Greenhouse Staging

Now that my GH is nearly built, I need to think about staging.  I have a potting bench (pictured below), one of those racks for seed trays and that's it, I forgot all about something to put my pots on!!

I was thinking of putting cucumbers at the back, tomatoes at the right hand side (as it gets more sun - is that right?) and my potting bench and seed rack on the left hand side.

Does anyone have recommendations, wooden, metal, 2 tier, 3 tier??  My GH is 6"x8" and looks like the picture image







  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,113

    I bought a very cheap flat pack wooden shelving unit in a supermarket (in France) and adapted it to be a longer 2 shelf one for the GH. I painted it with a non harmful wood preserver. In spring I put planks of wood on trestles as a temporary shelf for seedlings which I take down later to make room for the tomatoes. I have a potting bench as well, on the left. My toms go on the right.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I've just had an idea (watch out!!) I have some pallets which we were going to burn but I told OH not to chop up as I might find a use for them.....I could make a staging unit out of them??  Any suggestion it Edd that makes things with pallets??

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,113

    I think it is and Gardengirl has started, there is a thread called "pallets".

  • I use these and I think they are great for basically a tenner each. I just make sure I tie the shelves on with string otherwise they wobble around a bit! 
    Here's a link where you can buy them as a pack of 2 but you can buy them singly from places such as Asda & Wilkinsons. 

    I have the same size GH as you and I have 2 of these staging units on either side image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Fab, thank you Lizzie and Ed.  Both my boys are doing product design at school, maybe I could persuade them image

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 5,238

    I think it would be well worth trying to make your own, as bought aluminium staging is very expensive.

    On one side of my greenhouse I use trestles, with two layers of planking to form two stages. These work well and were cheap to make.

    I find that I am always looking for more space for seed trays, cuttings, mini plants etc., so put in as much staging as you can.


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  • David Matthews2David Matthews2 Posts: 454

    Wow! EDD - I'm full of admiration for your tinkerings!  My 'garage' currently houses several wannabee pallets that I rescued from skips last autumn. They're nicely dried out now, so I'll "Get on It" as Uncle Ray W says...

  • I recycled a slightly knackered examination table from work and added bits of a palette to form a second lower shelf!

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    How very strange that someone should post and bump this up when I am looking at staging.....spooky image 

    Not seen you post for a while Steve image

    I have a potting bench so think I am going to pinch a shelving unit out of Oh's garage for now, he won't miss it image

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