Building a plant stand can save you hundreds of dollars compared to the cost of a commercial plant stand made of metal. These prefabricated plant stands are also harder to customise to suit your needs than one you build yourself. A good, inexpensive, DIY alternative is to construct your stand from PVC pipe. It will be sturdy enough to hold all but the heaviest of houseplants and will be much less expensive than the commercial alternative. A home-built PVC plant stand can be constructed with tools common in most households.
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Things you need
- 8 white PVC pipes, ¾ inch diameter and 10 feet long
- Can of PVC adhesive
- 34 PVC T-connectors, ¾ inch diameter
- 4 PVC 90-degree elbow connectors, ¾ inch diameter
- Drill bit
- Screw bit
- 4 pieces of 1/2-inch plywood, 2 by 4 feet
- 32 wood screws, 1 inch long
Cut the PVC pipe with the hacksaw into the following lengths: 8 pieces 48 inches long, 8 pieces 21 1/16 inches long, 8 pieces 12 3/4 inches long, 8 pieces 15 ½ inches long and 16 pieces 1 3/8 inches long.
Glue the middle prong of a PVC T-connector to each end of each 48-inch length pipe. Ensure that the T-connectors on both ends of each pipe are parallel (pointing in the same direction).
Glue a PVC elbow connector to each end of each 21 1/16-inch length of pipe, ensuring that the elbow connectors for each pipe are parallel.
Put one end of each 1 3/8-inch piece of pipe into one of the unfilled ends of a T-connector that you attached to the 48-inch pipes in step 2. Insert an elbow connector with an attached 21 1/16-inch length of pipe onto the other end. This forms two sides of one four-sided rectangular shelf frame. Repeat these steps to make a full four-sided shelf frame. Build four shelf frames in this manner.
Connect the eight 15 ½-inch lengths of pipe to the bottom two shelf frames via the downward- and upward-facing T-connectors at each corner. Then connect the eight 12 3/4-inch lengths of pipe to the upper two shelf frames via the downward- and upward-facing T-connectors at each corner.
Drill three holes in each long (48 inch) side and one hole in each short (21 inch) side of each shelf, and then drill a matching hole on the long and short sides of each piece of plywood. Use a drill bit that is slightly smaller in diameter than the thread of your wood screws.
Screw the plywood to the top of each shelf with the wood screws.
Tips and warnings
- If you want to change the size of your tiered plant stand, you can add more shelves to the design or make the shelves larger or smaller by changing the lengths of pipe.
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