How to Build Plant Stands in 5 Steps
Many people who grow plants find that when they have a growing collection, they cannot simply leave them on the ground. Plant stands have been a popular piece of furniture to tame a potential jungle. Here are 5 steps to help you create that beautiful stand.
Step 1 - Decide on a Design
Depending on the location, many plant stands are multi-tiered shelves supported by three or four legs and mostly from knee to shoulder in height. If there are to be multiple plants, choose the heavier one to place at the bottom to keep the center balanced. It can help prevent the stand from tilting over. Also, keep in mind that watering a plant also alters the weight. Some designs allow for both a standalone situation or can be tucked in a corner. Others may look like planter boxes that are found on window sills, only with legs.
Step 2 - Decide on the Material
Indoor plant stands can be made of either wood or metal. Metal working can require a certain skill and technique, while wood working projects can be tackled by most any person willing to spend the time and effort. Any wood can be used for a plant stand. The decision should be guided by a few factors. Is the stand going to be used indoors or outdoors? Do you have power tools for cutting denser woods? Is there going to be a finish applied? Most types of woods can be researched as to its properties to determine which type is best for your situation. For attaching the pieces together, there are a few ways to assemble the stand. Nails are the easiest method. The downside is that nails are metal and are prone to weathering and rust, which may color the wood as time passes. Gluing is another method, but may not fully possess the strength needed to carry some weight. Dowels have been used for many centuries in attaching pieces of wood. All one has to do is to drill a hole in the two pieces of wood and lightly tap in the dowel, which can be cut off and sanded down.
Step 3 - Assemble Your Tools
Wood working projects require basic hand tools and fasteners. However, with modern day technology power tools can be purchased for any type of task from home centers such as Home Depot or Lowes. Plant stands are made of fairly easy pieces to assemble once the wood has been cut. Your basic tools should be at least a hammer, saw, nails and glue. Depending on the type of wood, an electric drill and power saw would be advantageous to have. Optionally, having a few wood clamps would aid in gluing the pieces together. Finally, a brush along and some form of wood treatment or stain could be used to finish the piece.
Step 4 - Clear / Create Work Area
A clear area is necessary to cut the material and put it together to see how it looks before fastening the pieces together. Any place, inside or outside will do. Using a couple of support stands such as saw horses and a sheet of plywood will make the ideal work area.
Step 5 - Assembling the Project
Once the pieces are cut, depending on the complexity of the design, the planter can be pieced together to see if all the edges match, and that the stand is straight and even. When satisfied with the design and look you can nail, glue and finish the project with paint or stain.