A little decor and tasteful splashes of color can help make a room feel warmer and welcoming. Houseplants, for example, are great for brightening up dull corners and breathing life into a living space. However, decor space can feel few and far between when you’re trying to add an armful of plants throughout your small apartment!

Today’s small apartment DIY is created by our friends at ProFlowers to help you build your own DIY ladder plant stand at home. This functional piece of decor cleverly uses space to its advantage! This plant stand’s simplicity makes it easy to personalize and incorporate into your current decor.

The size of the plant stand is ideal for small spaces, particularly odd corners. It’s also incredibly versatile, offering flexible storage space for a variety of uses. The best part? It’s easy enough to make yourself and will only take a couple of hours to complete. Are you ready to make your own minimalist plant stand? Let’s get started!

You will need:

1 pc. 3/4 inch x 2 feet x 2 feet piece of wood
4 pcs. 1 in. x 2 in. x 8 feet piece of wood
1.25” wood screws (12)
Drill and ⅛” pilot hole drill bit
Screwdriver drill bit
Tape measure
Framing square
Wood glue
Sandpaper

Step 1: Cut the Wood Pieces

Start by cutting the wood pieces using a power saw (don’t forget to wear your safety gears!). You can check out the proper dimensions of the wood pieces below:

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If say, you cannot cut the wood planks yourself or you’d like to save more time, have the wood pieces cut at your local hardware store.

Step 2: Assembling the Shelf Legs

Using the power drill, create two sets of the plant stand frame. Attach the 50-inch diagonal piece of wood to the 48 inches vertical piece of wood using wood glue and a 1.25-inch screw. These will serve as the legs for the plant stand.

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Step 3: Assembling the Shelf Supports

After assembling the plant stand legs, proceed with the shelf supports. With your measuring tape, measure and mark the length of the plant stand legs to 7 inches, 19 inches, and 31 inches. You have to make sure that the measured spots are level so the shelf won’t be crooked.

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Using your power drill, attach the shorter pieces of wood (3.5”, 8” and 12.5”) to the marked spots of the shelf frame using wood glue and 1.25” screws. Leave the wood glue to dry completely.

Step 4: Attaching the Back Support Beams and Shelves

After assembling the shelf supports, you can begin attaching the back support to the frame. Using your power drill and screws, attach the back support beams three inches above each side of the side beams. The back support should be sandwiched between the side frames and flush with the back of the frame.

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Once the back support beams have been installed, the plant stand should be able to stand on its own. At this point, you can finally set the shelves on top of the shelf supports.

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Add a little glue on the shelf support then screw the sides of the shelf in place. Repeat until all the shelves are installed.

Step 5: Sanding the Plant Stand

The final step is to smooth out the edges by sanding down the plant stand. Finish up by adding your favorite houseplants (here’s a list of hardy houseplants for your consideration) and choosing the perfect spot to put your greenery on display.

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To sum up, watch the quick video tutorial below:

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