I’m obsessed with my plant babies, but not obsessed with the prices of plant stands. Thus, I made my own! Follow these instructions to easily build your own plant stand, too.
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Y’all, I was so tired of seeing my plants on the floor. I searched all of the thrift stores several times over but I could not find an old shelf to repurpose as a plant stand. Facebook Market Place, 5 Mile, and OfferUp… I was on these sites sometimes multiple times a day hoping something new would pop up and be the perfect fit for my plant babies to sit on.
I found NOTHING! It was the most annoying defeat ever. Is it too much to ask for a table or shelf for my plants? LOL! Since I couldn’t locate any suitable secondhand finds, so I figured I could make something, because I am not willing to pay the high prices for tiny new plant stands.
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How to Build a DIY Plant Stand
I learned a lot more than I thought I would while building this simple table. I’m so happy to share what I learned with you to ensure that the build is actually very easy when you create it. Most of all, have fun and be proud of the work you make once you’re done. If you use this guide to build your own DIY plant stand, I’d love to see it! Send it to me or tag me on Instagram @oldworldnew!
Before purchasing your materials, measure the space where you plant stand will be. I placed mine under a wide window that is one foot off of the ground. The legs sit a few inches higher and the length of my table/stand is the same width of the window. The parsons table legs with hanger bolts (furniture leg screws) already installed are really tall, but The Home Depot offers them in different heights and in different shapes.
Measure the placement of table legs. I measured 3″ in from the long side and 2″ in from the short side from each of the board’s four corners.
Drill a hole all the way through with 5/16 drill bit at each of the board’s four corners.
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On the side of the 2×12 that will serve as the top, hammer the t-nuts into the drilled holes until the underside of the tee nut is flush against the table top.
Loosen the hanger bolts so that the screws in the legs are long enough to reach the tee nuts through the board/table top.
- You can use a thread hanger bolt driver to loosen the screw if you have one. If you don’t have one, you can use two hex jam nuts and wrenches to get the job done. I used the latter option with mini wrenches from DIY furniture and learned to do so by watching this video – Install Wood Hanger Screws Using Hex Jam Nuts.
Turn the table top upside down and screw legs into the tee nuts. The tee nuts actually get a stronger hold after the screw is screwed in because of the physics of torque. So glad I took physics in school and actually loved it haha!
Now turn the table right side up, and you have a plant stand! I love that I chose the tall legs because the space beneath it is useful. Another unexpected surprise is that because the molding on the ground doesn’t allow the table to sit flush to the wall, I can sit plants on the window sill and secure them by placing the table up against them. This creates an entirely new surface where I am able to place even more plants!
The Finished DIY Plant Stand
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