I’ll start by introducing myself. I’m Baapie a beginning grower who’s done one small grow to learn the basics. Now, a few years later, I want to do it again only a little better and bigger. The last few days I’ve been figuring out how to make the best grow room for my situation for as few bucks as possible. The concept is finally finished and I figured why not post the full detail DIY-guide here for people who want to do the same and so that people can help me and maybe even add things. So lets start!
Remember: This is not THE way to do it, things can change depending on your own situation.
For my situation I’m choosing for a 61x61x122 cm MDF-plate growroom, this is because my local store has these sizes so its easy to work with. If you want you could always use different sizes. I’m planning to build a wooden frame first of 5x5 cm beams using metal connectors, then I’ll attach the 4mm thick MDF-plates to the sides (remember to take the plate thickness into account when measuring the frame size!).
For the door I’m cutting 1/4 of a 8mm thick plate and attach it to the front at the bottom. The other 3/4 I will use as a door using two hinges on the outside. This way there’s less weight on the hinges and the door doesn’t drag over the floor. To keep the door shut I will use door magnets.
On the inside I will put radiator foil on the sides for reflection. On the bottom I’ll put pond foil so the wood doesn’t rot when it gets wet. On the bottom left there will be 3 80mm pc-fans for air intake and on the top right there will be one 120mm fan for exhaust, I’ll wire them all together using welding clamps so that I only need one power plug. For the intake I will put air filters on the outside to prevent dust and unwanted stuff from coming into the room. I’m also using a minifan to get some air circulation in the room.
Now for the lamp structure I’m using a 40x40 board on which I first apply radiator foil and then 8 E27 lamp sockets. I’m thinking of using 23W Philips Tornado bulbs because they’re cheap, easy to use, don’t get to hot and seem to work as long as they are close to our precious ladies. All cables will be connected using welding clamps and they go in a junction box, this way there’s not 8 cables hanging around in the room and again I only need 1 power plug. This lamp structure will hang in the room on 4 one meter long metal cables using screw hooks.
I also ordered a cheap hygro-thermometer and a smoke detector on AliExpress which I’ll put on the sides.
I made a 3D model of the growroom to get an idea of how its going to look (and because I was bored hehe). Here’s some renderings:
That was it for now! Next edit I’ll add the build progress.
If you have any tips and things to add please let me know and I’ll add them here!