Best Indoor Plant Stands

Updated October 2021
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Buying guide for Best indoor plant stands

Whether you’re just starting to grow a few houseplants or have been caring for indoor plants for years, you need a place for them that keeps them healthy and safe, as well as displays them to their best advantage. If you’re ready to move your houseplants off countertops, floors, and end tables, you’re ready for an indoor plant stand.

The benefits of growing and caring for houseplants are well known, ranging from stress reduction to improved air quality. An indoor plant stand helps you to better organize your plants and position them in the best possible light, literally and figuratively.

When shopping for an indoor plant stand, there are a number of factors to consider, from style and capacity to size and price. 

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An attractive plant stand is definitely a plus but think carefully before buying one so flashy that it detracts from the beauty of the plants on it.

Key considerations

Capacity

When we talk about the capacity of an indoor plant stand, we’re talking about a few different factors from quantity to size to weight.

How many plants do you have? If you have many houseplants, you need a stand with several tiers or shelves to properly display them all.

How large are your plants? Houseplants and their pots come in a variety of sizes. Whether you’re partial to tiny succulents, giant ferns, or something in between, you need an indoor plant stand with shelves that can accommodate your plants and pots.

How much do your plants and pots weigh? The shelves on your indoor plant stand need to be able to support the weight of the plants and their pots. Weight capacity varies greatly: some stands can support 50 pounds or more. Weigh your potted plants on a bathroom scale before ordering a plant stand so you know the total weight that the stand needs to support.

Size

Another factor to consider is the size of the indoor plant stand. Generally speaking, the larger the stand, the more plants it can hold. However, a larger stand takes up more space in your home, which could be an issue if you have limited space. Be sure to measure the space where you intend to put your plant stand before ordering it. In addition to the width and length of the stand, also note the height and take into account the height of any plants you want to put on the top shelf of the stand.

Durability

You don’t want an indoor plant stand that is so flimsy that it could potentially tip over, leaving you with a mess of soil, broken pots, and damaged plants. Pay particular attention to the weight capacity (mentioned above) and don’t exceed it. If your plants are heavy, look for a heavier stand with a wide, stable base. A pyramid-shaped stand is one way to concentrate the weight for better stability.

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Did You Know?
If you have the room, a large plant stand can hold not only all your plants but also an array of books, photographs, and keepsakes.
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Features

Materials

Most indoor plant stands are made of wood, metal, or plastic.

Wood: You’ll find wooden indoor plant stands made of attractive, durable hardwoods like oak and lighter, less durable wood like bamboo. Some are made of plywood and other types of manufactured wood. Wooden indoor plant stands are usually multitiered and fairly lightweight. Some are pretreated to be more water-resistant.

Metal: You’ll find durable and long-lasting indoor plant stands made of wrought iron, steel, and aluminum. They are heavier than wooden models, particularly those made of iron. Some metal stands are powder-coated to protect them from moisture, prevent rust, and improve their overall durability.

Plastic: Less common are plastic indoor plant stands. While inexpensive and lightweight, they are also less durable and many look cheap.

Components

Tiers/shelves: Indoor plant stands can have from one tier or shelf to a dozen or more at different levels. The more shelves, the more plants you can display. Many wooden stands, in particular, have a variety of tiers for displaying numerous plants. All the shelves should be durable and level.

Feet: While not all indoor plant stands have feet, some (metal, in particular) have rubber or felt feet to help protect hardwood and other flooring in addition to preventing the stand from sliding around.

Design

Indoor plant stands are obviously functional, but they can also be decorative. You might gravitate toward a simple or basic design or seek a unique, ornate stand. Indoor plant stands range from rustic to modern to elaborate in a variety of colors and with all sorts of decorative elements. Your choice, of course, will be based on the décor in the room and your own aesthetic.

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Put large, heavy plants at the bottom and add progressively smaller, lighter plants to the upper shelves. Place trailing plants like ivy on higher tiers.
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Indoor plant stand prices

Inexpensive: The indoor plant stands that cost less than $25 are simple, often capable of supporting a single plant. While some stands in this range can hold multiple plants, they are usually only capable of supporting small pots.

Mid-range: The size of indoor plant stands increases with the price. Stands in the $25 to $40 range are larger and more durable. Multitiered wooden stands are common here.

Expensive: Indoor plant stands that cost over $40 tend to be large multitiered wooden stands or elaborately designed metal stands. Indoor plant stands that cost over $100 are highly decorative, durable, and usually made of metal.

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Plants like ivy, lily, and philodendron are toxic. If you have any of these and children or pets, choose a tall enough stand to keep the plants out of reach.
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Tips

  • Put a drain tray or saucer under each pot. Regardless of how waterproof your indoor plant stand is, drain trays or saucers beneath the pots will protect the stand and the floor under it.
  • Match the pots to the stand. You can add to the overall decorative effect of your indoor plant stand by coordinating its color or design with the containers.
  • Put all your plants on one stand. If you have several plants, buying one stand to hold them all as opposed to buying individual stands can save you a considerable amount of money.
  • Paint the stand. Is the color keeping you from buying the indoor plant stand you really like? Consider painting it. You might need to hunt for a particular kind of paint or primer (such as for metal), but painting the stand is a relatively quick and easy way to change its appearance to better suit your space.
  • Fill a corner. A corner makes a great location for one large plant, such as a ficus or corn plant.
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If you’re in the market for an elegant plant stand, consider metal. Metal stands offer more in the way of ornate design than either wood or plastic stands.

FAQ

Q. How do I know what size indoor plant stand to buy?

A. There are two primary factors to consider when deciding what size indoor plant stand to purchase: available space and the number of plants. If you live in a tiny apartment, a large plant stand could easily overwhelm it. Measure your available space before deciding on a specific stand. If you only have one or two plants, a large stand would be overkill unless you’re also going to display additional items on it, such as books, candles, and photos.

Q. Can an indoor plant stand also be used outside?

A. In some cases, moving houseplants outside during the summer is beneficial to the plants and helps to liven up your deck or other outdoor living space. If this is your goal, be sure that any plant stand you buy is able to move with your plants. Plastic can usually be used either inside or outside. If you have a metal or wooden plant stand, it needs to be water-resistant or waterproof, so make sure a metal stand is powder coated and a wooden stand is treated in some way. While many metal stands are already weather-resistant, you could be on your own in terms of protecting a wooden stand.

Q. Do these stands come assembled?

A. Some indoor plant stands ship fully assembled, while others require assembly. Even if you do have to put it together, it isn’t as complicated as an entertainment center. Any assembly should be easily manageable. Read through the product description and included instructions to verify that you understand what’s required to put the stand together. Also check that all the hardware or other parts are included, and you have all the tools you need. If any step is unclear, reach out to the seller with any questions.
 

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