How To Build a Fold-Down Greenhouse


If your home isn’t in such a harsh and cold environment, you won’t need an entire greenhouse to protect the plants you worked hard throughout the year to grow. When you feel some tough weather approaching, make sure you’re ready with the drop-down greenhouse. This handy DIY project will allow you to have a beautiful and un-hidden garden while still being prepared for any kind of weather. The structure is not that heavy but still so sturdy a mild autumn wind won’t tear it down. Be careful not to leave any plant touching the structure, because it will conduct the cold to anything it touches. With a few PVC pipes, plastic sheet, and some cutting, you will be able to provide your plants with a quick and reliable piece of protection. Follow the instructions from the link below to the letter and make your own fold-down greenhouse in a few hours.

List Of Tools:
hacksaw, jigsaw, or miter saw
rubber mallet or sledge hammer
spring clamps
¾-inch soil/garden auger drill attachment (optional)





To assemble our fold-down greenhouse, watch the video here or download this printable How to Build a Fold-Down Greenhouse PDF guide.


3 Responses to “How To Build a Fold-Down Greenhouse”

  1. Robyn says:

    Directions are for pvc version but I am more interested in aluminum design pictured here as well. Could you please provide plans or link for that version?

  2. Denise says:

    Please provide directions for aluminum design pictured.

  3. cf says:

    For aluminum, can’t you just substitute that for PVC? Thank you for this terrific design! I have just the place for it. My question is, if I use planters on legs, ~3′ high, do I need to make it taller to protect against cold? Just wondering if there’s a minimum distance between plant and cover re the temp, or this is more to be able to stand under it and/or give room to tall plants. Also I’d love to know how to make one like this that is 4-sided rather than a lean-to; I want to protect young fruit trees in an open area.

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