The Simple & Stylish Wooden Plant Stand You Can DIY For Your Home

Nothing is worse than finding the right plant but not having the right space for it. Plants can take up quite a bit of space, but you can only fit so many tables in your house. Ormarys Tsui on TikTok shares a tutorial on how to build a plant stand that utilizes vertical space so you can fit many plants into one area. Many turn to hanging plants to fill vertical spaces, but that still limits how many plants you can have and wastes space between potted plants on the ground and the hanging plants. Several shelves allow you to use up all the space and enjoy even more plants.

Plant stands like this sell for well over $100 from various online retailers, but you can build it for much cheaper, especially if you already have spare wood from previous projects. You can alter this project in several ways to make it even more cost-effective. It's a versatile DIY project that leaves plenty of room for creativity.

Gather your measurements and supplies

Find the perfect spot for your plant stand and start measuring. Determine how wide you want the entire plant stand and each section. Ormarys Tsui made hers even lengths on both sides, but you can choose to make one side larger. Perhaps the most important part is to measure the height. A floor-to-ceiling plant stand would be fantastic, but remember to leave some headspace for the plants at the top. Once you have your overall measurements, it may help to sketch out a rough design so you can get measurements for the shelves. You'll need to know the length and width of each shelf and how much space you want between each one.

When you have all your measurements, it's time to gather supplies. The plant stand in Tsui's TikTok is made of several small wooden planks to create the look of small wooden pallets. If you choose this method, you'll need to determine how many pieces you need for each shelf. You can purchase pre-made ones like the Crafter's Square wood pallets at Dollar Tree if you don't want to build them yourself. Or, you can opt for a solid shelf that isn't made of slats and buy larger, solid pieces of wood that you can cut to size. As far as materials go, you can get as creative as you want. Use old metal or plastic shelves you have lying around or thrift old furniture to cut and turn into shelves.

Build an easy plant stand

Start with the base of your plant stand. Choose sturdy building materials and screws or nails so it can hold the weight of all your plants. Once your base is built, add on the poles. Secure four poles to the base, with one on each side. Ormarys Tsui placed a wooden pole in the middle of each long side and two on the back on the short sides. This allowed her to make alternating shelves that were secured in three places, making them strong enough to hold potted plants.

Once your supporting poles are in place, consider securing them at the top with another beam; Tsui only did this for the center poles. Mark the places where you want to attach the shelves. You may want to hold up your plants to help you determine how much space you need to leave for them. Once you're certain about the placement, go ahead and attach the shelves.

You may want to keep the plain wood look so the plants will draw all the attention. However, feel free to paint the pieces how you'd like. You can paint all the pieces ahead of time, but if you wait until after you put it together, you can paint over nails or screws to help them blend in. If your shelf will be outdoors, a wood finish will help it stand up to the elements better.