After much hemming and hawing, I decided to try out an Ikea heavy duty storage system for starting my seeds indoors. We have a blank area in our kitchen that, at the moment is the catchall space for the recycling, beer-making paraphenalia, a stepstool, and whatever other flotsam and jetsom eddies into it – it could do with some kind of organizing and I’ve planned on incorporating all of it into the plant growing shelving unit.
I decided on the Broder system because it looked like it could handle the weight of many potted seedlings, would allow me to adjust shelf heights and quantities as needed, wouldn’t be afraid of a little water, wouldn’t drain my piggy bank, and my husband keeps suggesting that perhaps I’d like to gift it to him so I know if I get tired of it, it won’t go to waste.
It can be a bit problematic to move the shelves around – definitely a two-person job – and the shelves are slightly warped but there are two things I always expect with Ikea – cheap price and, as long as you squint, it looks good. And, for those of you who quibble about having to put Ikea furniture together, hire yourself a couple of preschoolers – my 5- and 3-year-old nephews had the pieces unpacked, and the shelves and feet put together in less than an hour (although there was much fighting over whose turn it was to use the screwdriver, making me long for a screwdriver of the alcoholic kind).
For the price of a few cents over $180, I’m pleased with the shelving; it’s flexible and fits in with my urban aesthetic (although maybe not the slightly country 70′s sensibilities of our rental kitchen) – I don’t think my husband will be getting his hands on it anytime soon.