Best plant stands for indoor plants – expert styling inspiration

These plant stands can take your houseplant display to the next level

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Deciding how to decorate with plants can be a challenging task when you've already nailed everything else to in your home to suit your style. 

It's even harder once you've got your hands on the best indoor plants and have tried moving them around but can't seem to find the perfect way to position them.

That's where plant stands come in. They have become increasingly popular as more and more people join the indoor gardening club and want to green up their space. These structures are designed to showcase plants in different ways and at varied heights, and there are so many styles to choose from.

We've gathered expert opinions on the best plant stands for indoor plants so that you can choose the right one for your space. 

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Why use plant stands?

Like plant shelves, plant stands can offer a whole host of benefits. Not only do they exist as eye-catching decor in any room, but if used correctly they can promote happy and healthy houseplants.

'Placing indoor plants on stands offers a range of benefits that contribute to both their growth and overall aesthetic of indoor spaces. Elevating plants on stands not only draws attention to their beauty but can also position them at heights where they receive the ideal light for their individual requirements,' says Ashley Anita, houseplant expert and influencer.

If you have a plant that thrives in direct sunlight, like aloe vera or a jade plant, placing it in a high position on a plant stand could do it a favor. It can provide more access to light and therefore boost its health and further growth.

'Stands give the plants more room to grow. Visually it adds height, but likewise this gives more space for vines to hang and spread out. It’s kind of a grand elevated look while also allowing the space for your plants to thrive,' says Chantelle Hartman Malarkey, interior design expert. 

Choosing to place hanging and trailing plants on a plant stand is a popular choice because it creates an elegant, cascading look.

Houseplants on stands

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Ashley Anita
Ashley Anita

Ashley Anita is a houseplant influencer. She has online community all about houseplants. On her YouTube and Instagram channels she shares plant shopping adventures and tips and tricks to be successful with indoor plants. She uses her years of experience to share what she has learned with other enthusiasts.

Chantelle Hartman Malarkey
Chantelle Hartman Malarkey

A lover of the arts, Chantelle discovered her passion for photography at an early age when she received her first camera. The joy of capturing the perfect moment led her to pursue a film degree from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and since then she’s held various positions, all utilizing her artistic eye, from photography to interior design.

Best plant stands for indoor plants

Whether you want a stand with lots of levels to display multiple houseplants together or want something more stripped back and simple, we've got a list of the best plant stands for your houseplants.

Multi-level plant stands

Houseplants on tiered stand

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Why only put one plant on a pedestal when you can show off all of your precious plants together? 

Multi-level plant stands are great for curating a display of houseplants. They involve tiered levels to place plants, also offering the opportunity to put plants at different levels for different light requirements. For example, you could place a plant that tolerates low-light on a bottom, more shaded level.

'Most tropical houseplants require bright indirect light and plant stands can help us position our plants in the optimal location to achieve the lighting requirements. When choosing plants for stands, it's essential to consider their individual light preferences,' says Ashley.

Multi-level plant stands come in lots of different styles, so there is one out there for every interior aesthetic.

Single level plant stands

Ivy on plant stand

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If you have that one statement houseplant that deserves a spotlight of its own, a single level plant stand could be what you need.

These plant stands place all the attention on one indoor plant. It's a great way to elevate smaller plants to allow them to take up floor space where they would otherwise sit on a shelf or table. Likewise, you can put bigger plants on a single tiered stand to have even more impact.

'Using plant stands connects decor to nature, turning plants into organic sculptures in any place,' says Artem Kropovinsky, interior designer and founder of Arsight in New York City.

You can use a plant stand like this to display your favorite plant as a center art piece.

Artem Kropovinsky
Artem Kropovinsky

Artem Kropovinsky, founder of the NYC-based Arsight, boasts over a decade of global interior design expertise in both residential and commercial projects. From transforming Brooklyn brownstones to reshaping Manhattan retail spaces, Arsight's portfolio showcases its design prowess on national and international scales. 

Wooden plant stands

Wooden plant stand

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The best part of having plants indoors is that it brings nature into your home, and it doesn't have to end with the houseplants themselves.

Choosing a wooden plant stand can help emphasise a natural look and elevate plants without placing focus on the structure itself. These humble stands don't like to shout for attention and come in a wide variety of wood, from oak to pine.

These can pair particularly well with plants with interesting leaves that will complement the wood, whether that's variegated houseplants or ones with fenestrated leaves like monsteras.

Metal plant stands

Black metal plant stand

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For a classier or more statement look, a metal plant stand can show off houseplants boldly yet elegantly.

You can find metal plant stands in a range of different colors and shapes, so it's a great option if you want to find a stand to fit in with your existing decor. Popular choices include white, black, shades of green and gold.

To add to its strong stature, you can pair these stands with tall plants and those with upright foliage, such as snake plants and other succulents.


Which houseplants can go on plant stands?

You can style any houseplant on a plant stand. Not only do plant stands add style to a room, they also provide growing benefits for plants by elevating them to receive more light. Popular houseplants to put on stands include trailers like ivy and string of hearts, trees like fiddle leaf, ferns and succulents. Plant stands come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate any houseplant.

If you're bored of putting your houseplants in the default positions of floors, shelves, windowsills or tables, a plant stand can add a new dimension to indoor plant collection. There are so many different styles to choose from which allow you to personalise your houseplant display to your taste. To avoid making common houseplant mistakes, it's important to research your plant's care requirements before choosing the best stand for it.

Tenielle Jordison
News Writer (Gardens)

Tenielle is a News Writer in the Gardens team at Homes & Gardens with five years of journalistic experience. She studied BA Journalism, Media and English Literature and MA Magazine Journalism at Cardiff University. Before coming to Homes & Gardens, Tenielle was in the editorial department at the Royal Horticultural Society and worked on The Garden magazine. She is passionate about sustainable living and likes to encourage gardeners to make greener choices to help tackle the effects of climate change with a trowel in hand. Tenielle is also a houseplant lover who is slowly running out of room for her ever-growing collection.