A DIY grow tent will allow you to extend your gardening seasoning by creating the perfect indoor environment for plants to thrive. Store-bought grow tents are very expensive and may not be exactly what you need but a homemade grow tent can be customized to meet your needs.
These free plans for 21 DIY grow tents will show you how to build your own indoor mini garden so you can start seeds in late winter so they will be ready for transplanting in early spring. You will be able to grow some plants year-round with an easy to build grow cabinet.
1- PVC DIY Grow Tent
This instructional and informative YouTube video will show you how to build this inexpensive and lightweight DIY grow cabinet.
Customize the height and width to suit your needs. PVC pipe is easy to work with and the frame size is easy to adjust. Use indoors or outdoors to start seeds or grow plants.
2- Three-Tier DIY Grow Tent
This idea uses a ready-made plastic shelf with three-tiers and builds a DIY grow tent around it. The finished size is small enough to fit in any room of your home yet large enough to start six trays of seeds.
This will also work well for growing plants year-round and/or serve as a nursery for unhealthy plants. A little PVC pipe and reflective foil bubble wrap are the main components of the DIY build.
3- DIY Grow Tent With Wire Shelves
It’s amazing how much better plants will grow when they are encased in a diy grow tent instead of growing in the open air.
A wire shelf unit is okay for starting seeds and growing seedlings. The wire shelves allow light and air to easily reach all the plants but tenting the wire shelf unit will make it even more productive.
You will be able to control the temperature, light, and humidity by creating a reflective tent to fit over the wire shelf unit. Follow these free plans to learn how.
4- Recycled Wardrobe Grow Tent
Use this idea to recycle an old soft-sided wardrobe into an updated homemade grow tent. Old wardrobes that have castors on the bottom are easy to move around and the existing frame makes it easy to enclose with reflective material.
More shelves can easily be added and/or the top bar can be used for hanging containers of plants.
The finished size of this DIY grow tent will make it ideal for placing in any room of your home.
5- DIY Grow Tent for Succulents
Succulents are easy to grow plants but they do need a warm environment in which to grow. Using a DIY grow tent is an ideal way to keep succulents alive and thriving throughout the winter months. With the large variety of succulents, there’s always a new one to add to your collection and the controlled environment inside a grow tent will keep your plant thriving.
Use these free detailed plans to learn how to build your own grow cabinet for succulents.
6- DIY Large Grow Tent
This large DIY grow tent is made from PVC pipe and reflective mylar panels and can be used for growing vegetables or as a marijuana grow cabinet. This detailed YouTube video will take you through the building process step by step.
The larger size will allow you to grow a large volume of produce but it will require a lot of indoor space. This large grow tent would be ideal to construct in a bedroom that is never used.Assembly and dismantling are quick and easy, and even though it’s a large grow tent it is still lightweight.
7- Indoor Grow Tent
These free instructions detail how to build this simple DIY grow tent that is intended for use in marijuana growing. However, this grow box can also be used in other garden applications, like vegetable and flower seed starting.
The enclosed, lighted space makes it an ideal environment for any type of plant. This DIY project is easy and inexpensive to build, and the finished grow box is small enough to fit in any room of your home.
8- DIY Grow Tent with Carbon Filter
Keep your growing plants happy inside this DIY grow tent by supplying them with a constant supply of fresh air. The carbon filter on top will provide plants with fresh air inside the box and filter out any unpleasant odors that may be emitted from the box.
This DIY grow tent is ideal for a small apartment and the carbon filter will ensure the air inside the apartment stays smelling fresh. The small exterior dimension of the box does not take up much space so it can be placed inside a closet, laundry room, or the corner of a bedroom. The box has ample room inside for growing several plants or seed trays so plants can be grown year-round.
9- Closet DIY Grow Tent
This YouTube video will show you how to build a small grow box that will fit discreetly in a closet. No one will know what you might be growing behind the closet door except you.
Great size for house or apartment, easy and inexpensive to build.
A carbon filter can be installed on the top if odors become a problem inside the closet. A laundry room hiding spot might be a good choice for this small grow box. The exterior ventilation for the dryer can help discharge odors and the laundry room is not a place that your house guests are likely to go.
10- DIY Grow Tent Lights
All plants must have light to grow, even those being grown inside of a homemade grow box. There are several types of grow lights to choose from and this YouTube video will explain the difference and help you discover which lighting source will be the best for your DIY grow tent.
This helpful video explains CFL, LED, and HPS lighting and shows you how easy, cheap, and efficient each lighting type is to use in a grow tent.
11- DIY Cheap Grow Tent
When you are looking for a cheap and easy growing tent for your plants, look no farther. This instructional YouTube video will show how to make an efficient and cheap diy grow tent with reflective material and duct tape.
The simple DIY grow tent will get the job done without having to invest a lot of money. It’s easy to build and easy to take down when the growing season is over.
12- Basic DIY Grow Tent
This YouTube video will show you how to build a basic DIY grow box that will enable you to start seeds or grow the plant of your choice.
This is a small grow tent but it’s very efficient and ideal for a small indoor space. Detailed video instructions are easy to follow and the grow tent can be built in just a few minutes.
This YouTube video also shows how one plant grew from a seed to a full grown plant using time- lapse. Great information for the first time grower.
13- Recycled Canvas Wardrobe Grow Tent
An old canvas wardrobe is an ideal size for transforming into a DIY grow box. These canvas wardrobes can be found at a very cheap price at thrift shops or flea markets. Even new ones are very inexpensive and the wardrobes give you a perfect frame for the grow tent.
This YouTube video will take you through the transformation process so you can complete this DIY in under one hour. Reflective mylar makes the interior super bright for healthy indoor plant growth and the lighting creates a warm interior environment to promote seed germination.
The size of the canvas wardrobe is just right for any room of your home and the bottom castors make it easy to roll to different locations as needed.
14- Hula Hoop Grow Tent
For less than $2 you can make a homemade grow tent using a hula hoop and a mylar blanket. Both of these items are sold at your local Dollar store for a dollar each and are the main components of this functional DIY grow tent.
Store bought grow tents similar to this one will cost around $200 but you can watch this YouTube video and learn how to build a grow tent for $2. The reflective mylar blanket is lightweight and will help ensure even distribution of the light among the plants so they will grow evenly. A few other components that you probably have on hand will complete this DIY project so you can grow healthy plants indoors year-round.
15- 4×4 Grow Tent
This DIY grow tent project is easy to create with the help of a basic ready-made 4×4 grow tent. Follow the instructions of these free plans so you can discover the other needed components to build the grow tent, like lighting, hood, and fan.
Don’t let the small size of this grow tent fool you, it will hold 8-10 plants comfortably and provide a perpetual harvest in a small space.
This is a great size for small spaces and can be used in an apartment, condo, or tucked away in a closet of your home. The cost is small too and will run you about $150 to build.
16- Beginners Grow Tent
Great grow tent and easy to follow instructions on this YouTube video will enable the beginning grower to get off to a good start.
Watch this YouTube video to learn how to set up this easy grow tent for beginners and learn how to plant seeds. You will learn about temperature control, moisture levels, and optimum lighting so your plants will grow strong.
Learn a few tricks about planting in fabric grow pots so the plant roots will develop better throughout the growing process.
17- Recycled Wardrobe
An old wardrobe is easy to transform into a new mini DIY grow room. All the shelves are ideal for placing potted plants so they are easy to access and care for, plus the plants will receive even light distribution of the open shelving units.
If you don’t have an old wardrobe like the one used in this YouTube tutorial, they can be purchased new for around $20. The mylar blankets used to cover the wardrobe are very inexpensive at the local Dollar store.
This is more of a mini DIY grow room than a grow tent since it can hold many pots of plants. But the size won’t take over a room, it will fit nicely against one wall so the rest of the room can be used for other projects.
18- DIY PVC Tent
Create the frame of this DIY grow tent with PVC pipe so it will be lightweight and portable. PVC pipe is inexpensive and can be configured into any size or shape that will easily fit into the space you have. PVC pipe is easy to disassemble and reassemble so if you need to move your DIY grow tent or expand it, the task will be easy.
Watch this instructional YouTube video to learn how to build a PVC tent that will enable you to grow healthy productive plants year-round.
19- Plant Starter Tent
Get a jump start on the spring garden season with this easy to build plant starter tent. This homemade grow room is ideal for use outdoors and will be the perfect place to start vegetable seeds easily in the spring.
This YouTube video will provide you with step by step instructions for building this DIY grow tent that will last for many gardening seasons. Not only is this grow tent good for starting seeds it is ideal for use as a plant hospital when plants are sick or need a little extra care to make them healthy and productive.
Nurture those plant seedlings in the sheltered environment of this easy to build plant starter tent.
20- Easy Grow Tent
Follow the instructions on this YouTube video for an easy to build DIY grow tent. Nothing complicated or expensive about this DIY project and whatever plants you decide to grow inside of the tent will thrive in the perfect environment.
This YouTube instructional video will show you how to build a grow tent for under $60. It is a sturdy grow tent that has a wooden frame and is meant to be stationary and used for long-term plant growing.
Place this grow tent in a closet or the corner of an unused room so the space will become a productive place to grow plants. You may want to build two of these and have one outside and the second one inside so you can have seedlings outside for the garden and adult plants inside for harvesting.
This is a two part YouTube video, so be sure to watch part one and part two to get all of the building instructions and growing tips to be successful.
21- Indoor Vegetable Tent
PVC pipe and cardboard boxes can be easily transformed into an indoor vegetable grow tent that will provide you with a steady supply of fresh vegetables year-round.
It is essential to learn how to grow food and to be able to provide for your family and a place indoor that is suitable for growing vegetable plants can help you at least provide some fresh food for your family.
PVC pipe is inexpensive and cardboard is easy to find and recycle for this DIY project. This YouTube video will give all the free instructions needed to build a DIY grow cabinet like this one from cardboard.
The inside of the cardboard grow cabinet is covered with white trash bags that will reflect the light onto the plants and help protect the cardboard from moisture. The white trash bags are inexpensive to buy at the Dollar store and will only cost around $1.