DIY Double A-Frame Ladder Outdoor Plant Stand

12 Materials
4 Hours

This project was way overdue! We found these two ladders at a yard sale some three years ago. And they've been in storage and, in the way, all that time!

Finally, Steph had enough of moving them around in her garage so she devised a plan on how to use them.

Most ladder shelves use a single ladder but we are incorporating two of them. They are roughly the same height and fortunately the steps line up even though the designs are not identical.

Watching the video is very helpful in understanding the process and may answer some of your questions.

For this project we are using a couple of old ladders that are about 5 feet in height. They are not identical but they work together.

Pressure treated pickets in two different lengths are used for the shelves. We also used 1/2" bolts and washer. You can see the exact materials we used in the materials list on our website.

The first step is to clean up the ladders to remove all the stickers! So many stickers! I used a small metal bristle brush to clean up the the steps.

Prior to sanding, Steph used a large metal brush to remove excess debris from the fence pickets. She lightly sanded the pickets just to remove any splintery wood. Use a mask as you don't want to be breathing in pressure treated saw dust.

The pickets were put into place and the excess cut off. We didn't want any over hang past each of the steps. The ladders and shelves were painted with outdoor house paint and allowed to dry before assembly.

The legs of the ladders were painted with paintable rubber to help seal them against water damage.

The shelves were clamped into position. Using a spade bit, Steph drilled all the way through the shelf into the step.

A bolt was fitted into the hole and a nut underneath secures it into place. The bolt makes these removable so that we can take this all apart and store it inside in the event of a hurricane.

Here is the plant stand all filled up with fresh new plants from the Home Depot. The stand is the perfect place for plants as it is in partial sun so a wide variety of plants should flourish here.

The stand is right outside Steph's living room windows giving her a much improved view! Here you can see how we used the house and door colors for it to coordinate with the house. We also have a post on that flag stand if you're interested.

All finished and in place.

*Note about the cost estimate. This will vary depending on the cost of the ladders you use. We got ours for about $20 from a yard sale. The cost estimate reflects the cost of the pickets and bolts. The time estimate doesn't take into account dry time or other factors.

Resources for this project:

1 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft. Pressure-Treated Red Pine Dog-Ear Fence Picket
5/8 in. x 5-1/2 in. x 6 ft. Pressure-Treated Pine Dog-Ear...
See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

30 Creative Ways To Repurpose Baking Pans
31 Creative Garden Features Perfect For Summer
15 Amazing Ways To Get Your Patio All Ready For Summer
17 DIY Projects You Can Start And Finish Tonight
15 Fabulous Fire Pits For Your Backyard
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
31 Coastal Decor Ideas Perfect For Your Home
15 Kitchen Updates Under $20
30 Creative Ways To Repurpose Baking Pans
31 Creative Garden Features Perfect For Summer
15 Kitchen Updates Under $20
13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number
16 Ways to Showcase Your Herb Garden
27 Gorgeous Update Ideas For Your Bedroom
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
Mother Daughter Projects

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Linda g
    on May 18, 2019

    Did you do something on the ends of the ladder to prevent rot? It looks like they may be painted white?

    • SK
      on Aug 6, 2019

      Rubberized paint.

      Identified in the article.

Join the conversation

2 of 14 comments
Your comment...