Making a Plant Stand From PVC Pipe

Overview

PVC pipe is a durable construction material that's often easier to work with than wood. It is available in a range of sizes that can be cut and connected to create many designs. It's simple to make a plant stand or any other structure from PVC pipe as long as you have the right tools and fittings. Once the plastic structure is complete, paint it with spray paint, latex or acrylics to camouflage the raw material.

Step 1

Cut a length of 1-inch PVC pipe to the desired height of the plant stand. Measure and mark a section from one end that's equal to 1/3 of the overall length of the pipe. For example, if the overall length of the pipe is 60 inches, measure and mark a line 20 inches from one end. Cut the pipe at the line.

Step 2

Reconnect the two pipes together with the straight ends of a 1-inch PVC T connector. To connect PVC pipes and fittings, spread a small amount of PVC primer around the outside of the pipe and around the inside of the fitting. Wait 10 seconds. Spread the PVC cement over the same areas. Immediately insert the pipe into the fitting. Hold it in place for 15 seconds. This reconnected pipe is the vertical support for the plant stand.

Step 3

Connect a 1-inch 90-degree PVC connector to the end of the reconnected pipe that is closest to the T connector. Make sure that the open end of the 90-degree fitting is facing the opposite direction as the open end of the T connector.

Step 4

Connect the top opening of a 1-inch diameter PVC five-way connector to the opposite end of the reconnected pipe.

Step 5

Cut four 18-inch lengths of 1-inch PVC pipe. Connect one pipe into each remaining opening on the five-way connector. This is the base support for the plant stand.

Step 6

Insert one internal end cap into each open end of the four sections on the base support. There is no need to cement the end caps in place; they fit into the ends of the pipes.

Step 7

Cut two 12-inch lengths of 1-inch PVC pipe. Attach one 12-inch pipe to the open end of the 90-degree connector on the vertical support pipe. Attach one 12-inch pipe to the open end of the T connector on the vertical support pipe. Your plant stand should now be standing with one 12-inch pipe facing one direction and one 12-inch pipe facing the opposite directions. These pipes are the plant hangers.

Step 8

Attach a 90-degree connector to the end of each 12-inch pipe. The open end of the 90-degree fitting should be facing up. This will create a lip to stop the plants from sliding off the hanger. Insert the remaining end caps into the open ends of the 90-degree connectors.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 1-inch diameter PVC pipe
  • PVC pipe cutter
  • 1-inch PVC T connector
  • PVC primer
  • PVC cement
  • 3 1-inch PVC 90-degree connectors
  • 1-inch diameter PVC 5-way connector
  • 6 1-inch internal PVC end caps

References

  • Reader's Digest: How to Glue and Join PVC Pipe

Who Can Help

  • PVC Workshop: How to Measure, Cut and Glue PVC Pipe
Keywords: PVC pipe plant stand, PVC pipe, PVC connector

About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.