If you follow my blog you will know I have two new Jack Russell terrors, and yes I mean terrors, not terriers. They are the most destructive dogs I have ever had but we love them anyway. This repurposed futon was the result of another one of their destructive moments.
This corner of my garden has always been a problem due to mine and our neighbour’s large tree. They were so big and gave off so much shade, not even the grass would grow. This year they cut their tree back because it had gotten so big it blocked all the sun from both our gardens. With the tree gone I thought I would try and tidy it up a bit and thanks to my terrors, they supplied me with a solution.
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How to repurpose a futon into a plant stand
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I came home from work a few months ago to this scene. My terrors thought it would be fun to see what was inside my futon cushion. It looks like they had a field day tearing it apart. I took the cushion to the tip but held onto the frame because I was sure I would be able to repurpose it in some way. It sat for a few months behind my shed until inspiration hit. I finally came up with the idea to repurpose it into a plant stand in that corner of my garden.
Taking the frame apart
My first idea was to just put it on its side in the corner, but because of the arms, it kept tipping over. I thought it would look nice with plants hanging down from them too. In hindsight, I should have just dug a hole and buried the bottom side in the ground. This would have made it more stable.
To make it more stable and lighter I removed the arms and the support beams and stood it upright in the corner. Next, I drilled a couple of holes in the fence and used thick cable ties to secure the futon to the fence. This will prevent the futon from tipping over once the pot and plants are added.
I bought some hanging pots from my local budget store and spray painted them black to blend in with the plant stand. Succulents don’t like too much water so I drilled a hole in the bottom of the pot for drainage.
Next, you can add some stones to the bottom for drainage before you add your soil and plants.
You can move the plant pots around until you are happy with how it looks.
Add some extras to the futon plant stand
I felt mine looked a bit boring, so I added a metal gecko and put my bird feeder planter in the middle. This was a quick and easy project to do and I did not have the hassle of carting the futon to the tip. The photo below was taken 1 month after I put the succulents on the plant stand. As you can see it looked like they were starting to die.
One month later and they are thriving in that corner. Succulents grow really well in our area of Australia, except between December and March when our temperatures sore to 40 degrees plus. In those months I can hang the plants in a more shaded area in my garden.
Just to show you another example of what terrorists my dogs are. I made them a really cool hobbit style dog house but they would rather pull out my plants so they can use the planter as a bed. Here is the tutorial for this planter.
Maybe they were hinting it was time for me to treat the wood again. They have a way of finding projects for me to do.
Hopefully, in a few months time with all the rain we are having, I will even get some grass in that messy corner.
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Gail @Purple Hues and MeNovember 28, 2021 at 12:20 am
What a creative and unique idea to transform your futon frame into a planter, Anita! How cool is that! Sounds like your fur babies keeps your family in a fun, quizzical mood – wondering what they’re going to destroy next. Too funny!
Anita HollandNovember 28, 2021 at 8:09 am
Thank you so much Gail tey are really naughty. They chewed the wiring on the boat the other day.
KimNovember 28, 2021 at 12:26 am
Oh boy, that happened to us once. My dog and my sister’s dog had a field day tearing into my mom’s sofa. Your solution was much more creative than ours. Lemonade from lemons for sure…what a fabulous DIY!
Anita HollandNovember 28, 2021 at 8:10 am
Thank you so much Kim, I loved how it turned out. Hopefully, they will grow out of it soon.
Patti @ Pandora's BoxNovember 28, 2021 at 12:32 am
OH NO! This is true love to keep the little terrors!! You certainly turned their destruction into a clever project. This would also make a cute privacy barrier if needed!
Anita HollandNovember 28, 2021 at 8:11 am
Thank you so much Patti. The privacy screen is a great idea too.
AnnNovember 28, 2021 at 12:41 am
You found a great solution for what those naughty pups left you, Anita. That corner is the perfect spot and your succulents are beautiful!
Anita HollandNovember 28, 2021 at 8:12 am
Thank you so much Ann, I think it will look great once it all fills out.
Marie - Interior FrugalistaNovember 28, 2021 at 1:48 am
That is a very clever idea for a metal futon frame, Anita! I’m all about saving things from ending up in the landfill so this is right up my alley. It looks like it was meant to be a lovely plant stand. I laughed out loud at your terror laying in your planter. Those eyes said it all, “what, you got a problem with this?”
Anita HollandNovember 28, 2021 at 8:13 am
Thanks, Marie, I dread coming home from work to see what they have destroyed. Max looks at me like that all the time he thinks he owns the world. Luckily we are dog people.
SaraNovember 28, 2021 at 5:15 am
Wow Anita it looks AMAZING! I’m really sorry, but I laughed so hard when I saw what the terrors had done. They are so cute through and I’d love them too despite their naughty ways 🙂
Anita HollandNovember 28, 2021 at 8:15 am
I know what you mean I was ticked off at first and sent my husband a photo with “Looks what your precious puppies have done”. He laughed so much I just had to join in.
RachelleNovember 28, 2021 at 7:09 am
Anita, like Sara, I was laughing at what those little guys did. You did a quick turnaround and made the most of it. The finished project is in a perfect spot in for your backyard with more area for planted pots. That is always a good thing!
Anita HollandNovember 28, 2021 at 8:16 am
Thank you, Rachelle, I think it will look great once it is established.
Allyson @ Southern SunflowersNovember 29, 2021 at 9:42 am
I know I shouldn’t laugh, but the picture of what your sweeties did is hilarious! The positive is you now have a very unique place to display your succulents. Awesome repurpose project!
Anita HollandNovember 29, 2021 at 4:45 pm
Thanks, We laughed too,to be honest.
Donna @ Modern on MonticelloNovember 30, 2021 at 10:33 pm
I had to laugh at this post – sorry! I once came home to a completely torn apart chaise lounge chair. I feel your pain. But we do love those fur babies. However, you came up with a stunning idea and now I am tempted to start shopping for a futon at thrift stores to recreate your idea. Love it and pinned it.
Michelle LeslieDecember 5, 2021 at 3:39 am
Oh my, No wonder you call them terrors 😀 Hopefully, they’ll outgrow their naughtiness. Our Sammy did, although it did take a few years. I’m loving what you did with the futon too, Anita. The frame is so perfect for something like this and it’s actually a good thing that you didn’t dig it into the garden bed, since you can move it around depending on the seasons. Pinned, in case I stumble on something similar.