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Posted by on Jan 7, 2013

Plant Stand Designs for Woodworking Plans

I’ve always enjoyed growing houseplants. I don’t have a particularly green thumb, so I tend to stay with hardier plants that can withstand a month or two of neglect. But I’ve found the steady and quiet growth of houseplants to be supremely satisfying.

One ironic downside (for me, anyway) to growing houseplants is that they grow. And growing often means outgrowing existing pots and stands. Often, I split my overgrown plants into several smaller plants and start the growing process all over again. More plants mean I need more plant spaces.

One ideal solution to this is building a plant stand, which can be a rewarding and productive weekend woodworking project. Below are a few simple design ideas if you’re thinking about designing and building your own plant stand.

Plant Stand Types

Plant stands can be generally categorized into two types: single pot and multi-pot. Single-pot stands often ressemble small side tables (in fact, a small side table is a good candidate for a plant stand). Here are a few inspirational photos of  single-pot wooden stands:

A one-pot plant stand from Raft Furniture

A one-pot plant stand from Raft Furniture

Single-pot plant stands with elegant lines from Hardwood Artisans

Single-pot plant stands with elegant lines from Hardwood Artisans

And a three-leg plant stand by the woodworking artist Kovecses

And a three-leg plant stand by the wood artist Kovecses

Lastly, an Arts and Crafts plant stand by Mark Love Furniture

Lastly, an Arts and Crafts plant stand by Mark Love Furniture

Multi-pot plant stands are also quite common (probably because of that whole growing and multiplying thing) and also lend themselves to creative designs. Here are a few multi-pot stands for your inspiration:

A standard A-Frame plant stand from Gardner's Supply Company

A standard A-Frame plant stand from Gardner’s Supply Company

A slat design using unfinished cedar from David Berthelette of Pilot Woodworks

A slat design using unfinished cedar from David Berthelette of Pilot Woodworks

A playful corner plant stand from Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals

A playful corner plant stand from Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals

A leaning style plant stand with four shelves by Maycreek

A leaning style plant stand with four shelves by Maycreek

Mission Plant Stand by American Woodworker (for one or two pots)

Mission Plant Stand by American Woodworker (for one or two pots)

Cherry Wood Plant Stand by Belak Woodworking

Cherry Wood Plant Stand by Belak Woodworking

And here are a few out-there designs just for fun:

Modern Bentwood Hanging Plant Stand

Modern Bentwood Hanging Plant Stand

Otto Prutscher Plant Stand

Otto Prutscher Plant Stand

Design by La Gardo Tackett. Made in the U.S.A. by VesseL.

Architectural Pottery WS-3 Wooden Stand for Planter. Design by La Gardo Tackett. Made in the U.S.A. by VesseL.

Burl Wood Plant Stand on Urban Houzz

Burl Wood Plant Stand on Urban Houzz

If you want to jump right into building, here are three woodworking plans currently available online:

Plant stands are both functional and decorative additions to your home decor (or your exterior). Consider coming up with your own design (using inspiration above) for a one-of-a-kind project for your favorite green thumb.

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