Make a DIY Cold Frame from Storm Windows

Salvaged storm windows and a few spare bricks are all you’ll need to assemble this DIY cold frame that will work in almost any garden space.

| April/May 2015

I wanted a cold frame in my tiny Zone 5 garden, but I lacked the tools, patience and space to make and store one. Instead, I stacked old bricks in a rectangle against the south-facing wall of my Illinois home. Each side is two bricks high.

I purposefully sized the walls to fit three scavenged storm windows, which I laid horizontally across the top of the bricks. I prop up the glass with a stick as the weather warms. My DIY cold frame was free, it doesn’t waste garden space, and it provides extra-early harvests!

Ginger Li
Homewood, Illinois
5/22/2018 10:43:46 PM

I use the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own DIY projects – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha. Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

3/18/2015 12:53:09 PM

I am an old scrounger from way back. I have used/am using old shower doors, the sliding glass panels from old storm doors, 3/8" Plexiglas panels I scrounged somewhere, and other things made of glass or plastic. Fortunately space isn't a concern for me as I live in the country.

3/18/2015 9:44:54 AM

I built it against a wire fence as the back border which allows heat to escape at all times, but still protects the plants from frost. I used bigger bricks to allow for plant growth, and painted the bricks black to increase heat. I used clear shower doors for the glass top - easy to slide of lift the glass.

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