IKEA Hack: The Antonius Balcony Planter
I've noticed that a lot of people in our building put potted plants on their balcony walls. It looks nice, but the biggest problem with this method is that it only takes a small earthquake, a strong gust of wind, or one clumsy person (usually me) to send the pots right off the wall and onto the sidewalk below. I wanted to find some kind of planter that sat like a saddle on the wall, but I didn't want to spend too much money on it. Well, if necessity is the mother of invention, then IKEA is the ... mother-in-law?
In our old apartment, we used an IKEA Antonius shelving system for extra storage. After moving, however, we discovered we had nowhere to put it. The wire baskets have been sitting under our bed, unused. Since the basket is made up of a grid, all I had to do was determine how many squares thick the balcony wall is, how much space the pots need, and how low the planter should hang.
Next I cut out the grids.
To recap, here are the parts:
- IKEA Antonius wire basket: $2.50/each.
- Wire cutter or pliers with a cutter
- Target pots: $1.67/each. Or you can pick up liner and make the basket the planter.
- Plants. If you don't want to spend money and live in a drought zone like I do, learn how to propogate succulent plant cuttings.