Traditional plant stands seem to come in two styles: those mid-century-modern ones that stay low to the ground and fit just one big pot and the more bookshelf-style bamboo units with a few shelves that can hold a bunch of smaller plants. Both styles can be good-looking and super-functional, but they’re also a bit limiting. Thankfully, a plant stand can really be any object you can place a plant on, and one sweep of the internet will reveal that you can put plants on lots of things.
If you have a medium-size plant teetering off the edge of your windowsill, why not put it on top of a stool instead, or a bar cart, or floating shelves? If you’re a bit of a plant hoarder, with every square inch of floor and table surfaces covered, you can use rolling utility carts, shoe benches, or bookcases to better organize your collection. No matter what kind of “stand” you choose, though, you’ll want something that has an open design to let in light and that can support a decent amount of weight and hold up to the occasional water spill. Below, we rounded up some plant stands we like — along with some end tables, step stools, art-supply carts, wooden crates, and more things you can also definitely put plants on.
Actual plant stands
Make your plants the centerpiece of your home with this dramatic plant archway. Between the different-size shelves and the hooks for hanging, you’ll find a spot for every plant in your collection with this stand.
With a bottom shelf that’s only 12.6 inches square and progressively narrower middle and top shelves, this plant stand has a small footprint but can still hold a few medium-size plants. The top shelf would be great for a pothos or another hanging plant.
This style is everywhere for good reason. Mkono’s 12-inch wooden stand unfortunately does not come with the white pot shown here, but it will work with any pot that’s 10 to 12 inches in diameter. You can also flip the stand over to switch between two height options.
This gold version is the same concept and will accommodate the same size plants, but it will suit your space better if your accents are more brass than wood.
This three-tier foldable plant stand could easily fit a dozen small or medium-size plants. It’s 27.6 inches wide, with shelves that get progressively less deep. Plus its naturally water-resistant bamboo material would work well indoors or out.
Sometimes there’s only one corner that gets just the right amount of light. Or maybe a tight corner has the only floor space you can spare. Either way, this smartly designed plant stand lets you use your free corner space as plant storage. And with six shelves, all at different heights, you can experiment with various arrangements.
This is an equally dynamic shelf but it’s on wheels, which means you can easily move all your plants at the same time — whether it’s for better sunlight or to take them outside for a mess-free repotting day.
If the wooden multitiered stands are too boho for your taste, this metal one will fit right in with your modern decor. Each ledge can hold up to an eight-inch pot.
Pedestals that could be plant stands
A clear acrylic sculpture-display pedestal for a very special plant. It’s just shy of three feet tall and has a 12-inch-square footprint, so it won’t take up much space.
This set of two plant pedestals might take up more room, but the open design will still make them feel light in your space.
If you’re looking for a pop of color, this hand-painted perch is perfect for giving your plant that little oomph that it needs — and an extra boost (six inches) to put it up in the sun.
Utility carts that could be plant stands
Metal utility carts make great plant stands because they’re durable and the multiple shelves provide plenty of space. You could even hang a watering can or mister off the side with a hook. The attached wheels mean you can move the carts around for easy watering by the sink or to find the best light. The shelves on this model get slightly smaller as they go up, but each is roughly 16 inches by 11.5 inches, and hold 44 pounds each. Plus two of its wheels have locking casters, so it won’t roll away when you aren’t looking.
A similar idea but in a fun turquoise finish. The shelves on this cart are all the same size — 16 inches by 12 inches — and it has two locking wheels.
A great option for a less industrial look, this bar cart is stylish on its own but would look great with an eclectic mix of potted plants on top. It can hold 66 pounds’ worth of booze or greenery, and the wheels lock in place, so it won’t roll away.
Stools that could be plant stands
If you’re into the stool-as-plant-stand thing but prefer a more minimalist aesthetic, here’s a set of simple wooden ones you can use the same way as those above.
A two-step stool like this is a great base for creating an interesting two-tiered display.
This step stool is ideal for that plant sitting in a heavy concrete planter. It may not look like it, but this little stool can support up to 350 pounds.
Opposite of the clean-cut wooden stools above is this live-edge one. It’s made from reclaimed cedar and will add a rustic vibe and complement your plant sanctuary.
This stepladder is almost too nice for everyday chores, but perfect for a plant stand. Set up in a corner, it becomes the room’s new focal point. We think a vine-y plant like a philodendron would feel right at home on top with its leaves wrapped around the upper handle.
Placed under a big window, this bench (we’re considering it one long stool) is the perfect multifunctional plant stand. You can cluster your plants on one end, leaving room for a seat on the opposite side and creating a peaceful reading nook.
End tables that could be plant stands
Your neon pothos can sit on top of this table, while the bottom basket serves as discreet and easy storage for plant-parent supplies like soil, a watering can, and snippers.
If you keep them nested together, you can use these tables to display three plants in descending sizes, or you can separate them and spread them out to act more like pedestals.
If you prefer your multi-tiered end table to come connected, this one is available in a calming green to match your plants. We think a beautiful cascading philodendron on the top level with smaller succulents on the lower one would look perfect.
If you have one of those needy plants that requires a grow light, this end table has a built-in outlet for easy electricity.
This geometric wood end table folds flat for easy storage, making it a great option for smaller spaces.
This 20-inch-tall end table has an all-metal construction and removable tray make it super-easy to clean.
We’re very into Japanese brand Yamazaki Home’s wall ladder, and this end table has that same clean design. Unlike most of the options on the list, this one is long and narrow — 17 inches by 7 inches — so it’s probably best for a row of small pots or maybe a single orchid. You could use the bottom shelf to store supplies.
Although it’s a bit bigger than an end table, a console table like this will provide tons of space for your collection of succulents. Each of the three shelves is 14 inches deep, so there is plenty of room for plants of all sizes. Anything with some height will have to go on top, but between the shelves you still get nearly a foot of vertical space. And don’t worry about how heavy that monstera is, because each shelf can hold 51 pounds.
Storage units that could be plant stands
For a really uniform look, place one plant in the middle of each cubby for a clean and sophisticated display.
With strictly function in mind, this metal shelving unit has a lot to offer. It has five shelves, each of which can hold 200 pounds. The entire unit is 72 inches tall, but the space between the shelves is adjustable, so you can make it work for a variety of plants. And while it’s not a looker on its own, covered in lush greens it definitely won’t be an eyesore.
Shoe benches can make good plant stands. This one is designed to support a seated person, so it should be sturdy enough for even the heaviest pots. At 44.1 inches long and 17.7 inches high, it’s wide and low, so you could put a taller plant on the shorter shelf and a few medium-size plants along the top and still use the bottom shelves to store your shoes or other stuff.
If you don’t love the look of bamboo, this unit is a great alternative. The shelves are glass, so it looks a little more sophisticated but no more fussy than bamboo, and water will wipe right off. The four shelves provide plenty of space for medium-sized plants — along with books, candles, and other trinkets that can all coexist in one Instagram-worthy shelf.
This A-frame shelf will work equally well for a bunch of medium-size plants, but the unique shape makes it more eye-catching. If you don’t have enough plants to fill it at first, you can always get some bins for the bottom to store things like extra soil or your watering can.
This ladder shelf will save you a little floor space without requiring you to sacrifice any room for the plants.
More things that could be plant stands
A stack of books is always a cute place to put a plant, but if you don’t want to risk water damage to any first editions you might have, this set of fake books will fool everyone.
When you run out of floor space or your windowsill is at full capacity, a hanging shelf is a great alternative. This set of three will make for an interesting greenscape on your new garden wall.
Flip these over and you have an effortless matching set of three natural-wood plant stands. The set includes large, medium, and small crates, so there’s something for every plant.
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