West Elm Inspired DIY Plant Stands

4 Materials
30 Minutes

Have y'all seen these modern/mid century plant stands? West Elm has inspired millions and I'm here to grind out an easy, fool proof tutorial that anyone can do. Did you see what I said there? Anyone can do. So gear up and make this plant stand with me.


- Fir 1 x 3

- 4 dowels


-4 screws

-stain or paint of choice



You want to make your cuts first. We also do a light sand. Take your pot that you will be using and measure the width of the widest part ( typically the top ). Ours was 10 in width. That is what your longest arm will be. Here are the dimensions of our cuts:

Longest Arm: 10

Short Arms: 4 5/8ths"

Legs: 16

Three easy cuts, that's it. You arms aren't the full width of the longest arm because you need to subtract the width of the wood that you're screwing the arms into. Also, when cutting your pieces, take into account that your saw blade is 1/8th". So leave extra room for that. But if you're getting these cuts done at the hardware store, you don't need to worry about that.

Above is the longest arm. You want to drill two holes that will hold your dowels.

Next you want to drill your holes that will house the dowels. 3/8th". Just drill two holes on one end of each arm.

Now you'll want to make your pocket holes in the undersides of your arms. This is how you will attach the arms to the legs. We are using our kreg jig, but you can also do it by hand.

Yay - we are almost done our plant stand! Now, you want to screw all four arms into the four legs. It's pretty self explanatory, but I thought I'd take a picture anyways.

Apply your wood glue/silicone to the edges where your dowels are and then put all the pieces together. Allow a good 12 hours for the wood glue to dry before you put your plant stand to use!

See how easy that was? We left ours plain so we could quickly write this tutorial for you. But you can stain in your choice. A really popular color would be Early American by Minwax. Below I'll pop a photo of another plant stand we made, it's a bit shorter & stained in Jacobean.

Hope y'all enjoyed this little tutorial. We had fun making it & more importantly it looks so awesome. A great way to show off your green plants! I'd love to hear your thoughts, pop a note below & share!

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Suggested materials:
  • Fir 1x3
  • Silicone
  • 4 Dowels
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Jessica-Sara Morris
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  • Heather Taylor Heather Taylor on Apr 22, 2018

    How much weight will this planter hold?

  • Jessica Jessica on May 01, 2019

    Where did you get the pots?

  • Kim Hart Kim Hart on Dec 30, 2019

    Would these work if you needed them to be 48” tall? How would I improvise?

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  • Tonya Tonya on Jun 03, 2020

    Looks great!tfs

  • Philip Plowman Philip Plowman on Mar 14, 2021

    I really like that you mention adding the measurements (and include what the measurement actually is )of the kerf in to the middle area. I don't think I have seen even one single other DIY tutorial online that has been this specific about it. I think that's very useful information.