How can I turn my closet into a grow room?
Growpackage Eco Farm
Dec 27, 2019 · 3 min read
Ideally a section of a basement or large room with with surrounding walls makes a very good grow area to set up in. Most growers use a spare bedroom or a closet. Also, you will want the entry point to have a lock on it. Some growers conceal the entrance with a custom-fitted bookshelf door, large painting, or mirror.
Before you make a final decision on your grow area’s location be sure to consider that it MUST contain these elements to guarantee potent plant growth and maximum yields;
- Electricity — Enough power to run everything and safe and properly wired so no fires are started!
- Air — Fresh, and clean with carbon filter, co2 regulator, inline fan for grow room.
- Water — Easy access to water.
- Hidden — Minimizes the chance of theft or unwanted discovery.
- Ventilation — Has to be good
- Temperature — Cool area that stays above at least 60°F (15°C).
- Surrounding Walls — For reflecting and focusing “lost” light properly.
Step 1 — Choose a Suitable Space
Decide on th e size and location of your grow room. You can convert a garage, attic or even a closet to create a grow room. A grow room requires an electrical source (any normal wall outlet will do) and a nearby water supply. Carpets hold more moisture and bacteria so if you have a room with a wood, cement or tile floor that would work best. Lights and pumps create noise, so plan ahead if you are a light sleeper or have neighbors. A room with windows will allow for natural light during the day which will cut down electric usage. The room will require an exhaust fan and vent to provide proper air exchange.
Step 2 — Draw a Floor Plan
Map out your ideas for your grow room on paper. Add dimensions and placement of key elements like, exhaust fans and intake vents. Determine the size of your room, figuring out both the square and cubic feet of the room. This will allow you to purchase the correct size of lights, fans and vents. Decide where in the room your plants will go. This may be determined by where you will have to place lights and exhaust fans due to the outlets and structure of your room.
Step 3 — Insulate the Walls
Line the walls and floor of the room with mylar to prevent moisture damage. Tack the mylar directly on the walls as flat as possible.
TIP: Our expert gardening advisor, Karen Thurber adds, “Mylar will also reflect the light around the room, making maximum use of your light source.”
Step 4 — Install Lights
The lights must match the size of your grow room for maximum effectiveness. Generally, you need one 600 watt grow light for every 5 to 6 feet of room.
Remember also that lights make heat, so the more lights, the bigger the extractor fan you need. If you use natural light during the daylight hours, your lighting system needs to be connected to a relay and timer system.
Step 5 — Install Exhaust and Intake Fans
Drawing in fresh air and expelling hot air is especially important. Air needs to flow in at the bottom of the room and be extracted at the top, where the hottest air would flow naturally. The input fan should be smaller than the output fan. Air needs to flow in from inside the house, where the temperature is stable, to outside the house. Create this exchange of air 30 times per hour.
Additionally, positioning a fan’s airflow toward the grow lights will help keep temperature down.
Step 6 — Water
Lights will cause the plants to dry out quickly, so make sure to water frequently as needed. Often people with indoor grow rooms install a hydroponics system to automate this part of their indoor grow room setup.Ideally a section of a basement or large room with with surrounding walls makes a very good grow area to set up in. Most growers use a spare bedroom or a closet. Also, you will want the entry point… ]]>