How To Build a Window Box

Adding color to the exterior of your home is easy with window boxes.They can be used for flowers or herbs, and they allow you to garden without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.If you want to make one for yourself, read on.

Step 1: Find inspiration.

To get an idea of the design you would like to use, look at varieties of window boxes online or in stores.The instructions are for a rectangular box.They are easy to modify to fit your specifications.You may want to think about how your window box will be used.Many designs use wooden brackets or braces to hold up the box, and this should be taken into account in your plans.There are a number of simple braces available for purchase in home and garden stores.

Step 2: To determine the length of your window box, measure the window where you want to place it.

How much lumber you need to purchase will be determined by this.If you want your window box to run the full length of the window, you need to double the length and width of it.The sides and bottom are the same length.

Step 3: Determine the type of lumber you want to use for the window box.

After all, this will be hanging outside, you need a wood that is resistant to the elements.The specific requirements that must be fulfilled are what you need to think about when making your selection.What is the weather like in your location?How big is this window box, and how much weight will the boards carry?As you make your choice, keep in mind the unique qualities of every type of wood.The typical boards for this type of project are 1X6s or 2X 6s, they are one inch by six inches or two inches by 6 inches, and the heavier boards may be useful for the bottoms of the box.Consider which one will be most appropriate for this project as these come in a number of lengths.There are many different grades of pressure-treated lumber that can stand up to the elements.Think about which one will fit your requirements after learning about the grades.Pressure-treated boards are still treated with strange substances even though they no longer use the same toxic chemicals.New pressure-treated lumber can’t be painted until it has begun to dry or weather.For those who prefer natural woods that are weather resistant without treatment, certain varieties may be appropriate.

Step 4: Do you want a finish or paint?

This is something to consider when thinking about lumber.The appearance and longevity of your window box will be affected by the exterior coating, so strike the appropriate balance when selecting.

Step 5: Purchase the materials.

Home improvement stores have been popping up all over the country in recent years.A complete list of all the additional supplied you will need can be found at the bottom of the page.It is a good idea to talk to the people who work at the home improvement store if you need any help with your project.They know a lot about the lumber or paint you are buying.They are interested in making a sale, but may have useful information to share.

Step 6: Measure and mark the pieces of lumber.

Measure twice and cut once.You only have one chance to cut before you make a mistake and have to go back to the hardware store.They will know why you are there.

Step 7: To cut the lumber, use your saw.

If you want to create braces, cut the longer pieces first, then use the remaining pieces for the shorter sides.

Step 8: If applicable, seal or paint the lumber before assembly.

Before final assembly, apply a sealant or paint.The purpose is to coat the wood, so why not make sure that it is properly covered?

Step 9: If you want to screw the pieces of lumber together, you’ll need to drill guide holes.

It can stress the wood and cause splits if you drill the screws directly into the lumber.It is easier to maintain control when drilling guide holes than it is to screw directly into the wood.

Step 10: The box needs to be assembled.

Attach the ends of the window box to the bottom using rust-proof screws with a screwdriver bit.It’s important to support the wood against something sturdy or have someone hold the lumber while you screw the pieces together.Attach the front and back pieces of the window box to the bottom section if you want them to fit.Attach the front and back pieces to the window box.

Step 11: There are drainage holes to be drilled.

To allow water to drain out of the window box, you’ll need several holes in the bottom.

Step 12: If necessary, apply more sealant or paint.

Before the final installation, let the sealant or paint dry.

Step 13: There is a plastic window box liner.

The soil will not rot the wood.

Step 14: Small pieces of weed cloth can be cut.

They can be used to cover the drainage holes to keep the soil out of the window box.

Step 15: You need to install the window box.

You’re going to hang your window box on the exterior wall.If you left lumber to serve as a separate brace, drill holes for that as well.Attach the brace first and then the window box.When attaching the window box to the brackets, use screws that are slightly shorter than the thickness of the box itself.

Step 16: Plants, flowers, and/or herbs can be added.

Your project is done.