$20 Tiered Plant Stand

If you’ve read any of our posts, you know that we have more plants than we know what to do with. We love those cute tiered plant stands, but they’re always so expensive. So we set out to build our own, and it was honestly easier than it looks.


  • Two 2 in x 2 in x 8 ft furring strip boards cut in half ($4)
  • Two 1 in x 1.5 ft round boards ($12)
  • Minwax Early American wood stain (had this left over)
  • Eight 1.5 in corner brace brackets ($6)

It almost doesn’t make sense to write out steps for this project, that’s how easy it was! But here they are anyway because what would a blog post be without steps.

Step 1: Sand

Sand! Sand until all your pieces are smooth and pretty. I was pretty impatient, so I really half-assed the sanding process, but it still turned out great. I also didn’t buy the highest quality wood, so I filled in some knots and cracks with wood filler. The wood filler didn’t stain as nicely as I would have hoped, but I just stuck the worst looking leg in the back and bam, no one can tell.

Step 2: Paint and Stain

Personalize your stand! I went with neutral colors because that’s the vibe of our apartment, but you want some color? Paint your stand whatever color you’d like! I painted the circles with white glossy latex wood paint and stained the legs with Early American Minwax stain. I like the contrast of the light wood and white circles with the dark wood of our media console and black legs of other plant stands. I also decided not to coat anything in poly, just honestly because I didn’t feel like it. If you want things to last, always throw a coat of poly on there. However, make sure that if you’re using a latex paint, you use a latex polyurethane. Anything else could cause the white to have a slight yellow twinge.

Step 3: Put it all together

Okay so to put it all together you definitely need a couple sets of hands. I first measured 2 inches from the top of each legs, drilled pilot holes, and secured the corner braces. I just used whatever screws I had left over from our previous projects. I then measured about 2 feet from the bottom of each leg (which is just the middle of the leg), and secured four more braces. Once all the braces were on, I had two people hold the legs upright while I set the top white circle in place. Then I marked the holes for the braces, removed the circle, and drilled pilot holes. Then I just put the circle back on top, and screwed each leg into place. Repeat for the bottom circle, and you’re done! Decorate with your plants or pictures or whatever you want!


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