DIY worm farm for $20: Stackable bins for small spaces

I wanted my DIY worm farm to be stylish, integrated and cheap.

And it is. This system cost me about $20, not including the cart.

People love the integration with the herb garden. The trolley proved to be handy — makes it mobile and easy to move around, even in small spaces.

Size wise, it’s perfect for an urban apartment compost for a household of 1 or 2 persons. I hope I can inspire more people to do urban composting even in small apartments.

DIY worm farm stackable IKEA hack
IKEA items used: 
Other materials and tools: 
  • Spigot
  • Drill
  • Cutting knife
  • Pen
  • Ruler

DIY worm farm instructions:

Firstly, if you’re new to this, find more information online on how worm composting works

1. Drill many holes into the bottom of 2 SOCKERBIT boxes. They do not need to be in a perfect grid. It was a personal choice as I like them lined up.

Related: TROFAST system for indoor composting worm bin

2. Cut two lids open along the seam with a cutting knife.

cut the lid

3. Stack 2 boxes into the two lids until the seam line on the box.

4. Cut or drill a hole for the spigot and make sure to fix it properly. (This is to prevent leaking.)

5. Lastly, stack all 3 boxes together. The box with the spigot and no holes should be the bottom one.

6. The DIY stackable worm farm fits perfectly into the NISSAFORS trolley. You could have a herb garden (or storage) on top.

nissafors cart
DIY worm farm stackable IKEA hack
How long and how much did it cost?

About 1 hour. $15 for the boxes and $5 for the spigot ($28 for the trolley).

What do you like most about the hack?

It’s simple, stylish and cheap.

What was the hardest part about this hack?

Nothing really.

What to pay special attention to?

Cutting the line on the lid straight.

~ by Angela