Inexpensive Tall Table Riser Using Dollar Store Brackets

4 Materials
40 Minutes

Learn how to make a tall table riser and a plant stand using inexpensive hanging plant brackets for legs.

I hesitated to share this simple DIY but I thought it might be helpful to someone looking for a really inexpensive way to make table risers for a wedding or home entertaining.

Overall this DIY took me about 40-minutes. I used a gel stain which was a really big time saver! More detail on that below.

First, you don't have to use Dollar Tree brackets. Check your local hardware store for plant-hanging brackets. They come in many different styles and sizes.

Above are three different ones I found. The bottom one is from Dollar Tree and the other two I bought on Amazon.

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Paint or Stain Your Wood Top

For my table riser, I chose to stain a pine wood board that I had in my garage with a dark mahogany gel stain.

I love gel stain because you put it on, wait two or three minutes, and wipe it off. I was able to get a deep stain look with just one application!

Wipe the stain away with a soft cloth.

Attaching the Legs

Use a drill to make pilot holes first then screw the brackets into place.

Here's another photo of the finished riser.

This stand is about 10.5-inches tall (9-inches of space underneath) so it frees up a lot of counter space. Use it for entertaining or as an everyday space saver in your kitchen or office.

I loved how this stand came out so much that I used the other brackets to make a vintage plant stand (see below).

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Here’s the plant stand I made using an old crate and wrought iron plant hooks for legs.

You can make a plant stand out of anything though, old drawers, suitcases, wood trays, or even make a crate from an old wood pallet!

Side Note: Most brackets come with hardware and screws. You may need shorter wood screws depending on the thickness of the wood you are using.

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Suggested materials:
  • A wood plank
  • A drill (to make a pilot hole for screws)
  • Stain or Paint
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  • Diane Diane on May 12, 2022

    Great idea. How strong are the dollar tree brackets for the plant stand?

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  • Ruth Ruth on Apr 27, 2022

    Love this idea ! Will be on the lookout for a nice piece of wood

  • Jan58126766 Jan58126766 on May 31, 2022

    GREAT idea. I have very tight quarters in the bathroom, and the counter around the sink is prime property (have electric toothbrush, water pick, soap...) I am lucky to have space to set, and find, my glasses, to take a shower. I can so see this giving me just the space I need to put the 'necessities'. THANK YOU!!