DIY Ladder plant stand

We can proudly say we are getting better and better in keeping our plants alive. We replanted about  20 Chinese money plants last year and, as you’ve probably seen on Instagram, Petra is successfully growing avocados from seeds. You know by now we are big fans of plants of all kind, and each day we’re looking for a new way to display them in our homes.

Last year we made a Macrame Plant Hanger – first DIY post for our blog’s first birthday. Thanks to the fact Taylor from ProFlowers saw that post and loved it, we got to share their DIY project Kokedama string garden on our blog. And now, once again they have an amazing tutorial for you.

This DIY is easy and perfect for all of you who enjoy little home projects, so let’s get down to business. Here’s the ProFlowers‘s DIY Ladder Plant Stand:

A DIY ladder plant stand is a great space-saving solution for those that are running out of room to decorate with plants or are tired of standard shelving. Plus, the ladder plant stand will help you curate the perfect indoor garden – maybe even a herb garden in the kitchen? The best part of this do-it-yourself project is that you get to design a display that fits your preferred taste and style.

We have you covered with everything you need to know about creating your own ladder plant stand*. With a detailed supply list and step-by-step instructions, you’ll be taking your plants to new heights in no time at all! Before you get started, check out the materials you’ll need below:

*all the measurements in post are converted from US units to metric system

Ladder Plant Stand Materials


  • 30 mm wood screws (12)
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • Framing square
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper

Wood and Cutting Instruction

TEMPLATEThe shot above shows all the wood pieces you will need to create your plant ladder stand. Reference each of the numbers throughout the cutting pieces to be sure you’re on the right track.

1 Start with one 18 mm x 60 cm x 60 cm piece of wood
Then cut into:
– 60 cm x 31 cm
– 60 cm x 20 cm
– 60 cm x 9 cm

2 Start with four 18 mm x 4 cm x 60 cm piece of wood
Then cut your first piece into:
– two 123 cm pieces

3 Next, cut your second and third pieces into:
– two 127 cm pieces (one from each board)
– two 9 cm pieces (one from each board)
– two 20 cm pieces (one from each board)
– two 31 cm pieces (one from each board)

4 Finally, cut your fourth piece into:
– three 60 cm pieces

Note: Both 127 cm pieces need a 20º diagonal cut and 70º diagonal cut on opposite sides. If you’re making the cuts yourself, a mitre saw would be handy.

Pro Tip: You can also get these pieces cut at a local hardware store if you don’t feel comfortable cutting them on your own. Always remember, safety first!

Recommended Plants for a Ladder Plant Stand


Having trouble deciding which plants will look best on your finished ladder stand? Take a look at our list of recommended plants below. If you’re looking for more detail, browse through our guide to some of the best houseplants for every room.

Each plant will need proper care to flourish in its fresh new display. Browse through our plant care guides to be sure you’re giving your plants the proper tending they need.

Once you have all of your materials and know how to care for your plants, it’s time to get started assembling your plant stand. Follow the step-by-step instructions below as we guide you through cutting, assembling and finishing touches.

How to Make a Ladder Plant Stand Step-by-Step

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Use the shot above to reference throughout each step of the project. Having a visual handy will make it easier to get everything right the first time around.

Project Time: 1-2 hrs


Step 1: Attach 127 cm diagonal piece (with diagonal cuts on both ends) to 123 cm vertical piece using wood glue and a 32 mm screw.

Repeat with the second set. This will create the two sides of your frame.

Pro Tip: Make sure that you drill in the centre of your wood pieces to avoid any cracking.

Step 2: Attach the 9 cm, 20 cm and 31 cm shelf supports to each of the pieces you created in step one.

They should fall at 17,4 cm, 48 cm and 78,6 cm respectively, if you’re measuring from the top. The widest side of the wood should be facing the frame. Use wood glue and 32 mm screws to attach.


Step 3: Add the back support beams 7,5 cm above each of the side beams.

They should be sandwiched between each of the side frames, and flush with the back of the frame.


Step 4: Add glue to the top of the widest shelf supports. Place the bottom shelf on top of the shelf supports, and screw in to secure.

We used two screws, one middle left and one middle right, but you can use more if you’d like the shelves to be extra secure. Repeat this technique for the middle and top shelves.

ladder plant stand sanding

Step 5: Sand and finish!

Sand down the entire piece to finish off your plant stand and make for a pro-fresh-ional look and feel.


Now that you have a finished ladder plant stand, it’s time to pick a spot and display your greenery! Think entryway, bedroom or home office. Add variety to your ladder stand and style it with an array of plants and decorative planters that will make a lasting impression in any space. Use the styling inspiration below to help you get started.

ladder-plant-stand-step-06Whether you’re going for something modern and simplistic or rustic and natural, you can achieve the look you want depending on the greenery you add. For more home decor and plant styling inspiration, check out ProFlowers website. Happy DIY-ing!

Check out the video tutorial by ProFlowers with easy to follow steps on how to make a ladder plant stand:

Photos: © ProFlowers

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