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Do you want to set the scene for your plants? Do you want to highlight a particular plant? Are you looking for a suitable place for your hanging plants? Do you agree that it looks boring to place your plants in a row? You prefer to play with variation and different sizes? Then a stylish plant stand is just the thing for you.

With our big plant stand guide, we want to help you find the perfect plant stand for you. We have compiled criteria that you should look for when buying your plant stand. We also provide you with interesting background knowledge on the subject. We even show you how you can easily build your own plant stand.




Summary

  • A plant stand is a practical object with which you can skilfully showcase your plant or your plant collection.
  • You can find plant stands in a wide variety of materials, sizes and colours. They are available for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Instead of buying one, you can easily build your own plant stand, just the way you like it and need it. There are numerous instructions and videos on the internet.

The Best Plant Stand: Our Choices

Plant stands: buying and evaluation criteria

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible plant stands.

The criteria with which you can compare the plant stands with each other include:

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what each of these criteria entails.

Place of use

An important criterion you should consider before buying a plant stand is where it will be used. Depending on where it will be used, it must fulfil different criteria in terms of quality and resistance.

When it comes to a plant stand for indoor use, this criterion is not so important, as the plant stand is not exposed to extreme weather conditions.

Plant stands for outdoors must be robust & resistant.

The situation is different for an outdoor plant stand. It is exposed to a wide variety of weather conditions, such as sun, rain and wind. Under such conditions, your plant stand should be made of a suitable, resistant material.

For example, stainless steel. This is rust-proof and will not be worn down by exposure to sunlight. With wood, on the other hand, you have to make the compromise of repainting and impregnating it at regular intervals.

Material

Plant stands are available in different materials. These are:

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Plastic

Of course, every material has its advantages and disadvantages. Plant stands made of wood create a natural look and fit in with any style, whether indoors or outdoors. If the plant stand is to be used outdoors, it must be impregnated at regular intervals. This prevents the wood from being damaged by the weather.

Depending on the colour, a metal plant stand is also a simple alternative. In black, such a plant stand creates a noble look. In contrast to wood, stainless steel is particularly suitable for outdoor use. This would also protect the plant stand from rust.

Plant stands made of plastic have the advantage that they are relatively cheap and also very light. They are also particularly easy to care for outdoors. However, this material is usually not as high quality as wood or metal.

Size

Size is also an important criterion that you should consider before buying. You should ask yourself which plant you would like to combine with your plant stand. Is it a hanging plant or a plant that grows upwards?

For hanging plants, a tall plant stand is recommended.

For hanging plants, you should rather go for high plant stands. This gives your plant enough room to grow downwards. For plants that grow taller, a low plant stand is recommended. This way your plants will still stand out.

However, not only the height plays a role in the size, but also the diameter. With the help of the diameter of your plant pot, you will also find the suitable plant stand.

In order to present your plant perfectly, the ratio of plant, plant pot and plant stand must be right.

If the pot of the plant is much smaller than the surface of the plant stand, your plant will look small and lost. This will not show it off to its best advantage. If, on the other hand, the pot is larger than the surface of the plant stand, the plant stand will look small and frail.

Style

The style of a plant stand is not a quality criterion. There is no good or bad here. This criterion relates entirely to your taste.

Different materials, colours and sizes create different styles. With neutral colours, such as all conceivable shades of brown for wooden plant stands, you can achieve a natural look that blends in well.

However, for those who like it a little more colourful and exciting, there are also colourful lacquered wooden plant stands. This adds a touch of colour to the room or corner where the plant stand is to be placed.

Plant stands made of metal in black, silver, gold or copper, on the other hand, look very elegant. Usually also minimalist.

If you can't decide, there are also plant stands made of both wood and metal. This combination can also look natural on the one hand and very elegant on the other.

Plant stands: frequently asked questions and answers

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions about plant stands. We have selected the questions for you and will answer them shortly. After reading the guide, you will know all the essential background information about plant stands.

Who is a plant stand suitable for?

A plant stand is suitable for anyone who wants to show off their plants. The elevation of the plant stand makes the plant stand out more than if it were just standing on the ground.

Due to the different heights of the plant stands, different plants can be skilfully combined with each other. This provides variation instead of just placing all the plants next to each other.

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Instead of putting all the plants in a pile, you can use a plant stand to break things up a bit. There are also small plant stands for succulents.
(Image source: Unsplash / Leonardo Iheme)

Large plant stands are particularly suitable for hanging plants. Since they grow downwards, they also need enough space downwards. Small plant stands, on the other hand, can also be placed on a shelf - if space permits. These can then visually highlight small plants, such as succulents.

Large plant stands can also make it easier for older people to water their plants. If the plant stand is at hip height, you no longer have to bend down to water the plants.

What types of plant stands are there?

Basically you can choose between three different types of plant stands. Of course, each type of plant stand has its advantages and disadvantages. The plant stands can be divided as follows:

Type advantages disadvantages
Plant stand made of wood robust, warm appearance, sustainable raw material heavy, can only be used outdoors to a limited extent, regular care necessary
Plant stand made of metal can be used outdoors, resistant heavy, can rust
Plant stand made of plastic cheap, light, can be used outdoors not so high quality, wear quickly visible

Not all wood is the same. There are various types of wood used for plant stands that you can choose from. Depending on the quality of the wood, the wooden plant stand is also very robust. In addition, a wooden plant stand radiates a warm and natural look.

However, the more robust, the heavier the plant stand will be. If it is used outdoors, it also requires a lot of maintenance. Weather conditions, such as sun or rain, quickly wear it down. Therefore, you have to regularly repaint and impregnate it. Indoors, too, you must be careful not to spill water on the plant stand when watering it. This can also leave traces after a long time.

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Plant stands are available in different materials. The most popular are those made of wood and metal.
(Image source: Unsplash / Max Williams)

A plant stand made of metal, on the other hand, is quite resistant and can therefore also be used outdoors. No intensive care is necessary. However, if you use it outdoors, you should choose a plant stand made of stainless steel. Otherwise rust can develop due to rain.

In contrast to wood and metal, a plastic plant stand is cheap and light. It is also ideal for outdoor use. However, plastic is not as high quality as wood or metal. Wear and tear is quickly visible here.

What does a plant stand cost?

As different as the variations of plant stands are, the price of a plant stand can also vary. However, the price does not only depend on the material. It also depends on the model and size. Therefore, the price range goes from about 5 - 450 €

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Type price
Plant stand made of wood circa 15 - 300 €
Plant stand made of metal circa 10 - 450 €
Plant stand made of plastic circa 5 - 150

As you can see, the price varies greatly. The more unusual and larger the object, the more expensive it is. However, if you are only looking for a small plant stand, you can expect a lower price.

What are the alternatives to a plant stand?

Is it too tedious for you to look for a suitable plant stand? You have no free space for a plant stand? A plant stand is simply not what you are looking for? Then there are of course alternatives. We have listed them for you here:

Alternative Description
Shelf Almost everyone has a shelf in their home. If there is enough space, you can also put your plants here. Hanging plants are particularly suitable for this purpose. With this alternative, you don't have to buy anything new if you already have one. This also saves you money and space.
hanging baskets If there is no space for either a plant stand or a shelf, hanging pots, also known as hanging baskets, are a good alternative. You can hang them up as you wish. This alternative is also recommended primarily for hanging plants. You can buy hanging baskets or make your own. You can find numerous instructions on the internet under the keyword "macramé". Usually there is only room for one plant, but there are also versions where you can hang two or three flowers on top of each other.

As you can see, there are alternatives to a plant stand. The shelf is a very inexpensive alternative. Almost everyone has one at home. However, if you don't have a shelf or no more space on or in your shelf, you could fall back on hanging baskets.

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With the help of instructions from the internet, you can also easily make macramé for your hanging plants.
(Image source: Unsplash / Angèle Kamp)

In most cases, however, you will need to drill a hole in the wall or ceiling to hang the hanging basket. If that's not a problem, a hanging pot is a nice alternative to showcase hanging plants in particular. You can also easily make your own hanging baskets with the help of instructions on the internet.

How do I care for my plant stand?

Basically, a plant stand does not need much care. Especially not if it is made of metal or plastic. At most, you will have to wipe it down occasionally to prevent dust or dirt from accumulating on the surface.

However, if your plant stand is made of wood and is also for outdoor use, there are a few things to keep in mind. So that it does not look completely worn and shabby after a very short time, you must regularly repaint your wooden plant stand. Impregnation is also necessary from time to time.

Regular varnishing and impregnation is mandatory for wooden plant stands that are used outdoors.

Indoors, your plant stand is not exposed to rain, but sunlight can also cause the colours to fade. If your plant stand is placed near a light source, you must expect that you will have to repaint it at some point.

Conclusion

As you can see, a plant stand can be a very practical item. Not only for creatively displaying your plant collection. It can also be helpful for people who have difficulty bending down. This way they don't have to bend down when watering. Depending on the material, plant stands can be used both indoors and outdoors.

There is a wide range of different plant stands available in DIY stores and furniture stores as well as on the internet. However, if you still can't find the right one for you, you can easily build your own with the help of instructions on the internet. If you don't like a plant stand, there are always alternatives, such as a shelf or a hanging basket. These provide a suitable place for your hanging plants in particular.

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