Incorporating plants into your home doesn’t have to mean placing a houseplant on a piece of furniture or hanging a terrarium. After all, a well-placed houseplant can breathe life into a space. But what if you don’t have the room for it? Luckily, there are many alternative ways to decorate with plants; all they requires is a little creativity.

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.The best part of this do-it-yourself project is that you get to design a display that fits your preferred taste and style.

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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:

Ladder Plant Stand Materials

ladder plant stand materials

  • 1.25” wood screws (12)
  • Drill and ⅛” pilot hole drill bit
  • Screwdriver drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • Framing square
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper

Wood and Cutting Instruction

The shot below 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.

Note: Both 50” pieces need a 20 degree diagonal cut and 70 degree diagonal cut on opposite sides. If you’re making the cuts yourself, a miter 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

recommended plants for plant ladder 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

ladder plant stand step 1

Step 1: Attach 50” diagonal piece (with diagonal cuts on both ends) to 48” vertical piece using wood glue and a 1.25” screw.

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

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

ladder plant stand step 2
Step 2: Attach the 3.5”, 8” and 12.5” shelf supports to each of the pieces you created in step one.

They should fall at 7”, 19” and 31” inches respectively, if you’re measuring from the top. The widest side of the wood should be facing the frame. Use wood glue and 1.25” screws to attach.

ladder plant stand attaching support beams

Step 3: Add the back support beams three inches above each of the side beams.

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

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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.

ladder plant stand finished

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.

plant styling

Whether 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 our home decor articles. Happy DIY-ing!