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Revision as of 12:24, 7 May 2014

1.0 What you need

Bills of Materials

The structure
Type References & Dimensions Quantity Unit price Total price
Wooden battens L=2m40 or 2m50, section ~2cmx2cm 11 4.5 € 50 €
Screws 4.5mm x 60mm, for outside use 30 0.20 € 6 €
Geotextile 3 m2 (bottom included),

1.5 m2 (sides only)

2 €/m2 10 €

(?, often sold in larger quantities)

Palette wood 3 palettes 0 0

The cover
Type References & Dimensions Quantity Unit price Total price
Plastic film transparent, U.V. resistant, 200 microns


8 m2 2.20 €/m2 18 €
Hook and loop fastener (Velcro) 20mm wide 15 m 35 € / 25m 21 €
Sewing Thread ? ? ? ?


Wooden battens

To optimise the number of battens that you need, and to minimise the amount of wasted wood, the following dimensions are a good compromise (all dimensions are measured inside the greenhouse, see here): For 2m40 battens: WxDxH = 1.10m x 1.10m x 1.34m. For 2m50 battens: WxDxH = 1.16m x 1.16m x 1.40m. In both cases, you will need 11 battens.


Inside the box, you can either use geotextile or plastic sheets for "drainage" (google). In french, search for "feutre géotextile" and "drainage vertical alvéolé" (example). If the greenhouse will be put on a terrace, a hard surface, or polluted ground, you have to cover the bottom of the box with geotextile that let's the water through. If the greenhouse is put on soil, you only have to protect the sides of the box.

Plastic cover

For the cover, we use transparent, U.V. resistant, 200 microns plastic film. It's not the most beautiful solution but it's the cheapest one. Alternative solutions (glass, transparent polycarbonate, or polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA, or Plexiglass)) are much more expensive.


So far, we've used hook and loop fasteners (velcro) to fix the greenhouse cover. Alternative options are snap fasteners and eyelets (Fr.: oeillet metal) but we haven't tried them, yet.


The cover
The structure
  • Paper tape, useful also as an alternative to the clamps
  • Pencil and meter
  • Nail pincers or nail pullers (to remove nails from palette wood)

1.1 Design your greenhouse (dimensions)

Use the Calculator

1.2 Build the greenhouse structure

1.2.1 Cut the wooden battens

1.2.2 Assemble the battens

1.2.3 Cut the palette wood

1.2.4 Assemble the side panels

1.2.5 Add the geotextile

1.3 Make the greenhouse cover

1.3.1 Draw the shape on the plastic

1.3.2 Cut the plastic

1.3.3 Sew the velcro

1.3.4 Fi the velcro on the greenhouse