How To Make Inexpensive DIY Vertical Garden Room Divider From IKEA Plant Stands

October 5, 2012 by

Like many urban apartments, my daughter’s first apartment in New York City is small on space. It’s a budget “converted” one bedroom–which means there is a temporary sheet rock wall to carve another bedroom out of part of the original living room. That part works well, but the solid wall dividing the little “dining alcove” from the living room makes that space a bit claustrophobic and dark. Too bad they didn’t leave it open so she could have created this simple DIY living wall to separate the two spaces while also bringing light and plants to filter the city air.

DIY Vertical Garden Screen

Using some inexpensive PS 2012 three-pot planters from IKEA, here’s how to make a simple vertical garden living wall room divider.

Plant, Divide and Conquer!
There’s really nothing to craft and you can do this in less than an hour. Just buy as many 69 ¼ inch high 3-pot plant stands as you need, above, add your favorite plants in a 4 ¾ inner pot, then configure them to fit your space and screening requirements.

And if you are anything like me, you may change your mind and want to reconfigure things. No problem as these are not fixed to the floor, which also means you can move them in front of a window for more sunlight.

Mobile and Double Duty Indoor/Outdoor
“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.”

Best of all: they are portable, and since they’re made from powder coated galvanized steel, they can also work outdoors to provide a privacy from nearby urban neighbors.

Do you have a cool DIY green wall privacy screen you’ve made? Please send us pics or post them on our Pinterest page!

via Inhabitat.


  1. Kerry said:

    That is so cool! Great idea. I wish there was an Ikea closer to where I live.

    — October 6, 2012 @ 10:14

  2. hanging room divider said:

    Hi, really amazing green room divider and good idea, I think you have a quite healthy life.

    — October 7, 2012 @ 21:58

  3. Lets Grow Lunch said:

    Really enjoying all of the blogs using IKEA to create interesting urban gardens. Check out this blog for more inspiration..

    — October 11, 2012 @ 01:31

  4. Grace said:

    Really, never used Ikea urban gardens – but I’ll do it, be sure!

    — November 2, 2012 @ 09:30

  5. Kiva said:

    I suppose you could always just hang planters from the ceiling all with different length cord. That would be super-lightweight, but may be a little tricky to set up.

    — December 8, 2012 @ 10:08

  6. Klayt said:

    Do this out of pvc pipe…

    — January 20, 2013 @ 11:33

  7. Emmy said:

    I love this idea and was inspired to do it until I looked up the price of the plant stands. One stand costs $40. So the 5 stand “room divider” pictured in this article would cost $200. How is that inexpensive?

    — January 22, 2013 @ 02:56

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