Build Your Own Tiered Plant Stand: A Stylish Solution for Your Indoor Plants

Are your window sills overcrowded with indoor plants? If so, I have a fantastic DIY project for you! In this article, I’ll show you how to create a simple and charming tiered plant stand using scrap wood. Not only will this plant stand solve your space issue, but it will also elevate your plants, providing them with better lighting and protection from drafts. Let’s dive into the step-by-step process of building this practical and decorative addition to your home.

Materials and Design Options

Before we get started, it’s important to note that this project is designed for smaller, lighter pots. Though it can structurally hold larger and heavier pots, keep in mind that the tall and slender design might make it top-heavy and prone to accidental tipping.

Now, let’s talk about the materials. The beauty of this project is its flexibility. While I used scrap 2×8 pieces of wood for the plant stand tops, you can use whatever you have available, such as ¾” plywood, 2x6s, or even 2x10s. The exact size of the tops is not critical, but rather depends on the size of your plant pots.

Step-by-Step Guide

To begin, cut your wood pieces into squares, and then give them a thorough sanding. It’s best to sand each piece individually before assembling, as reaching corners becomes more difficult once everything is put together. You can use wood glue and 2 ½” wood screws to attach the pieces. Feel free to use two screws per joint if you want to ensure extra stability. Alternatively, you can drill 1 ½” pocket holes into the ends of the “T” brace and secure it with 2 ½” pocket hole screws. The choice is yours!

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Customization and Final Touches

Remember, this is just a starting point. Feel free to get creative and add your own personal touches. You can customize the dimensions of the tiers, making them taller, shorter, closer together, or further apart to suit your style and plant collection.

Once your plant stand is assembled, it’s time to add the finishing touches. You can stain the base with Varathane Ebony for a sleek and modern look, while using Minwax Golden Oak to accentuate the natural beauty of the tops. The choice of stain colors is up to you, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find the perfect combination for your space.

Where to Place Your Tiered Plant Stand

Now that your DIY tiered plant stand is complete, you can proudly display it in various locations around your home. It’s perfect for positioning next to your favorite chair, by a sunny window, or tucked away in a cozy corner near your desk or bookshelf. The possibilities are endless!

Shara Woodshop Diaries setting plant on tiered black and wood plant stand


Don’t let limited space prevent you from expanding your indoor plant collection. With a little creativity and some scrap wood, you can easily build a beautiful and functional tiered plant stand. Not only will it provide a stylish solution to your space constraints, but it will also enhance the overall aesthetic of your home. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your supplies, and let’s get building!

Prefer to watch a tutorial video? Check out this YouTube video for a quick visual guide to building your own tiered plant stand.

Remember, if you’re looking for more DIY inspiration or high-quality materials, visit the Ames Farm Center for a wide selection of woodworking supplies and expert advice.

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