How to Build a Plant Stand


The use of a plant stand allows air and light to circulate among plants which means stronger foliage and healthier blooms. Instead of laying on a table or trailing on the floor, vining plants grow downward in a natural manner when using a plant stand. A quality plant stand does not come cheap but making one at home helps reduce the expense. Some simple materials and an easy design allows you to build a plant stand in less than a day.

Step 1

Put on the safety glasses and the dust mask. Sand down all the wood pieces to remove any rough spots. Wipe clean with a cotton cloth to remove any loose particles.

Step 2

Drill a hole straight into the middle of each spindle or dowel rod half the length of the dowel screws. Twist the screws into the spindles to create the legs of the plant stand.

Step 3

Choose which side of the wooden disk will be the top. Turn the top downward and mark three evenly spaced spots on the bottom of the disk. These dots represent where the legs of the plant stand connect to the wooden disk. Starting from the outside of each mark and drilling inwards towards the middle of the wooden disk, drill three holes, carefully, at a 30-degree angle, half the length of the dowel screws. The angled drill hole allows the legs to splay out and create a triangular pattern when set on the floor.

Step 4

Put on the rubber gloves. In a well ventilated area, use a clean cloth to stain the legs and the base of the plant stand. Allow to dry until tacky and add another coat of stain if desired. Dry at least 3 hours before continuing.

Step 5

Screw the spindles into the screw holes of the wooden disk. Tighten securely into place. Add the rubber stoppers to the bottom of each leg to keep the stand from slipping or scratching up the floor. Spray the entire stand with at least two coats of polyurethane spray to protect from moisture. Allow the stand to dry 24 hours before using.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 turned spindles (2 feet long) or dowel rods
  • 1 wooden disk (1 foot diameter by 1 inch thick)
  • 3 rubber chair stops
  • 3 partial thread dowel screws (1/2 inch by 3 inches)
  • Wood stain or varnish
  • Polyurethane spray
  • Dust mask
  • Protective eye wear
  • Rubber gloves
  • Clean cotton cloth
  • Drill
  • Sand paper


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JulieAnn is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for 30 years. Recently JulieAnn has written a variety of e-books and numerous articles on gardening, small business, and farming. JulieAnn is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her Bachelor's degree in English.