Indoor Plant Stand Ideas [Arranging Greenery for Gorgeous Displays]

indoor plant stand ideas

Indoor Plant Stand Ideas [Arranging Greenery for Gorgeous Displays]

An outdoor plant is a wonderful thing, but it’s also subject to harsh elements, seasonal discrepancies, and natural predators — that’s if you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor garden in the first place. Indoor plants aren’t just easy to care for; they’re also readily accessible to everyone and look great in any home! The right display can turn even the smallest apartment into a luscious Garden of Eden. With that in mind, we’ve got some indoor plant stand ideas for you.


You don’t have to settle for dumping your potted plants on whatever available countertop you have. A little ingenuity can turn everyday materials into gorgeous displays. These simple DIY plant stand ideas are great for novices and experienced gardeners alike. Without further ado, let’s get to it!



How To Choose The Right Plant Stand

“Plant stand” is a very generic term, and you could theoretically turn almost anything into a garden display. However, some indoor plant stands work (and look) better than others. Before you grab your toolbox, think about what kind of plant stand you need. It all depends on three factors: the space, the plant, and your personal tastes.


The Space

Even before you buy an indoor plant, you should consider the space at your disposal. Naturally, if you live in a studio apartment, you won’t have as much space to play with as someone living with their family in a multi-bedroom house. Depending on how much space you have, you might have to get creative with your plant stands.


At Planted Pot, we’ve curated special collections of indoor plants to suit homes of every size. If you only have a small space, check out our collection of small house plants or look at our large-leaf collection for those with bigger rooms to fill. The type of plant stand you should choose depends on the plant you plan to display and the space you have to keep it.



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The Plant

When thinking about indoor plant stand ideas, you have to consider the plant’s needs. How much water, sun, and soil does it require? Air Plants, for instance, thrive without soil and fertilizer, giving you much more freedom in creating a display.


Sunlight is one of the most important factors to consider when making a plant stand. If very few spaces in your home get adequate sunlight, your plant stand options may be more limited. Alternatively, you could search for plants with a high shade tolerance; that is to say, they can tolerate lower light levels.


On the other hand, too much sunlight can burn a plant — a condition known as leaf scorch. If your home is very bright, you might want to use a tiered plant stand to create a shady canopy for more light-vulnerable species.


It may seem obvious, but you’ve got to consider the size of the plant that you’re dealing with. Remember, they’re going to grow! Generally speaking, tall plants like Monsteras and Ponytail Palms look best when displayed on low pedestals or even with no stand at all. In contrast, small plants like Air Plants and Anubias look great in collective displays.


Aesthetic Preferences

Of course, your aesthetic preferences are a big factor in choosing a plant stand. What materials fit your style? Are you looking for a rustic scrap wood appearance, mid-century modern design, an elegant glass terrarium? Your houseplant displays should reflect your personality!



Stand Types

Different types of plant stands suit different spaces and plant species. They mainly differ in their size and how they distribute light to the plants. Here are the basic types of plant stands you should familiarize yourself with:


Single Surface Plant Stands

Single surface plant stands are the simplest variety. As the name suggests, we’re talking about single-level displays usually reserved for one plant. These can be made from repurposed home decor and suit all kinds of plants. Single surface plant stands work best with larger plants that have some height to them.


Tiered Plant Stands

Tiered plant stands allow you to arrange plants vertically and are a great way to make the most of a small space. These stands look like bookshelves or ladders (they might even be bookshelves and ladders!) and allow you to create layered displays. Tiered stands work especially well with smaller plants, where you can create a miniature garden scape with varying heights of foliage.


There are multiple varieties of tiered plant stands. One of the most popular is the A-framed plant stand. This is essentially a ladder opened into an “A” shape (go figure) with display shelves on either side. The main appeal of an A-framed stand over other tiered plant stands is that it allows for better light distribution, giving all the plants equal access to the sun.


Hanging and Wall-Mounted Displays

Hanging displays might be the most dramatic way to show off your green thumb. These are essentially suspended plant stands descending from the ceiling. They’re easy to make at home, and they’re a great option for people with limited surface area in their homes.


Wall-mounted plant stands are another great, space-saving option. Instead of using a shelf, ladder, or store-bought tiered stand, why not use a wall-mounted shelf or cabinet? These only work for plants on the smaller side, as large plants and heavy pots could be too heavy or unwieldy for a suspended display to support.



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Indoor Plant Stand Ideas

There are endless possibilities to consider for indoor plant stand ideas! You can buy a plant stand from a home improvement store, or you can make your own! Relax, we’re not going to tell you to break out the power tools or pour a concrete plant stand. You can easily make DIY plant stands from common household items and repurposed furnishings.


DIY Single Surface Plant Stand

You can make a single surface plant stand out of just about anything. Does it have a surface? Well, guess what, it’ll do! You only need to consider the size of the plant and its needs. We’ve got just a few pointers to get you started.


Footstools make terrific single surface stands, especially for tall plants that benefit from a lower display. An overturned crate makes a nice wooden plant stand with a rustic look. You could make a colorful stacked book plant stand in your favorite reading space or use an end table to display potted plants in your living room. The possibilities are endless!


DIY Tiered Plant Stand

Now we start to get creative. What can you make a tiered plant stand from? Stepladders and bookshelves are undoubtedly the easiest and most popular options. You don’t have to sacrifice a whole bookcase to do this. A single shelf or even a section of a shelf can do. You can mix plants with other home decor items for variety in your displays. Be careful, though. Bookshelves can limit the amount of sun your plant gets.


A ladder stand creates an A-framed structure for good light distribution. You can place a smaller step ladder on a counter, table, or desktop with window access to create a lovely small plant display. Alternatively, you can use a tall ladder to create a jungle canopy effect in your home! Just be sure to keep weight in mind and evenly balance plants on either side of the ladder, so the stand stays sturdy.



Popular Indoor Plants to Display on Stands

Most indoor plants are suitable for displaying on a stand. However, some plants look especially regal when they get a prominent place on a pedestal. With that in mind, here are some popular indoor plants that you can display on a stand.


Small Plants

Calling all apartment dwellers! Limited space doesn’t mean limited potential. There’s a whole world of small plants out there for you to explore. If you’re working with smaller display areas, consider these plant species:


  • Anthurium: Boasting bold colors like purple and red, an Anthurium will surely light up any home. These scene-stealing plants are durable to boot, making them ideal for first-time home gardeners.
  • Tillandsia: Tillandsia, a.k.a. Air Plants, are marvelous little things. They don’t need any soil. Instead, they absorb water through trichomes — tiny hair-like appendages on their leaves. Since they are small and require no soil, you can display them on any type of stand. They might be the most versatile display plants in the world!


Large Plants

If you have the space to spread out, you may enjoy larger plant species. You may carefully prune some plants to reduce their size, making them suitable for smaller spaces. However, exercise caution and air on the side of letting the plant grow as it naturally would. Some larger varieties that look great on a stand include:


  • Hedera Helix ‘Green California’: Also known as English Ivy, Hedera Helix is a gorgeous, low-maintenance ivy variety. It can grow as large as you like, or you can trim its vines, so it fits perfectly in the space you have. These look great high up on a tiered plant stand or in a hanging display, where their leafy vines can cascade down.
  • Ficus Fiddle Leaf Fig: The Fiddle Leaf can grow up to 6 feet tall in a large enough pot, and its leaves can reach a foot in length! This impressive specimen looks great on a low, single-surface stand. Keep it in a room with plenty of bright, indirect light and watch it thrive!


Low-Light Plants

If your home doesn’t get a lot of sun, or you’re making a stand with a bookcase or shelf that blocks out some of the light, you would be wise to get a low-light indoor plant. These varieties demand less light from their environment, making it easier on you. They also look great on a stand. Great low-light plant species include:


  • Pilea Peperomioides: You can easily spot a Pilea Peperomioides by its distinctive circular leaves. It is also known as the Chinese Money Plant and has long-standing status as a symbol of prosperity. While most plants wither in the cold, Pilea Peperomioides thrives even in lower temperature environments, making it a great choice for those who live in colder regions and don’t want to run up the heating bill.
  • Philodendron Cordatum: This popular greenhouse plant is also known as the “Sweetheart Vine” due to its heart-shaped leaves. Kept in a pot, it can grow up to 4 feet, with gorgeous leafy vines that look incredible cascading down the side of a tiered stand.



Final Thoughts – Indoor Plant Stand Ideas

With the right indoor plant display, your home can look as lush as the world outside. Choosing the right stand for your plants isn’t rocket science. Just consider the plant’s needs, the space at your disposal, and the look you want to cultivate.


Check out the Planted Pot store to get started on your indoor garden. We carry all the plants we discussed in this article and many more. Discover our collection, and join us in celebrating the great indoors!

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