When it comes time to bring plants and flowers indoors because outdoor temperatures are too cool, there must be somewhere to put them. A portable raised deck in a sunroom is the perfect place. This structure creates a defined area for potted plants and allows them to get much-needed sunlight during colder months.
You will need:
• 2 ten-foot long 2x6s
• 4 six-foot long 2x4s
• 1 four-foot long 4×4
• 3-inch decking screws
• Hand, miter, or circular saw
• Deck sealant
• Pressure sprayer
• Tape measure
• Safety goggles
Step 1: Use the tape measure to determine the dimensions of the available space. Use 2x6s for the deck top, 4x4s for the leg posts installed in the corners, and 2x4s for the top, joist, and frame. Choose lumber that does not have large gouges, splits, or loose knots.
Step 2: Make 90-degree angle cuts to create a rectangular shaped deck. Cut two of the 2x4s to create the sides and one to form the central joist. Overlapped sides will add three inches so account for this when measuring and cutting. The deck top is comprised of 2x6s and a 2×4. Cut the 4×4 posts to the desired height of the deck, less 1 ½ inches, which will be made up for by the deck top.
Step 3: After all wood has been cut, begin assembling the deck by joining the wood with the drill and decking screws. Begin with the 2×4 frame and center joist.
Step 4: Drill down the deck top boards, placing screws between the boards widthwise to create a small gap between boards to serve as spacers. This allows for water drainage.
Step 5: After the top is completed, flip over the deck and attach the 4x4s in the corners to form the legs.
Step 5: Preserve the wood to prevent damage during watering by applying deck sealant with a pressure sprayer. Use the paintbrush to apply sealant in between the top boards and on the end grain. Let sealant dry before placing the deck in the sunroom and putting potted plants on it.