Tutorial: How to Build a Ladder Plant Stand

I actually started to work a bit outdoors, since the weather it’s starting to be nicer here in Okinawa, Japan. But all we have is a small balcony with ugly concrete flooring, so I started searching the web for inspiration for makeovers and I am happy to say that I am in the middle of giving our balcony a makeover. So today I’ll be sharing a cute Ladder Plant Stand I made, it is super practical for a small space and will hold all our veggies and flowers.

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH - Inspiration out of a magazine

Isn’t this ladder plant stand super cute? I would have loved to use a real ladder for this, but since we are overseas my options were limited. However, building it from scratch wasn’t as hard as you may think!

Follow this easy tutorial to build your own tiered ladder plant stand for the patio or porch. Perfect for flowers, an herb garden, or a small container garden.

How to Build a Ladder Plant Stand
by Oh Everything Handmade



  • Total 253″ of boards ( buy – three 6 ft x 3 1/2″  + one 3 ft x 3 1/2″ )
  • 2″ square legs ( 3ft tall )
  • Kreg Jig
  • Screwdriver
  • Electric Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Saw (electric or handsaw)
  • Clamps
  • Nails
  • Screws 1″ and 1 1/2″
  • Corner brackets
  • Stain or Paint
  • Waterproof wood finish


Leg Assembly

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Building instructions - How to put together the legs

  • Cut all the ends of the 35″ boards at a 22.5º angle. Make sure they are both the same length after the cuts
  • Cut the back legs at the same height
  • Add glue to each board and secure with clamps.
  • Use a Kreg jig drill bit to drill a sinking hole for the screw (see images 2-3 above).
  • Screw both legs together with a 1 1/2″ pocket screw

To give the top board a better hold I attached corner brackets, the top boards are 16″ long and 3 1/2″ wide. Gluing the two boards together before assembly is recommended.

Horizontal board assembly

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Building instructions - How to attach the horizontal boards

  • Measure 11″ from the top down on both legs
  • Drill pocket holes on each end of the support boards (see image above and below)
  • Align and level the horizontal boards between legs (TIP: to keep the boards in place use clamps but only tighten them slightly so you can still move the horizontal board)
  • Use 1 1/2″ pocket screws to attach the boards onto the legs (additional gluing is optional)
  • When attaching the front board make sure it is lowered by 3/4″ – measure 11 3/4″ from the top down

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Building instructions - How to attach the horizontal boards part2

Attach the shelves

  • The boards for the second shelving measure 8.5″  x 3 1/2″
  • Drill pocket holes at the bottom (one side only)
  • Gluing the boards to each other is recommended (make sure to let them dry before continuing)
  • Align, level and attach the boards with 1″ pocket hole screws
  • Use scrap wood for the sides (this it to cover any gaps and to close of the shelving)

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Building instructions - How to attach the side bracket

  • Use wood glue and a clamp to secure the wooden piece on the side (as seen above). I also used two screws on the bottom to connect the pieces

Bottom Board Assembly

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Building instructions - How to attach the horizontal side boards

  • The boards for the bottom shelving measure 15″ x 3 1/2″
  • For the sides I used 3/4″ thick scrap wood that I cut to 1 3/4″ x 15″
  • Add pocket holes to one side of all the boards, including the side boards
  • Once everything is attached, glue and nail the front piece on – my measurements are 1 3/4″ x 15 1/2″

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Building instructions - How to attach the horizontal front board

Sand, Stain, and Apply a Waterproof Finish

  • I only sanded the corners and where I had written on
  • Once sanded, dust the ladder shelves off and start applying the stain or paint
  • I used black water-based stain, mixed with a water-based weathered wood stain
    • Stain mixture: 3/4 part black stain with 1/4 part weathered wood stain
  • Let dry overnight and apply 1-2 coats of waterproof sealer

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Finished project

DIY Plant Ladder Shelf @Remodelaholic

Want more gardening ideas? Check out this garden fence from Betty over at Oh Everything Handmade:

GardeningFence by Oheverythinghandmade


For the past month or so I have been growing some garden tomatoes (successfully), however after I put some belt pepper seedlings into the ground I had to find out that our wild rabbit likes the leaves… not good at all! That’s why I haven’t planted my other veggies yet, the fear of mr. rabbit …




and more garden ideas like these here on Remodelaholic:

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Betty is a “stay at home mom” by day, an aspiring entrepreneur, crafter, DIYer and blogger by night. She loves to share budget-friendly home improvements, fun DIY projects and nifty, thrifty makeovers with you on her blogOh Everything Handmade.
Molly is a farmhouse-obsessed DIYer who likes her dogs and long walks on the beach. Find more of her shiplap and burlap style at MyWebsite.com.

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