Using Old Windows to Build a Greenhouse

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A great way to recycle windows is to use them to make a greenhouse or cold frame. This page is about using old windows to build a greenhouse.


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This is our Garden Greenhouse made of old wooden windows. Nail four together for the bottom. Then hinge two together for the top so that one side opens. Use "L" brackets for holding the top windows to the bottom ones. Used a piece of 1x2 foot wood for bracing, then nailed it to an old end table.

Source: Husband's imagination and many different websites.

By Sue Hinely from Ludowici, Georgia

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March 16, 2009

I am looking for free or inexpensive recycled windows to build my own green house. Any ideas where to get the windows?

Erik from Guerneville, CA


March 16, 20090 found this helpful

Yes, look in phone book for home repair or builders. They always have free stuff around they want to give away, good luck.

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March 16, 20090 found this helpful

craigslist sometimes has building supplies.

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March 17, 20090 found this helpful

Try joining your local freecycle online, you can get everything on there!

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Talk to a window replacement company. Ask if they have any that have not broken while replacing.


But as far as going green it also means the conservation of energy so most of the windows are being replaced because they need insulated themselves.

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

I have found many on the night before trash pick-up on front lawns in older neighborhoods, especially in the Spring.
A neighbor told me he likes to put things out over the weekend before trash day because he feels good that items are recycled by people, instead of going to landfills. Last week I got 2 full size mirrors from his lawn and someone else got the perfect one before I could get help to go back there.

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

You may have to go further down towards Oakland, but look in the yellow pages for architectural salvage. They get out the good parts when buildings are being torn down. My first stop would be freecycle though, I'd bet you have a lot of chapters around you. Good luck

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August 15, 20090 found this helpful

Hey, geting ready within the next 2 weeks to replace my single pane metal windows. I have over 20 of them pretty much standard size and in good shape.


Just live in an area where airplane noise is a problem and will be putting in double plane windows. Live in Inglewood, CA email: iris349 AT

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