The Best Plant Stands — The Guide 2018

Plants are all the rage right now, but they’ve been a staple of apartment living for years. After all, you need something to remind you of wide open spaces when living in the middle of an urban jungle. We’ve already covered hanging planters, so now we’re bringing you our guide to the best standing planters and plant stands. Unlike normal planters, plant stands elevate your plant babies to new heights, whether it’s a few inches or a few feet. We found our favorites across price points and styles, so you’re sure to find one that fits your space and personality. Happy planting!

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Indoor plants are all the rage right now and not since the 70s have we had a chance to seriously weigh in on planters of all kinds – hanging to standing to everything in between. In this Guide we zeroed in on standing ones that have a second act as furniture and can really make a room pop.

My favorite, after a lot of challenges, was this lovely little planter from Anthro. A great entry point in both size and price, but big in style, I liked how it attracts attention, flatters the plant and can easily be used in groupings – always the best way.


This pick found on Wayfair looks a lot like many other contemporary planters, but for a much more budget-friendly price. It’s best for indoor use, but can be used partially outdoors as well, and comes in three darker colors (although we prefer white!). The minimalist design makes this planter a perfect home for something taller and striking—consider the snake plant or calathea.

These fun patterned planters from West Elm are an easy way to add an eye-catching statement to your space. You have a lot of options here: wide and tall versions, as well as four different color/pattern options—plus, if pattern isn’t your thing, West Elm sells a solid version as well. This planter is indoor-only, and is especially suited to larger plants like the dragon tree or yucca.

On the high end of the price spectrum is this giant planter from Jonathan Adler. It also comes in yellow and orange, but we love this versatile, deep blue shade for any time of year and room. Standing tall at almost 2 feet, this planter works best for larger plants like a fiddle leaf fig.


For the maximalists out there, check out this bright gold planter from Target’s Project 62 line. It’s small enough to fit on a side table but eye-catching enough to attract attention, making it a great home for your plant babies to grow. Consider using it to house a fern, pothos or philodendron—really any small to mid-size plant will do.

Urban Outfitters has been killing the plant game lately, so it was hard to choose just one favorite, but we’re seriously loving the sleek modern look of the indoor Adelphi planter. It comes in two very different finishes—the bronze is ultra contemporary and a bit more industrial, while the white feels a bit warmer and more minimalist. You can’t go wrong either way.

If a no-frills metal planter is what you want, this pick from Crate & Barrel delivers. Made of iron with a decidedly architectural feel, the Dundee planter can be purchased on its own, or with a simple matching stand. Choose from different heights based on your style—the sky is really the limit here. We recommend brighter, more eye-catching plants to contrast with the dark metal, like calathea, or even flowers like begonias, kalanchoe or orchids.

This indoor/outdoor planter was created by Danish design studio Norm Architects with the idea to make the design as simple as possible to keep the focus on the plants. Hence, these planters come in just black and white with three different height options. Like the Crate & Barrel pick above, go for something colorful and/or striking, like a ZZ plant or snake plant.


For a true plant stand, check out this IKEA classic, which can house three plants at different levels for an interesting visual display. The planters themselves aren’t included, but that just means you have full creative license to make this plant stand exactly how you want. Of course, we have some ideas: put vases full of colorful flowers on each platform, or mix and match with small and larger planters. Cascading plants will also look great on this stand—try pothos or ivy.

From Arkansas-based Etsy shop Simon and Mouse, this wooden stand doesn’t come with a planter, giving you a lot to work with. You can choose from three different stain options (natural, walnut or cherry), and the stand itself can be flipped over and used on either side, allowing for two different pot sizes. Our favorite part about this durable little stand is the interesting shape, plus the great price.

This planter isn’t all wood, but it undeniably has a very cozy garden feel to it. For indoor use only, this pick from the plant experts over at Terrain is traditional while still looking at home in any modern space. As such, we recommend filling it with a fern or something leafy like pothos. Alternately, cascading plants would add an attractive touch to the planter’s wooden legs.

  1. Too much water is just as bad as too little. When you water too frequently, the soil becomes waterlogged, essentially drowning the plant since it “breathes” through the soil. Signs of overwatering include brown leaves, roots growing near the soil’s surface, and mold.
  2. Your plants NEED light! I have to admit that I’m guilty of trying to make plants work in my windowless bedroom. I desperately wanted it to work, but alas. You can probably keep some plants alive with minimal light, but they certainly won’t thrive or last for long. Your plants need sunshine, or at least a grow light, but don’t worry if that’s not doable in your space — there are plenty of lovely fake plants on the market!
  3. Be wary of over-fertilizing. It may be tempting to throw in some fertilizer while watering, but doing it too much can result in burned roots that have a harder time absorbing nutrients. Signs include blackened roots, dropping leaves, fertilizer crust on the soil’s surface, and slowed growth.

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