This freestanding plant shelf can be manipulated for so many uses – a cedar plant stand (as in this article) bathroom storage or for a child’s bedroom if painted white, and Crate & Barrel are selling a teak version (at $800 US) that looks spectacular as office furniture. These free building plans will help you with whatever version fits your home and needs.
You wanna know what’s been going on over here?
You don’t really, but I’m ticked so I’m going to force it on you….
My site has been down.
Worse, my site has been down because it was hacked. I paid for a firewall to try and stop the hackers and the firewall itself broke my site security.
If you see steam coming out of your screen that’s me – that’s how ticked I am. I paid $300 US for firewall protection to try and stop this/these hackers from adding FULL SENTENCES and UNAPPROVED links into my blog posts over the last 7 years (I only find them when I go back to search for an article, so there could be hundreds/thousands of hacks). I activated the firewall, and the site broke. I contacted my host 5 times and each time they said it was fixed and would show in 24 hours and each time it wasn’t.
When it finally was fixed – you/my readers – got a 404 message if you tried to access anything on my site.
So – why did I blather for so long about my frustrations?
Because if you receive my emails, then you will have seen this post already – but I had to revert to a back-up of my site that was just prior to me writing this – so the original article was lost.
Nothing like doing the same job twice eh?
But, the reader that submitted the finished photos for this article really did such a spectacular job of building and staging here freestanding plant shelf that it had to be shared again so that everyone could see what is possible with this build.
DIY cedar plant stand
I’ll start with the building plans for my freestanding angled bookcase – an $800 knock-off from Crate & Barrel:
I love this shelf and no sooner had I finished the first one, then I already had plans to manipulate it a bit into a freestanding plant shelf for my Aunt.
The only changes?
I used cedar instead of spruce so it could withstand the elements outside without any finish and I swapped out the plywood shelves for slatted shelves to allow water and light to shine through.
I love cedar.
I love cutting cedar, I love the smell of cedar, I love the aging patina of cedar…
This is going to remain beautiful for years.
The best part about this being an ANGLED freestanding plant shelf is that every layer is able to receive sunlight. You can put full-sun plants on every shelf and not worry that they will be too shaded to grow!
An incredibly talented reader used my freestanding angled bookcase plans – made hers slightly wider – and then staged it with her herb garden:
She did treat her shelves with some kind of finish as you can see the sheen in her photos (which I have her permission to share), and she tucked a drip line in behind so it’s hidden from view, but still feeding each pot.
I’m crazy for her front porch!
I want to be invited over just to admire her design skill!
You can put this freestanding plant shelf anywhere and make it in any width or wood you want.
I’ve seen some painted white for bathroom storage or for a child’s bedroom. Crate & Barrel are selling a teak version which is spectacularly gorgeous for an office, and I’m (of course) quite smitten with the idea and look of it as a vertical garden.
The weather’s beautiful, it’s still early enough in the planting season that you can whip this freestanding plant shelf out and stock it full of your favourite annuals, patio pots, herbs and even climbing vines!
As for my website?
It’s not fixed, but at least it’s working.
BUT if you see weird sentences that encourage you to click over to “Japanese shower systems”, “Maker Pipe” or “Lock up Garages” – to name just a few of the scuzzy, shitty, awful, lazy companies that hire these degenerate hackers – try to ignore them and NEVER click the link unless you see my affiliate disclosure at the beginning of my posts. Bastards!! (I’ll do my best to clean them up as I come across them)
Unless it’s a link to my building plans – those are real (as above).
But you should definitely go build – it’s fun and you’ll be so proud of yourself when you’re finished!
Have a great one!