7 Best Plant Stands in 2020

After more than ten hours of research and testing, our overall pick for the best plant stand on the market at this time is the Sophia Mills Mid Century Plant Stand. This modern plant stand is adjustable and fits pots ranging from 8 to 12 inches wide and up to about 14 inches tall. It looks great with just about any ceramic planter or light-colored plant pot and goes well with mid-century modern decor.

In order to help you pick the best plant stand for your potted plants, we compared popular indoor and outdoor plant stand choices and ranked the models on style, durability, material quality, and versatility. We looked for metal plant stands with corrosion-resistant finishes as well as solid wood plant stands. We looked for those that didn’t require many tools for installation and that could hold enough weight to support cacti, small palms, and fiddle figs, which many consider among the best plants for plant stands. Read on for more of the best plant stands on the market to elevate your garden decor.

Top 7 Best Plant Stands

 #1  Sophia Mills Mid Century Plant Stand

Award: TOP PICK

WHY WE LIKE IT: Made from solid Acacia wood, this durable and well-designed plant stand holds up to 150 lbs and can be put together with just one screw. It also offers adjustability for different sized pots.

Pros
  • Real Acacia wood construction
  • Adjustable width to fit pots from 8-12 inches wide
  • Easy, single-screw assembly
Cons
  • Not as tall as some of the plant stands on the market
  • Not designed for multiple plants

This stylish mid century modern dark wood plant stand offers an adjustable planter cradle that works with pots ranging in size from 8 to 12 inches in diameter. It works with both cylindrical and square pots, and though it’s right-angled design lends itself most naturally to work with vertical sided pots, it fits tapered ceramic pots securely as well.

Along with its useful adjustability, this sturdy plant stand offers enough support to fit a medium-sized fiddle leaf fig or rubber tree. It also fits most cacti and philodendrons as well as spider plants, indoor palms, and small money trees. This would be a great place to keep your best artificial plants.

 #2  D’vine Dev Indoor Tall Plant Pot with Stand

Award: HONORABLE MENTION

WHY WE LIKE IT: This decorative indoor plant stand is twenty inches high and comes with a built-in drainage hole for better water drainage and more convenient watering.

Pros
  • Removable legs for height adjustability
  • Hand-laid fiberglass and walnut construction
  • Planter filler and drainage net included
Cons
  • Fixed width design
  • Leaf pattern might not be everyone’s style

This plant stand consists of a 9.75-inch wide by 9.5-inch tall pot made of durable yet lightweight hand-laid fiberglass resin, plus a set of three removable legs made of solid walnut. Overall, the stand with legs included measures 20 inches tall and is a good size for many indoor and outdoor plants such as ferns, small palms and flowering plants.

Unlike many cheap plant stands and plant holders, this one comes with an integrated drainage hole and net, letting you use it for plants that need well-drained and aerated soil. And if you’re using it for indoor plants that do well without much drainage, there’s an included plug so you don’t have to worry about water spilling if you use this product as a countertop plant stand. For your outdoor gardening needs, take a look at our guide to lawn and garden.

 #3  Mkono Mid Century Plant Stand

Award: BEST MINIMALIST DESIGN

WHY WE LIKE IT: Made with a slender yet sturdy powder-coated metal legs, this plant stand is designed for pots ranging from about 12-14 inches in diameter. It adds stability to houseplants while maintaining a clean, modern, and minimal appearance.

Pros
  • Durable powder-coated finish
  • Easy two-screw assembly
  • Extra secure on hardwood and tile floors thanks to non-slip rubber feet
Cons
  • Fixed width and height
  • Can be awkward to fit tapered or globular shaped pots

If you’re looking for a metal plant stand that goes well with a clean and minimalist space, this 14-inch wide plant holder is worth a look. It’s especially fit for pots with vertical sides, though it can work for mildly tapered conical pots as well. The metal legs have rubber “feet” to avoid scuffing hardwood floors and to add grip on all types of indoor and outdoor surfaces.

This modern decorative plant stand is 12 inches high and the cross-beams are about 3/4 of the way up. It can be flipped over so that the potted plant is higher if desired. A powder-coated finish adds corrosion resistance and durability. If you’re looking for another way to decorate your room, check out our guide to the best window film for day and night.

 #4  Fox & Fern 15″ Large Plant Stand

Award: BEST LIGHTWEIGHT POT

WHY WE LIKE IT: Made from high-quality fiberstone, this lightweight matte white 15-inch planter works well indoors or outdoors and looks great with a mid-century modern plant stand.

Pros
  • Fiberstone construction helps aerate soil
  • Materials suitable for indoor or garden use
  • Comes with a drainage hole and a removable plug
Cons
  • Plant stand with legs not included

With a matte white finish and a simple, cylindrical shape, this 15-inch plant pot is ideally suited to go along with a dark wood plant stand with a mid-century modern design. It works well indoors and is easy to set up thanks to its lightweight fiberstone construction. This material is about 70% lighter than concrete or ceramic, yet is plenty strong enough to hold a large indoor plant.

UV and frost resistant, this planter is also suitable for use in outdoor gardens. It comes with a drain hole and a removable drain plug, so depending on where you put it and what kind of plant you have in it, you can decide whether to have it drain or not. You might also want to read our guide to the best floating bookshelves to decorate the rest of your room.

 #5  Sona Home Adjustable Mid Century Plant Stand

Award: BEST ON A BUDGET

WHY WE LIKE IT: Made with real wood, this budget-friendly mid century modern plant stand offers great value, with its adjustable arms that fit pots ranging from 8 to 12 inches in width. It provides a clean, elegant look for a wide variety of plant pot types.

Pros
  • Fiberstone construction helps aerate soil
  • Materials suitable for indoor or garden use
  • Adjustable to fit pots of different sizes
Cons
  • May wobble slightly at full width
  • Designed for indoor use only

Among the indoor and countertop plant stands with a mid-century modern design, this model stands out for its rounded legs and for offering the versatility of being able to accept planters ranging from 8-12 inches in diameter. It does so at a relatively low price point too, and unlike most cheap plant stands, it’s made of real wood and has a weight rating of 100 pounds, enough for a ceramic planter.

This plant holder is 15 inches high and can be used with tapered pots that have a wider brim since its horizontal bars are placed just two inches below the tops of the legs. The trade-off for this is a little less stability, due to the higher center of gravity. If you want a bit of furniture for your room, take a look at our guide to the best loveseat.

 #6  HOMFA Bamboo 4 Shelf Plant Stand

Award: MOST VERSATILE

WHY WE LIKE IT: Made from lightweight yet sturdy and eco-friendly bamboo, this is among the best indoor plant stands for multiple plants. It’s also a multifunctional side table for knick-knackss, kitchen supplie,s and more.

Pros
  • Multi-tiered design
  • Almost 46 inches high yet weighs less than 9 pounds
  • Ladder shape adds stability
Cons
  • Not as easy to assemble as single-level plant stands
  • Weight capacity of each shelf limited to 17 pounds

This multifunctional side table can be used as a combination tiered plant stand and kitchen towel rack, or as a convenient place for an indoor herb garden and also storage for a few cookbooks or other display items. It’s lightweight, coming in at just under 9 pounds, and easy to move from place to place.

Appropriate for small succulents, ferns, and flowering house plants as well as herbs like basil and rosemary, this is among the lightest tiered plant stands on the market for its size and height, however, it does come with the trade-off of weight capacity is limited to 17 lbs per shelf, which is mainly a concern if you’re using ceramic planters.

 #7  Rose Home Fashion Plant Stand

Award: BEST FOR GARDENS

WHY WE LIKE IT: Great for indoor or outdoor display of herb gardens, succulents and more, this convenient multipurpose tiered plant stand is easy to set up and folds like a ladder for convenient transport.

Pros
  • Convenient set-up with hinged design
  • Solid wood with dark stained finish
  • Multi-purpose utility with its four tiers of shelving
Cons
  • Takes up more space than single pot plant holders
  • Limited room for taller plants

If you’re looking for a high-quality wood plant stand to complement the garden decor, this A-frame style shelving unit is one of the best outdoor plant stands for multiple plants. It comes with four built-in shelves so you can display herbs, small succulents, flowers, and ferns. The bottom shelf is 17 inches wide and the spaces between the shelves are 9-12 inches high.

The overall height of this multi-tiered plant stand is 44 inches, meaning that the top shelf is a convenient height for storing small items and can even be used indoors as a spice rack. This indoor or outdoor plant stand requires no assembly and is easy to transport thanks to its hinged, folding design.

How We Decided

In order to help pick the best plant stand for different kinds of indoor and outdoor plants, we focused on durability, material quality, and versatility. In simple, mid-century modern plant holders, we looked for materials such as powder-coated metal, solid hardwoods or UV-stable plastics. We also looked for a weight limit of at least 100 pounds so you can use them for larger plants and plants in a ceramic planter.

When looking for a plant pot, we screened products for durability and good drainage. We only included those plant pots that featured a drainage hole so your indoor plants don’t become waterlogged. A removable drain plug was considered a bonus.

For multi-tiered plant stands, we looked for a height of between 42 and 48 inches and for at least three shelves with at least 9 inches of “headroom” between shelves. This way you can use them for herbs and other plants such as spider plants, considered some of the best plants for plant stands.

Best Plant Stand Buyer’s Guide

The Most Important Features to Consider

  1. Height
    One of the first things to consider when choosing a plant stand is how high you’d like to raise your plants. For a small countertop, plant stand a height of 4-6 inches is often considered ideal, while for larger plant stands you might want a leg height of as much as 12 to 15 inches.
  2. Weight Capacity
    Equally important, if not more so, is to make sure that your plant stand can hold the weight of the plant, pot, and soil you’re planning to use it for. A ceramic or stone planter with a large houseplant such as a fiddle leaf fig or rubber tree can weigh around 100 pounds or more.
  3. Adjustability
    For greater range and versatility, look for a plant stand that you can adjust to fit planters of different sizes. Many modern plant stands have a simple design with extendable cross beams that allows them to securely hold pots within a size range of about plus or minus 3 2 inches, without compromising stability.

Plant Stand FAQs

What can I use for a plant stand?

Depending on your home and garden decor, you may want to elevate your plants on a mid-century modern plant stand; this helps set off your plants and planters and also allows for better drainage when watering. You might also use a side table or a multi-tiered plant stand which might be especially useful for a kitchen herb garden.

What can you put on a plant stand other than a plant?

A good purpose-built plant stand can hold just about any object that is about the same size as the planters for which it was designed; this means you may be able to use them for decorative jars, art supplies, or even coffee table books.

What is a plant stand called?

A plant stand is often called just that: a plant stand. Some brands refer to them as plant holders and some include them under the title of “planters” or plant shelves.

Which pots are better for plants?

For most potted plants, a bigger pot with proper drainage is the healthiest kind of plant pot. Some pots are made with semi-porous material that helps aerate the soil. Stone, fiberstone, and concrete or terra cotta work well for this.

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Ryan Mcbride

Ryan McBride is a writer based in Los Angeles. He has contributed work to magazines and sites including Gayot, Spy, Paper, Ladygunn, 3AM and the Crab Creek Review. He writes consumer reviews, essays, science and tech journalism as well as literary and art criticism.

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