Build a Greenhouse Out of Free Pallet Racking

What do you do when you want a greenhouse but don’t want to spend a fortune to make it happen?

Hit up Craigslist. And that’s just what Jason Ellis of Rock Hill, South Carolina did.

He found some free pallet racking and put it to use, converting it into the framework of a spectacular DIY greenhouse. Pallet racking is the metal framework that pallets are stored on in warehouses – similar to giant sized shelving.

Growing seedlings in the pallet rack greenhouse.

And they fit together like a giant erector set.

And better yet, they often available on Craigslist for free, or for a small fee.

Assembling the pallet racking | Gardener's Path

What about the rest of materials? Jason found many of these free or nearly free as well.

Building the pallet rack greenhouse | Gardener's Path

He purchased a bunch of old, early 1900s single pane windows for $8 each, from a window installer who had removed them from an old Wells Fargo bank.

Both rustic charm and cheap glazing in one fell swoop.

Construction of the pallet rack greenhouse | Gardener's Path

Other materials, such as doors and smaller windows, were also found for free.

Jason only had to purchase a little extra wood, screws, caulk, and exterior paint that was on clearance for $5.

Little girls helping to build the pallet rack greenhouse | Gardener's Path

Even his siding was free. He had some old pallets that were weathering for about year to obtain that rustic patina that we all love.

Jason decided 8′ x 9′ was large enough, but he has enough pallet racking to double the size of the structure if he wants.

Jason, his wife, and kids slowly assembled this structure over the course of a few weeks, and although he professes to be a novice carpenter, we think he did a heck of a job.

Pallet racks rabbit cages | Gardener's Path
Pallet rack rabbit cages.

As a bonus, the couple were able to use some of the extra pallets as stands for rabbit cages as well.

Jason also states that he’s never seen anyone repurpose pallet racking in such a manner – and neither have we!

Finished green house | Gardener's Path

Looking for even more inspiration? Be sure check out these other great ideas for DIY greenhouse builds.

Have you built a low cost greenhouse out of free or nearly free materials? Let us know in the comments below!

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Nicole (@guest_568)
6 years ago

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Allison Sidhu
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6 years ago

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Susan (@guest_1326)
6 years ago

I love this idea. Many of these ideas don’t really have plans laid out so you could follow them. They seem to be just ideas they are beautiful ideas but I would have a hard time following them as a single girl.

SAA6 (@guest_4260)
5 years ago

Well done, Jason. It’s lovely.

We have used our old 5’x5’ 1950’s windows, old kitchen door, free 1960’s slider windows, glass bricks off of Craigslist, and free rock.

It’s not cheap at all, but it’s certainly well made by a talented contractor and a master artisan stonemason.

My point is that we upcycled much building materials to create our handsome 10’x12’ solar pit greenhouse.

Les Kownacki
Les Kownacki (@guest_6844)
4 years ago

This is brilliant, I have access to the odd pallet and I have already made a pallet planter box yet to be filled but I am well on the way, many thanks for this! 🙂

alexsandra (@guest_8033)
4 years ago

Love this article! Thank You! What size pallet racks did he use for the greenhouse?

Allison Sidhu
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Reply to  alexsandra
4 years ago

Thanks Alexsandra! This is 96-inch pallet racking (8 feet tall). I believe the width dimension is 36 inches, though you may find 42-inch-wide racking that could be used as well.

Gloria (@guest_11347)
3 years ago

Do you have a how to book out? That would be awesome to share how you made everything with a list of all your resources as well.

Gloria (@guest_11348)
3 years ago

Please also add me to your mailing list.

Allison Sidhu
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3 years ago

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JOHN JOYAL (@guest_17057)
2 years ago

I made a shed out of old pallets and windows, kind of like a GREENHOUSE of sorts. Check it out !! See attached

Clare Groom
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Reply to  JOHN JOYAL
2 years ago

That’s awesome John! Thank you for sharing!