Introduction

Hanging a Window Box tout »
Add a splash of color and visual interest to your home with a traditional wooden window box. These charming wood boxes have been used for centuries the world over to dress up plain, somber windows. And now you can install one in just an hour or so with a minimal amount of effort or expense. Here, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows the best way to install a prefabricated window box. According to Tom, successful installation depends on proper placement of the box and braces on the house, and securely attaching the components with the appropriate fasteners.

And if your green thumb is a bit out of shape, don’t worry. This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook gives his top tips for preparing, planting and maintaining window boxes. So take the afternoon off, roll up your sleeves and put up a window box or two.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Cordless drill with Phillips tip
    • four-foot level
      4-foot level
    • two-foot level
      2-foot level
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • Countersink bit
      Combination countersink/counterbore bit

    Shopping List

    1. WINDOW BOX

    2. TWO WINDOW BOX BRACKETS

    window boxes longer than 48 inches need a third, center bracket



    3. 2 1/2-INCH DECKING SCREWS

    4. 3-INCH DECKING SCREWS

    5. CONTAINER SOIL

    6. PAINT OR STAIN

    7. FLOWERS AND PLANTS