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How To Make A Plant Furniture

Learn how to make a plant stand and decorate the hallways and transitional spaces of your home, filling them with life and color.

If we want to give a twist to the decoration of our home, plants are an excellent alternative. In addition to creating natural and fresh environments, its shapes and colors are ideal for highlighting spaces with little attention such as hallways and other transition areas.

Although these areas are usually narrow, we can use hanging shelves so as not to hinder the passage or overload them visually. There are discreet designs and simple shapes that we can easily create to place on the walls and decorate with plants.

What to do before building a plant cabinet?

1. Define the space

Before starting, we must define the space where we will place the furniture. We can place it on one of the walls of the living room, next to the main door, in the hallways that lead to the bedrooms, or inside the bathroom or kitchen. The only thing you have to take care of is that the circulation remains fluid and that the passage of light is not obstructed.

Another alternative is to place it near a window, this way the plants will receive enough sun and shade to grow. Once we have chosen the place we will have to measure the space so that the furniture has the correct dimension.

2. Select the plants

Indoor plants are basic for decoration. They are characterized by requiring high levels of luminosity, although it can vary depending on the species. It is best to look for those that are in partial shade or shade to facilitate care. Among those we can choose from are succulents, mini ferns, cacti or plants of abundance. The latter only need watering once a week.

To give movement and color to your spaces, include plants such as the Moses crib , African violets. or the kalanchoe . All three need to be placed in bright places (not under the sun) and in cool places, so the best option is to have them near a window.

3. Get the material 

To make shelves we do not need so many materials:

  • Boards.
  • Cord or rope.
  • Hooks .
  • Sandpaper.
  • Sealant.
  • Drill.

The number of pieces of wood will depend on the height of the wall and how long we want the shelf. For the latter we will also have to consider the space that we will leave between table and table.

How to make a plant furniture?

  1. Cut the wood:  to cut the wood we will first have to define the design of our furniture. They can be in the shape of a rhomboid or the classic rectangle. The thickness will depend on the size of the pots.
  2. Drill: then, with the drill, we will drill the corners through which the rope or cord will pass.
  3. Sand and add sealant: before joining the pieces we have to sand and seal them so that the surface is smooth and stable. Additionally, the sealer will help protect the wood from moisture.
  4. Let’s join the pieces!: we will put the cord in each corner of the board and tie it underneath so that they don’t slip. You have to calculate the distance between piece to piece so that the pots fit without complications.
  5. Install the hooks: once the furniture is ready, the hooks that will serve as support will have to be installed. They can be placed on the ceiling or on the wall, depending on the style we are looking for.
  6. Ready to hang: with the hooks in place we can now place the shelf and then the plants. We must make sure that it is firm and not exceed the weight.
  7. Additional decoration:  to complement the decoration, we can add some books. As for the rest of the room, we can add larger plants in some corners.

Tips for decorating a shelf 

This shelf design is simple and perfect for any decoration, however, we can play with some elements to personalize it even more.

Play with shapes

Instead of making it vertical, the shelf can go horizontal. We can intersperse the boards and arrange them along the wall, forming a swing shape. In order to hold them we will have to add a hook in the middle of some pieces.

Combine materials

To give it more texture we can mix different materials. Pots can be made of ceramic , wood, aluminum, clay , plastic, fiberglass, stone or resin . We can also choose them in different sizes to give movement.

Paint the shelves

If we want our furniture to stand out even more, we cannot stop painting the boards. Ideally, they should be in vibrant colors, such as blue, pink or yellow, to create a more fun atmosphere. They can be interspersed or all of the same tone.

Add memories

As already mentioned, an alternative to complement the decoration is to place other items. We can add a set of photo frames  with travel and family photographs to personalize it, or even put a small picture or painting of a landscape.

Do not saturate

This is important so that the furniture does not fall. The ideal would be to place a maximum of two pots per shelf and that they be well distributed so that one side does not look more overloaded than the other.

Other types of shelves that can be combined

Bottomless shelf

We are referring to shelves or shelves that only have the outline of the structure, so the wall becomes the background. This makes the room look more uniform and clean. To achieve a chromatic style we can add a pietra sand floor in our living room.

Shelf under a mirror

If we have an oval mirror in the living room or in one of the hallways, we can place just a shelf under it. This will not only allow us to place a small plant, but also leave keys, watches or some other accessory of daily use.

Floating shelf

They are those that do not have joints, they are attached directly to the wall, which makes them appear as if they are floating. Like bottomless designs, these types of shelves help make spaces look larger, cleaner and more organized. We can place as many as we want and distribute them in different ways!

Shelf inserted into the wall

There are shelves that can fit inside the gaps in some walls, this will make them look like part of the same space, making the most of the room. We can place some plants and even a television, if the space is large.

In the form of a ladder

If we want to be more original, we can use a medium-sized wooden or metal staircase to place our plants. If you choose this option, it is important to allocate a space where it does not interfere with the mobility and functionality of the space. If the steps are wide we can add boxes or wooden pallets to use them as flower pots.


Boxes made of pallets also function as shelves. We can stack them or place them loose (just like floating ones), to create more rustic and natural environments.

How to care for our indoor plants?

  • Water constantly: they have to stay moist (not wet). Water must be added every time the soil turns light in color or cracks. In the case of succulents , we have to wait until they are almost dry to water again.
  • Water temperature: it has to be at room temperature, otherwise we can damage the roots.
  • Place prepared soil: this product helps to properly drain water and increase oxygen, stimulating plant growth. It is very useful if we have clay pots, because they absorb some of the water.
  • Areas with light:  as already mentioned, we must choose areas of the house that have light inputs, since the quality, intensity and duration of the light will influence the growth of our plants.
  • You don’t have to move them much: once the location has been chosen, it is best not to change them. Plants adapt slowly to the atmosphere, so to avoid generating a negative impact, they will have to be kept in one place.

Now that you know how to make a plant stand, you can decorate those hallways and areas of your home that need a little color. There are many plant alternatives that you can incorporate indoors , bringing improvements not only decorative, but also for health and air quality.



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