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37 Nice-Looking Things to Put Plants On (Including Some Actual Plant Stands)

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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 a few bookshelves, end tables, step stools, art-supply carts, wooden crates, and more things you can also definitely put plants on.

Actual plant stands

GDLF 5 Tier Metal Plant Stand
$145
$145

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.

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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.

Utility carts that could be plant stands