According to the Healthline website, studies show that there are many benefits of having indoor plants. Studies vary in results, but all have a positive outcome ranging from increased productivity in the workplace to happier mood and stronger relationships. None of these studies have found evidence of negative outcomes of having indoor plants. So to promote a healthier environment in the house, I built a DIY Indoor Plant Stand.
There are many different plants to choose from. Some of the best plants for indoors are Snake Plant, Pothos, Dracaena, ZZ Plant, and Spider Plant. These plans help improve air quality and reduce carbon dioxide levels. Depending on the plant you choose, typically they come in different pot sizes, you might need to adjust the inside support boards to the size of your pot.
This DIY Indoor Plant Stand took me less than an hour to build and cost less than $10 of material. You also might be interested in plans for DIY Planter Box that I’ve built earlier.
Indoor Plant Stand PDF
This PDF download includes Cut Diagrams, a List of Supplies, and 3D illustrations with detailed steps to build the project. Measurements are in imperial and not metric. Does NOT include SketchUp/CAD files.
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Step 1 – Print and Glue Template on 1×10 Board
First, click to download the PDF template and print it out on 11×17 paper. Then take 1×10 board and cut two pieces to 17” in length. Next, you could either cut out the template with scissors and trace the legs on the board or you could just glue it to the board using regular paper glue. Either way works fine.
Step 2 – Cut Out the Curved Leg Shapes
For this step, you could use either a band saw or a jig saw to cut out the leg shape. Follow the outline of the curved legs with a saw and cut out all four legs.
Step 3 – Cut Notch for the Lap Joint
From the remaining wood, pieces cut two boards to 8″ x 1 1/2″ using a miter saw. These two support boards will be used to connect the legs together. To make these support boards hold together stronger, cut a ¾” wide by ¾” deep notch for the lap joint. To cut the notch for the lap joint, I used a miter saw set for the blade to stop at ¾” from the table. You could also use a table saw with a blades raised up ¾” and cut through the notch. Then using a Kreg Jig Mini, drill one pocket hole on top and bottom on each side.
Step 4 – Glue Lap Joint Together
Now with a random orbital sander, sand the support boards and the legs to remove any rough edges. Then apply wood glue inside the lap joint and secure it with a 1 ¼” pocket hole screw from the bottom.
Step 5 – Attach Support and Legs Together
To make sure all legs and supports are leveled, with a pencil make a small mark 6 1/2″ from the bottom of each leg. Then take the support cross and attach it to the legs using wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. The support cross needs to align with the pencil mark on each leg. When attaching the last two legs the long Kreg Jig bit will not work because the leg is in the way of the drill. Use a shorter bit to screw in the pocket hole screws. You’re done with the DIY Indoor Plant Stand.