Do you have a big backyard that feels a little empty? Have you outgrown your mini greenhouse or 4’x6’ greenhouse? Are you a go big or go home kind of person? An 8’x12’ greenhouse feels like a true indoor garden. It will offer you plenty of room to decorate, put in shelves, hanging plants and maybe a little reading corner, surrounded by greens. Sounds good? We think so!
We have recently switched from a 6’x8’ greenhouse to an 8’x12’ greenhouse and boy are we loving it! We have moved our plants from the small greenhouse to the big one and we realized we still had so much room for extra plants, vegetables and fruits. Yay! Are you still wondering whether or not a greenhouse is the way to go for you? We’ve listed why we love greenhouse growing.
Advantages of an 8’x12’ greenhouse
- Your plants will have room to grow! In smaller greenhouses you may need to trim your plants or limit their growth, while in an 8’x12’ greenhouse there’s no stopping your tomato plant or citrus tree.
- An 8’x12’ greenhouse offers more than enough room to comfortably work and repot plants. Install a workbench and get your hands dirty. No ducking or tiptoeing from one side to the other!
- How about a little sitting corner? You don’t need much room, put in a comfortable chair and a tiny coffee table just big enough for a cup and a book or magazine. Enjoy the warmth and earthy smell. Especially during spring and fall, a greenhouse can give you that warm summer feeling. I prefer a chair made out of wicker, as many fabrics won’t be able to handle the humidity in a greenhouse (take a look underneath to see my favorites).
The best 8’x12’ greenhouses
1. The Palram Four Season Chalet Hobby Greenhouse
This is the ‘creme de la creme’ of 8’x12’ greenhouses and one of our favorites. It comes with roof vents, a galvanized steel base and lockable double doors. It has a high-quality finishing and a beautiful design, perfect as a stylish addition to your backyard. The installment of this greenhouse is not easy, we’re not going to lie to you. But when you carefully follow the instructions and you start setting up on a windless day, the reward will be great. It might be a good idea to sturdy up the panels and doors, just to make sure it will withstand harder winds. When you’ve finished the installation, you will enjoy this greenhouse for many years!
- 4mm twin wall roof panels block up to 99.9% Of UV rays and clear virtually unbreakable polycarbonate panels providing over 90% light transmission
- Reinforced, double wall & rust resistance aluminum frame
- 95 sq. Feet growing space and of head room
2. Monticello 8’x12’ greenhouse
The Monticello greenhouse is a beautiful, strong greenhouse. It comes with two roof vents, lockable double doors and an integrated dual rainwater system. The Monticello greenhouses are made in the USA and are heavier than the average greenhouse, for added stability. Like all greenhouse assemblies, this one can be quite challenging. Try to engage another person to help you (reward them with cake or cookies) and take the time to really lay out all the parts and carefully follow the plan.
It’s definitely not the cheapest greenhouse, but a greenhouse is a long term investment. We feel that the Monticello greenhouse puts their money where their mouth is. Want to learn more about Monticello greenhouses? Take a look at our Monticello review article.
- 2- 2ft x 2ft roof vent with automatic opener
- HInged Lockable Double Doors
- Integrated dual rain water gutter system
3. Palram Glory Greenhouse
The Palram Glory is one of our favorites in more categories than just the 8’x12’ greenhouses. It comes in many different sizes, from 8’x6’ up to 8’x20’. This premium greenhouse offers a reinforced, extra-thick, non-rusting aluminum structure to withstand weather conditions. The polycarbonate panels have frosted glazing to divide the sunbeams evenly through the greenhouse. This greenhouse comes with anchors, automatic vent openers and plant hangers (although you may want to get more than the 10 that are included). We have written a detailed review about the Palram Glory, take a look!
- DURABLE PANELS PROVIDE ULTIMATE BALANCED GROWING CONDITIONS - Virtually unbreakable twin-wall 10 mm polycarbonate panels provide extra protection and ideal insulation.
- STURDY THOUGHTFUL CONSTRUCTION WILL LAST A LIFETIME - Panels block harmful UV rays to protect plants from sun overexposure. The sturdy, rust resistant powder coated aluminum frame includes a galvanized steel base to add structural stability.
- STEP-BY-STEP DIY INSTRUCTIONS DESIGNED FOR HOMEOWNER INSTALLATION - Easy installation accomplished with sliding panels' assembly system.
8’x12’ greenhouse accessories
1. Reading corner
Do you also want to install a little reading corner in your greenhouse? Here’s some of our favorite decorative furniture that fits perfectly in a greenhouse. Create a me-time haven, have a sip of coffee (or wine) and breathe in the smell of wholesome plants.
This chair is one of my personal favorites, it’s so pretty and comfy, it instantly relaxes me. We’ve only owned this for a couple of weeks, so we need to see if it withstands the humidity in the greenhouse. This is however patio furniture so we expect it to last, even in a greenhouse. Make sure you take the cushions inside when you leave!
- Classic egg chair: Chair is 32 inches wide x 33 inches deep x 45.5 inches tall; Weighs 28.4 pounds; Stand is 38 inches wide x 41.5 inches deep x 78.5 inches tall; Weighs 35.6 pounds; This sturdy hanging chair provides comfortable seating for 1 person
- Sturdy and comfortable: Made with a strong, durable steel frame wrapped in weather-resistant polyethylene rattan wicker for a smooth finish with no splinters; Back is made with nylon rope and the cushions are made of polyester material for plush comfort; The stand is made of powder-coated steel for long-lasting strength
- Easy to assemble: Includes 1 egg chair, 1 seat cushion, 1 headrest pillow, 1 chain, 1 carabiner, 1 safety strap and 1 stand; This chair and stand are easy to set up with the included tools and hardware. Everything you need is included in the box; Chair collapses for easy and convenient storage when not in use
What’s not to like about this one? Budget friendly, beautiful design and supercomfy (although we suggest adding a cushion here and there to make it even more comfortable).
- MODERN: With clean lines contrasted perfectly by its round silhouette, our basket chair is the ideal modern accessory for your outdoor space. Finished with thin angled legs, this chair not only a sleek, minimalistic look but also provides a stable structure.
- HAMMOCK WEAVE: Our chair features a timeless hammock weave technique that offers incredible comfort and impeccable style. Woven to perfectly cradle your body into a state of relaxation, this chair is designed for the ultimate comfort.
- POLYETHYLENE RATTAN: Featuring a long-lasting woven seat, this style is not only incredibly durable but also provides a versatile appearance. The handcrafted details of this material allow this piece to blend seamlessly with your outdoor decor.
Another favorite! Beautiful chair and oh so comfy. We love the design of these hanging chairs. Assembly is easy and the chair is sturdy. Compared to other egg chairs, this one is very affordable. This chair can be placed both inside and outside, so definitely suitable for a greenhouse!
- 【Large Size with Soft Cushion】This egg chair with stand has super large size basket and soft and thick cushion. Bracket Size 38(W) x38(D)x 76.3 (H)inches Basket Size:29(W)x 25 (D)x 42.5 (T); Cushion size : Cushion Size :39x30x4.7inch(L*W*Thickness)Weight capacity :330LBS . The basket can be folded to save a lot of space if you don’t need it in short time.
- 【Easy and Quick to Assemble】The installation of the swing chair with stand can be completed by one single person.with the included tools and accessories; Everything you need is in one box, including the chair, headrest pillow, seat cushion, safety strap and stand.
- 【Comfortable with Premium Fluffy Cushion】With craftsmanship hand weaving,close combination, this patio chair with cushion is quite sturdy and has a lovely swinging action. UV resistant seat cushion and headrest pillow feature polyester fabric with 2000 hours color fastness which will not fade within 2 years .Doll cotton which is absolutely safe for no matter adult or kids .
These tables are suited for outside (and greenhouse) use and have the perfect size to hold a cup of coffee or a glass of wine!
- 【Selected Materials & Strong Load Capacity】Made of premium PE rattan and heavy-duty steel frame, the wicker table is sturdy and the load capacity is up to 110 lbs. The whole frame is not easy to be deformed. Plus, the side table can withstand moderate rain or wind in outdoor space.
- 【Space-Saving & Lightweight Design】The rattan side table is easy to be folded into a compact size and stored in small corners or your trunk. There will be less space occupying. Combined with the lightweight of 7.5lbs, it provides convenience to transport and carry.
- 【Extremely Stable Frame & Foot Pad】The shape of the table is trapezoid when it is fully expanded. And the whole frame is stable with two knobs at the junction of side table. Equipped with pad at the bottom, the table will in level and less item falling or damage. At same time, the pad will protect the floor from scratching.
- Our patio side table is built for both indoor and outdoor use. Ideal size to complement your patio conversation chairs, chaise lounges and sofa. Stay bright and attractive in your outdoor space.
- Powder coated steel frame structure, weather-resistant, UV-Protected and sturdy. Our metal end tables will not peel, rust, or rot. Heavy-duty steel construction can hold up to 50 lbs. 4 plastic feet on the bottom, keeping your floor from scratching and make this garden table more stable.
- Lightweight and simple design. Easy to assemble, store and carry out.
When decorating your greenhouse, good shelving can save you a lot of space and is the perfect way to group your plants. Want to learn more? Take a look at our article about greenhouse shelving!
Here are a couple of our favorite shelves for 8’x12’ greenhouses!
- MULTIFUNCTIONAL BAMBOO RACK: 100% natural bamboo, and sturdy; 9 tiers for toiletries, towels, sundries, decorative things, knick knacks, shoes, books, plants, spice and small appliances
- CUSTOMIZABLE DESIGN: 6 holes in each leg, 8 legs in total. You can assemble them into a 9 tiers linked shelf, or remove the middle shelf to get a 2 separated 3-tier standing shelves. Just enjoy the fun of DIY to assemble more creative racks
- ABUNDANT STORAGE SPACE: 9 tiers in total, you can acquire different storage space according to the different assembly method to meet your various storage need
- Corrosion resistant aluminum with heavy duty steel brackets
- Shelves easily attach to all Palram Mythos, Hybrid, Essence, Snap & Grow, Glory, Americana and Chalet greenhouse frames
- Shelves can be mounted individually or in tandem
- High Quality & Environment Friendly: This plant stand shelf is made of 100% natural bamboo,the natural bamboo plant stand shelf is environment-friendly and sturdy.Natural paint and harmless to human body.Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
- Space Saving: 4 tiers ladder framework bamboo planter organizer shelf can work as plant stand, shoes storage, bathroom organizer and many other use, gives you more choice and convenience with just a small space
- Easy to Clean:You can clean the bamboo plant stand shelf easily because it make with natural bamboo and can save your clean time and give you more convenience
What do you think? Is an 8’x12’ greenhouse your next investment? Are you ready to enjoy greenhouse growing? Let us know what your favorite greenhouse is!