The first thing you need is a decent sized planter box. My planter box is 12″ deep x 12″ high x 7″ wide. The box is made of 2′ x 6′ thick pine. The box is 6′ long x 2′ wide by 6′ wide x 6′ deep. My planter sits in the basement corner at 5′ x 12′ which is also 6′ deep x 2′ wide x 6′ deep. I have a wall in between the wall to my main room and the front gate and the box rests on it allowing it very small height.
You can make the back of your planter smaller if you like to use smaller shelves for your planter box but you won’t be able to put a larger shelf in the planter box so the width of the front wall must be even with the back wall. My height is 5’6″ so I made my planter box to fit my height which was 1/2″ off of that. You may also want to add a shelf on top of your planter box if you plan to use any of the optional shelving in the back of your house.
The next thing you need to do is decide what type of wood you will be using on your planter box. We both started with cherry pine when we first saw it and started out with the box with it. The wood we chose came from Home Depot. I think I’m going to go with cherry oak for a second as cherry will help give the box some dimension. After reading up a little bit on how you can make a planter box that is smaller than you need it to be. I looked at a couple different planter box dimensions and the one I thought was most compact was 8″ x 6″ x 6″. This size would fit into the planter box I bought. If I wanted to go to the smaller dimension I could also try with a 9″ x 5″ x 7″ and use that same planter box in the basement corner.
Next, I purchased the best planter box I could find and just let the pros at Home Depot do all of the heavy lifting for me. There is some extra space in the back of the planter box in between the wall and the wall to the main room when the top is raised but you get some extra space in between the top and the back wall and a lot more space back there to store my tools.
Next I picked a 6′ long x 2′ wide