag on Instagram. A number of months later, in April 2020, she launched an Instagram web page of the identical title—proper on the onset of the pandemic. The principle objective was to have a central location to assist and encourage different plant lovers working to create their very own Ikea greenhouse cupboard.
Schouten doesn’t take credit score for inventing the hack. Previous to beginning the Instagram web page, she had heard of some others who had transformed varied show cupboards into greenhouses. “I absolutely fell in love with the idea and aesthetics,” she says. However when she went looking for extra details about tips on how to do it herself, she didn’t discover a lot.
“I killed a lot of plants through trial and error and documented the whole process on my personal Instagram account,” says Schouten. “The positive responses I got from the plant community were overwhelming and I noticed more and more people were getting interested in converting their own.” And so she created the @IKEAGreenhouseCabinet Instagram web page, which had 104,000 followers on the time of publishing.
A part of the hack’s success, says Schoubert, is because of how simple it’s to perform. “[The cabinets] are very versatile and can be as cheap and simple or expensive and complex as you want,” says Schouten. “It all depends on your budget, DIY skills, commitment and which kinds of plants are being kept inside of them.”
They’ve additionally helped deliver magnificence into houses and enhance confidence of their creators in the course of the previous difficult 12 months. “A lot of plant lovers, especially millennials and younger [generations], don’t live in large spaces and want a beautiful, effective way to display their plants while also keeping them happy,” says Goldwyn Merth. “Plus, it’s a really cool project to put together.”