How to Build a Corner Plant Stand


A plant stand is a table or shelf made to hold indoor or outdoor potted plants. Build a corner plant stand or standard plant stand with one or more tiers to hold numerous plants, and if the plants do not do well, the stand can be recycled for use as a corner table or bookshelf.

Step 1

Purchase a piece of plywood, pre-cut into a circle; this will make the cuts you have to make later much easier. The plywood should be between 2 and 4 feet in diameter, depending on how wide you want the tiers of the stand to be. A 2-foot-diameter plywood circle will make a stand 1 foot wide from the corner to the outer edge of the stand.

Step 2

Draw a line straight through the middle of the plywood piece, using a tape measure or the L-shaped carpenter's square. Use the protector to draw another line that intersects the exact middle of first line to create a 90-degree angle. You should now have four sections drawn that are equal in measurement. These will be the tiers of your plant stand, should you choose to use more than one tier.

Step 3

Cut the plywood into the four pieces using a miter saw. If you only plan to use one tier on your plant stand, reserve the other three pieces for later use on another plant stand or on a corner shelf.

Step 4

Measure and cut the three wooden spindles into the desired height for your plant stand. For more than one tier, cut the spindle into parts that will fit in the intended height of each tier.

Step 5

Start with the top tier and glue, screw, or hammer the spindle legs onto the stand's top or only shelf. For a many-tiered stand, use only the spindle legs that have been cut to fit the intended height of the first tier. Hammer, glue, or screw the top tier onto the stand at the corners of the shelf piece; the piece with a 90-degree angle adjacent to a rounded edge.

Step 6

Continue gluing, nailing, or screwing the tiers into place until all shelf surfaces are in place and the plant stand is of the desired height. Sand all surfaces of the stand and then paint on wood water sealant, according to directions included on the packaging.

Step 7

Clean the brushes with paint thinner and allow the water sealant to dry overnight before painting or staining the table. Allow the painted or stained plant stand to dry overnight again before first use.

Things You'll Need

  • Plywood circle
  • 3 wooden spindles in desired height
  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter's square
  • Protractor
  • Pencil
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer
  • Power screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Water sealant
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint thinner
  • Paint or wood stain


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Keywords: indoor or outdoor potted plants, corner plant stand, corner shelf

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Stephanie Daniels is a freelance writer residing in Louisa, Kentucky. Daniels focuses on parenting, children, gardening and home decor articles. She was the manager of Home Decor for Home Depot for 4 years. Daniels has written for many online publications and enjoys ghostwriting.