If you’re running out of room for houseplants, this A-frame plant stand can provide the space needed to add a few more to the collection. Plus, its unique design allows it to fit in front of almost any window, even in the bathroom.
Use this A-frame stand inside in winter, and then move it outside, plants and all, when the weather warms up. For exterior use, be sure to use either pressure-treated lumber or cedar boards sealed with a waterproof stain. For interior use, use select pine board and your choice of water-resistant paint or stain.
1. Mark and cut wood
Measure twice, cut once. Using a table or miter saw cut the following pieces:
- Four – 1 x 2 x 60-inch (legs)
- Six – 1 x 2 x 10½-inch (supports)
- Six – 1 x 2 x 9½-inch (shelf guides)
- Four – 1 x 3 x 23-inch (top shelf pieces)
- Four – 1 x 3 x 35-inch (middle shelf pieces)
- Four – 1 x 3 x 48-inch (bottom shelf pieces)
- Using a miter saw, cut one end of each of the four 1 x 2 x 60-inch pieces of lumber at a 20-degree angle.
2. Create the side supports
Using a Kreg jig, a clamp and pocket hole drill bit, make two pocket holes through both ends of each of the six 10½-inch support pieces. All four holes should be on the same side of the wood.
Using a pencil, mark a 60-inch leg piece with the angled end facing up at 16, 32 and 48 inches from the bottom tip of the angled end. Take a 10½-inch piece with the pocket holes facing up and line it even, but below the 16-inch mark, hold the two pieces together with a clamp, and secure using 1¼ -inch coarse screws and a #2 drill bit. Repeat at both the 32- and 48-inch marks.
Place another 60-inch leg piece on the other side, making sure it is level and square. Using the clamp and coarse screws, secure it to the three supports.
Repeat to create the other side of the “ladder.”
3. Install the hinges
Place the ladder pieces end-to-end so the angled bottoms face outward and upward on both sides. Install 1 1/2-inch narrow hinges using a 5/16-inch drill bit to create pilot holes and secure with the screws supplied with the hinges. The hinges allow the unit to be portable.
4. Make the shelves
Place the four 48-inch shelf pieces even with each other and spaced so the outer edges are exactly 10¼ inches apart. Mark 4¼ inches on one end of the 48-inch pieces and use a straight edge to run a line across all four pieces.
Place a 9 1/2-inch guide piece across the shelf pieces so it rests on the mark toward the center of the shelf board and ½-inch from either side. Using a clamp, secure the guide piece and one end shelf piece. Drill two 1/8-inch pilot holes and secure the pieces using #8 1¼-inch wood screws. Repeat with the other end piece ensuring pieces are squared.
Now do the same for the two center shelf pieces, making sure a small gap exists between each piece. Repeat process at the other end. Repeat this step for both the middle and top shelves.
5. Assemble the stand
Place the top shelf on the top supports of the ladder and open the ladder so the supports rest against the shelf guides. Then set the middle and bottom shelves in place.
6. Finishing touches
Sand all rough edges smooth with fine grit sandpaper. Paint or stain using a water-resistant coating. Add plants and play with arrangement.
- Five 1 x 3-inch x 8-foot select pine
- Two 1 x 2-inch x 8-foot select pine
- Three 1 x 2-inch x 6-foot select pine
- Tape measure
- Safety glasses
- Miter saw or table saw
- Kreg jig
- Pocket hole drill bit
- 5/16-inch drill bit
- 1/8-inch drill bit
- #2 drill bit
- 1 ¼-inch coarse screws
- 1 ¼-inch wood screws
- 1 ½-inch narrow utility hinges
- Bubble level
- Fine grit sandpaper
- Water-resistant stain or paint (not flat)
- Containers with saucers