Tiered Plant Stand Ideas

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Tiered Plant Stand Ideas
Any stepladder is suitable as a plant stand. (David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Trash-to-treasure and shabby-chic decorating schemes focus on turning older items into something new for the home or garden. Many times, this involves breathing new life into an item and giving it an entirely new use. When you're ready to add a tiered plant stand to your home or garden, take a look around at the things you already own. You may just find ideas for tiered plant stands that involve using something you or your kids outgrew.

Rolling Metal Cart

Rolling metal carts, such as those used by libraries, schools and cafeterias, consist of three or four shelves with a handle and four wheels for easy movement. Occasionally, these metal carts are sold as tea carts because the shelves are flat and wide enough to transport a full tea service. Whatever their original function, the carts make ideal tiered plant stands. If you plan on using the cart outside, any rust or dents aren't a problem. If using it in the house, you may want to cover the shelves with a light coat of paint first. Use a paint designed for use on metal surfaces.

Old Ladders

Old ladders often have no use around the house because the wood is no longer strong enough to support a person, especially in the case of older or antique stepladders. Turn these small ladders into a tiered plant stand for your garden. Leave the surface as is or give it a coat of new paint. For the shabby-chic look, use one coat of paint in a lighter or brighter colour first, then paint over that layer in a white colour. Lightly rub the ladder with fine-grade sandpaper to give it a distressed look before using it to hold your plants.

Stool and Chair Stands

An old step stool is a natural stand for plants. Look for the chrome-and-vinyl stools with steps that pulled out from beneath the seat. Use each of the steps to hold a different plant. If you have any old chairs around the house, use those as plant stands. You have room for plants on both the seat and underneath the chair.


Craft tiered plant stands from inexpensive bookshelves. Remove the back from the bookshelf; this lets more light reach the plants and also gives you a view of the plants from multiple angles. Bookshelves make great multipurpose plant stands as well. Store gardening tools on the lower shelves and plants on the upper shelves.

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