A Rusty Bed Spring Becomes a Trellis


Back when my brother was still a bachelor, I helped him get rid of a few things that were cluttering up his basement.  One of those things was an old steel bed spring that had been left there by the former owner.  Judging by its size, it was probably from a child’s bed.  

I thought it would make a fun garden trellis if I painted it, so I took it home.  I stashed it behind some bushes along our driveway fence – just temporarily, of course, until I had the time to paint it.  

That was about 10 years ago.

Earlier this summer, when Chris rebuilt our driveway fence, he came across the bed spring – still sitting, unpainted, where I’d left it.  The steel had rusted over the years, and the rust looked (to me, at least) more interesting than any type of paint. 

Sometimes it pays to procrastinate.

DIY trellis from an old bedspring

Finding Inspiration by Accident

It was time for me to either do something with this piece or give it away.  But I couldn’t think of where in the garden we could actually use it.  

Where, oh where . . . 

Chris propped it in front of our greenhouse  just to get it out of the way.  

Voila! It was almost the perfect width for that space.  And its vintage industrial look worked well with the greenhouse.  

Now it was officially no longer a bed spring.  It was a trellis.

DIY trellis from an old bedspring


But we (and of course by “we,” I mean Chris) had to figure out a way to attach it to the greenhouse.


Attaching the Trellis to the Greenhouse

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Our goals:

  • Of course our number one priority was to not disfigure the greenhouse in the process of attaching the trellis.  Impact on the greenhouse had to be minimal.
  • The trellis should stand straight and be secure.
  • And no potential for rust stains on anything.  So the trellis shouldn’t actually come into contact with the greenhouse or the bluestone pavers that were installed a couple of years ago.

The Solution

To keep the rust off of the pavers, Chris built a wooden frame around the  bottom of the trellis.


Near the top, he used two L brackets to attach it to the greenhouse.  And for this he only needed to drill three small holes into the greenhouse frame.

Now the trellis sits a couple of inches out from the greenhouse, but it is securely attached.

DIY trellis from an old bedspring


And it will be easy to remove if ever, in the future, we look at it and say, What were we thinking?


All Done!

I moved my potted mandevilla over to the trellis.  I used plant clips to attach the vines without harming them. 

DIY trellis from a rusty vintage bed spring


Now it looks as if the plant has been growing there all along.


A DIY trellis from a rusty vintage bed spring


A DIY trellis from a rusty vintage bed spring


In winter, the mandevilla will live inside the greenhouse, and I’ll have fun putting Christmas lights on the trellis.  

Other Details

I just love to dress up my dollhouse – I mean greenhouse!  Our house and garage are both from the 1920s, so my goal is to make the greenhouse, a recent addition, look like it’s been here all along.  It’s fun to add touches like this trellis and the brick veneer I did a couple of years ago.  Some additions, like my burlap greenhouse shadesthe industrial-inspired lights that my brother made, and the addition of a small trailer sink, also add to its functionality.

In summer, the greenhouse sits empty, having done its job in fall, winter, and spring.  Container plants surround the greenhouse.  This year, that included a few fun succulents – a couple of which had spent this past winter in the greenhouse.

Echiveria with lobelia





In two rectangular pots alongside the greenhouse, I mixed zinnias and salvia with rainbow chard starts.  This should be a nice transitional look from summer to fall. 

Zinnia and salvia with Swiss Chard starts.


Zinnia and salvia with Swiss Chard starts.

In late fall, once the zinnias and salvias start to crash, I’ll remove them and let the Swiss chard really take off.  At least that’s the plan.

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16 Replies to “A Rusty Bed Spring Becomes a Trellis”

    1. I never thought I’d have a greenhouse either, Debbie. Ours is almost as tiny as a walk-in greenhouse can get, but I love it. Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments!

    1. Thanks Kris, I’m glad I finally did something fun with that old bed spring. Thanks for visiting, hope you have a great week too!

  1. Cute idea! Love how you’ve placed it next to your greenhouse. ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinned! Off to read a few more of your posts. Just coming over from To Gramdma’s House We Go at Chaz’ Crazy Creations today.

    Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Love it! I looked for one for a year to hang in my craft room. Finally gave up and bought something similar at T.J. Maxx. Of course, I found one shortly afterwards. My friend bought it. I love the rust, and now I will keep my eyes out for one to go in my garden. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. You’re welcome, Jann, and thanks for hosting! Hope you find your rusty bed spring soon. Mine was boring steel before it rusted, but I don’t think it took long to rust.

  3. Heidi, I think nature’s paint job is pretty fantastic. What a great patina!!
    Thank you for sharing at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your rusty bed spring trellis at tomorrow’s party and pinning too.

  4. That makes a great trellis and keeps it out of the waste stream. There is a house in town that uses a rusty bed frame and spring to make a “garden bed” of flowers in the summer and green perennials through the winter. – Margy

    1. Margy, what a fun idea, that “garden bed.” I agree with you: It would be shame to toss something like these old bed frames. Thanks so much for visiting.

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