How to make a plant stand

This step by step woodworking project is about how to build a simple plant stand. I designed this plant stand so it can be moved easily and it doesn’t require a lot of materials, tools or effort. If you need a multi purpose basic bench that can be used as a plant stand or as a small entry bench, you should take a look over the instructions.

We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.


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Building an indoor plant stand



  • A – 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 32″ long LEGS
  • B – 6 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 12″ long SUPPORTS
  • C – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 15″ long, 4 pieces – 25″ long SUPPORTS
  • D – 13 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 13 1/2″ long SHELVES



  • Adjust the size of the project to suit your needs


  • One Day



Indoor Tiered Plant Stand Plans

Building the sides for the plant stand

The first step of the project is to build the sides for the indoor plant stand. Cut the components from 1×2 lumber at the dimensions shown in the diagram. Align the edges making sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the horizontal supports and insert 1 1/2″ screws into the legs. Add glue to the joints for a professional bond.

Assembling the plant stand

You can adjust the distance between the sides so it suits your particular needs.

Building the braces

Build the supports for the shelves using 1×2 lumber. Round the ends of the supports and smooth the cut edges with 120-grit sandpaper.

Fitting the braces

Attach the shelves supports to the frame of the plant stand. Drill pilot holes through the braces and insert 1 1/2″ screws into the legs. Take accurate measurements for a professional result.

Fitting the support slats

Continue the project by attaching the 1×3 slats to the supports, as shown in the diagram. You can place a scrap piece of 1/4″plywood between the slats so you create even gaps. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 1 1/2″ screws to lock everything tightly together.

How to make a plant stand

Sand everything throughly with 120-220 grit sandpaper before staining or painting the wooden components. Protect everything against the elements with a few coats of spar varnish.



How to make a 3 tier plant stand


First of all, I cut all the legs and the braces so I can assemble the sides for the tiered plant stand. If you don’t have a proper workshop or you like working outside, I strongly recommend you buying one of these folding workbenches. They are super useful when assembling medium sized projects and they don’t take a lot of space.


Next, I assembled the sides for the tiered plant stand. I aligned the edges with attention and drilled pilot holes before inserting the 1 1/2″ screws. In addition, I added waterproof glue to enhance the bond of the components.


Next, I assembled the plant stand by fitting the rest of the braces into place. I align the components with attention, drilled pilot holes and inserted the 1 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.


I attached the supports for the bottom shelf and then the ones for the middle shelf. I used a carpentry square to make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws.


After assembling the frame of the plant stand, my project started to take shape nicely. I like the proportions and I think it will be a nice addition to my home and even to my backyard. If you want to go for a two tone colors for this project, this is the ideal time to paint the frame.


I attached the slats to the shelves, starting with the top. I aligned the slats at both ends and then used spacers to create even gaps. I drilled pilot holes at both ends and inserted 1 1/2″ screws to lock slats into place.


I stained the slats before locking them to the supports. After installing them to the frame of the tiered plant stand I applied a few coats of spar varnish to enhance the look of the project.




This project came out better than I have envisioned it when designing the plans. I like the nice and unique shape of the plant stand. The three shelves also provide enough room for storing many flower pots, so its a win-win situation. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.

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