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How much weight can each shelf hold and what is the total weight of that the shelves will support?

We recommend about 12 pounds per shelf or about 40 pounds total per unit. The shelves and cabling are very strong, proper mounting is the most important factor when determining how much weight the shelves should or will actually support.

Use of lighter pot material and potting soil can help with the larger plants/containers. The shelves work best with small to medium sized plants and containers but a few larger plants can be displayed with a little planning.

NOTE: Don’t expect the shelves to support 40lbs if you are using drywall anchors rated for 15lbs!

 

What's the maximum diameter pot that would fit on the shelf?

If you are using square or rectangular pots then pots about 5.5” to 6" will be the largest container you can use that will sit fully contained on the shelf.

Round pots that are about 5” at the bottom and have tapered sides can be much larger at the top. These containers can be very heavy though so do take care to not overload the shelves.

Use of lighter pot material and potting soil can help with the larger plants/containers. The shelves work best with small to medium sized plants and containers but a few larger plants can be displayed with a little planning.

 

What is the depth of the shelves?

The shelves are 6" deep.

 

What is the widest shelf I can order?

28" is the widest shelf we make.

 

Are the shelves good for growing plants like herbs or wheat grass?

Absolutely!

 

Window plant shelves - Large containers of herbs!  Window plant shelves full of small herb containers!  Window plant shelves full of wheat grass!

 

Are the shelves adjustable for plants of different heights?

Yes, all shelves are easily adjusted to any position along the cables. Shelves can be removed and/or extra shelves installed as necessary.

 

Do you sell additional shelves or cables if I want to add to or change my existing unit?

Yes, you can buy additional shelves at a later date if you want to expand your unit.

You can also purchase additional cable assemblies and mounting brackets if you want to move your shelves to a new window.

Contact us if you move to a new apartment or home and we can help you get everything set up in your new windows.

 

Besides hanging from the upper window trim, what other methods can be used to suspend the shelves?

Installing from the upper trim is by far the most popular method of installing the shelves, about 90%, followed by hanging from hooks.

If enough free space is available inside your window area then installing the shelves is very easy. Problems arise when the windows are very shallow or blinds/shades occupy the space the shelves need to reside in.

We use various types of "Extension Mounts" to help you gain the extra inch or so that many times makes the difference in whether you will be able to install the shelves in a particular area, whether it be a window, in front of a patio/french door or on the wall.

Sending photos of your window and completing the "Measurement Worksheet" is very important in the process of allowing us to determine the best method to mount your shelves.

 

What type of hooks do you recommend?

If your hooks are going into solid wood then a #10 utility type hook with at least 1" screw shank should be fine. You should drill a proper sized pilot hole and ensure that the screw shank penetrates at least 1" into the wood.

Ceiling/Swag Hooks can be of two types, screw shank for installing in solid wood and "toggle bolt" for using in hollow drywall areas. If using the "toggle bolt" style, ensure that you follow all manufacture installation instructions and do not exceed their recommended weight limits.

We do not provide the hooks to install your shelves. The customer is responsible for finding a style/color that they feel comfortable with. The examples in the links above are just to give you an idea of what previous customers have found to work.

 

What do the "Extension Mounts" look like?

Lately we have been using "Aluminum Sign Mounts" to help extend the shelves in situations where 1" to 2" of extra room is all that is needed to properly hang the shelves. This type of mount is fast becoming my favorite as they are unobtrusive, easy to install, and coexist well with the clean/modern look of the shelves. They work well with both our standard angle brackets models and the units designed to hang from hooks.

These mounts need to be installed on a flat surface, usually just above your window trim but they can be used directly on the trim itself if there is a flat surface at least 1" wide.

Extension mount for hanging window plant shelves.  Hanging window plant shelves with extension mounts  Hanging window plant shelves with extension mounts and blinds.
 

For those situations where a very sturdy mount is required because you just have to ignore safety requirements and overload those shelves I can build you a "Super Mount". These mounts are big, bulky, and hard to ignore, but properly mounted, it is the strongest mount we make.

These heavy duty mounts are constructed from hardwood, generally oak or popular, and may be painted to match your wall color to help them blend into your decor.

Heavy duty mount for plant shelves - side view.  Heavy duty mount for plant shelves - top view.

 

I need 10" deep shelves, why don't you make deeper shelves

The main reason is because the 6" shelves easily fits into about 98% of windows without creating undue mounting issues.

Another issue created by deeper shelves directly relates to the use of the larger planters and trays that will then fit on the shelves. The weight starts to add up more rapidly than many may be aware of.

Many larger pots or trays can easily weight 10 to 12 pounds each, especially after watering. Since two or three of these pots/trays can fit on a 28" shelf it is easy to see how filling a three or four shelf unit in this manner could rapidly become a safety issue.

Even though I have tested our units with about 100 lbs of weight on them, I do not recommend placing more than about 40 pounds on a unit.

 

Will the shelves work with blinds?

Maybe. The problem with blinds is that they want to occupy the same space as the shelves. “INSIDE” mounted blinds can probably be made to work with the shelves but “OUTSIDE” mounted blinds will be difficult to work around and most likely have to be removed.

There are so many different combinations of window types and blinds out there that we really do have to work with you on a case by case basis concerning blinds. Generally all that is needed is a couple of inches of extension to push the shelves out so that the blinds will work also.

We are pretty good at working through these issues and can make something work about 90% of the time so send us a photo of your window and blinds and we will help you determine your best mounting option.


 

Can I open and close my window freely after I install the shelves in them?

You are not prevented from opening and closing normal sash and slider type windows or windows that tilt out.

Even though you can open and close the window you will most certainly have to take greater care during these actions simply because you now have an obstruction (shelves with plants) in the window.

If your window required two people and a crow bar to open prior to installing the shelves I can guarantee that you will make a mess if you try to open that window with shelves and plants installed!

 

How stable are the shelves? Is the bottom secured or does the unit just swing free?

The shelves do hang free at the bottom and might seem unstable when they are empty. Stability does increase as you apply some weight to the shelves.

Small bumps and knocks aren’t a problem with plants, but tall collectables with narrow bases might not fare so well. We recommend “Museum Earthquake Putty” for those that like to display glassware on their shelves.

The shelves function well and without issue if used as intended, but if installed in high traffic areas where they are extended out too far from the wall or window and/or subject to rough treatment, then you might have some problems.

 

What are the shelves made of and how do you clean them?

The shelves are made from cast acrylic and they are very easy to clean. Personally I use a duster for the dust and "Novus #1 Plastic Cleaner" and polish for the bigger cleaning. Spray a small amount of the cleaner on a microfiber cloth, just dampen the cloth and wipe, you really don't need to saturate the shelves to clean them.

Mild soap and water should work fine as well. If you know you have hard or high mineral water it probably would be better to use the "Novus #1 Plastic Cleaner", it should prevent any "hazing" that might appear when hard or high mineral water dries on a clear surface. Abrasive materials and cleaners should be avoided.

 

Can the shelves be sized for "Narrow" windows?

Yes, we can cut the shelves down to fit in narrow windows.

Hanging window plant shelves look great in narrow windows!  Hanging window plant shelves fitted to a narrow window.
 

 

Can the shelves be hung in front of the stationary side of a patio door?

Yes, you can place shelves in front of the fixed/stationary side patio or french door. Installation can be somewhat problematic as the shelves need to extend out far enough to allow the sliding door to move without hitting the shelves.

This is a fairly common request and we will need to review photos of your door to determine what type of mount will work best for your situation.

 

Can these shelves be mounted on a wall?

Yes, we certainly can design something for you that can be wall mounted. This is one of those projects that you will definitely have to contact us about so we can discuss your needs.

 

My window framing is metal, what do you suggest for mounting?

Hopefully your frame will be of a ferrous material that a magnet will stick to. A few customers have had good luck using very strong "Neodymium Magnetic Hooks" to support their shelves within these types of windows.

Using magnetic hooks is a solution that appears to work for some, but we can not guarantee that it will work for everyone. If you do use magnet hooks you will have to be very careful not to overload the capacity of the magnets.

If your window frame is aluminum you should probably consult with your buildings maintenance department, show them the shelves and see if they can recommend anything that might work.

 

Can the shelves be used outside?

The shelves should function well outside even though they are not specifically designed for such use and we won’t recommend you use them in that fashion. Using them to let your plants get some fresh air occasionally or within a covered porch or patio should be fine.

Hanging window plant shelves enjoying the outside sun!

 

Is there any reason why I "Should Not" turn the u-shaped shelves (which normally come assembled facing down) over, such that they face up?

Nope, no reason at all.

A small percentage of our customers prefer the shelves inverted, most do it because they feel the items on the shelf are more secure this way.

We have only had one customer in 6 years complain about items falling off her shelves, I strongly suspect there was a cat involved in that situation : )

Even though you can “invert” the shelves yourself there is no need for you to go through the hassle. Just let us know that you would prefer to have your shelves assembled in this manner and we will build them that way for you from the start. Shelves that are inverted "WILL NOT" accept pot/tray sizes "LARGER" than 5.5”

 

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