Introduction: Garden Plant Stand

About: I like to design and build random things.

The plant stand shown in this instructable grows edibles in a compact vertical space. We use the planter to grow herbs and edibles on the deck close at hand to the kitchen and the grill. In the containers we have mint, pineapple sage, marjoram, oregano and two other types of sage. The plants that like the most sun are placed on top. The lower levels of the plant stand are used for more shade tolerant plants; however, they still get plenty of light. For growing the plants, self-watering planters were chosen. Other planting options are a rain gutter system, individual pots, wood boxes, etc. The stand can be easily constructed from excess lumber or pallets.

Quick animination of the stand:

Step 1: Tools/Materials


  • Table or Miter Saw
  • Pocket hole jig (optional)
  • Drill/Bits
  • Tape measure


  • 2x4x8’ (x2)
  • 1x4x14"
  • 1x6x10'
  • Screws or Nails
  • Pocket Hole Screws (optional)
  • Stain or Paint (optional)

Step 2: Top Level

You will be building to this drawing.

Step 3: Leg Assembly Components

Cut 2x4 and 1x4 to the lengths as shown. A table or miter saw can be used to cut the angles.

Step 4: Leg Assembly

Assemble as shown. I used deck screws to attach the side to the base. The feet can be attached with nails for screws. Make two leg assemblies.

Step 5: Shelf Boards

Cut 1x6 boards to the lengths shown.

Step 6: Attach Shelves

Attach shelves as shown. I used a pocket-hole jig to attach the upper shelves to the sides.

Step 7: Gussets

Cut the 8 gussets as shown.

Step 8: Attach Gussets

Again, I used a pocket-hole jig for the gusset screws. Nails are another option. Note that I decided to not add the bottom gussets since I felt the stand was sturdy enough.

Step 9: Add Window Boxes

These 24" Self-Watering Window Boxes boxes run $7.50 each. That completes the virtual build.

Step 10: Final Product

The stand was painted with exterior paint. Stain & polyurethane is another option. Add soil and plants and you are good to go.

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