Thinking about adding a vertical garden to your patio or balcony? A staircase plant stand provides a good amount of growing space for container plants, including vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.
This project is designed so you can get all of the required materials at Lowe's. The only tools you'll
need are an electric drill and a circular saw. You can also cut the lumber with a hand saw. The top
copper bar allows room for hanging baskets and the side supports could be used to support climbing
beans or tomato vines.
If you're short on space, the area below the steps is perfect for stashing a watering can and other
garden supplies. Move the whole thing indoors during the winter months to give your plants
maximum light in front of sliding glass doors or a window. The finished size of the unit is 6-feet tall by
3-feet wide and 36 inches deep at the base.
Brown pressure-treated lumber was used in this project.
The staircase is made from two 4-step risers and eight 3-foot boards.
Four 3-foot boards will be used for the back step pieces.
Set aside the remaining four 3-foot boards for Step 2.
Each board is attached to the step riser with four screws (two at each end).
Pre-drill the pilot holes. These holes should be 3/4-inch from the board ends and 1-inch in from the
sides. The screws should land right in the middle of the riser wood.
Place the stair risers securely against a wall; you may want someone to hold them in place while
you work. To place the risers in the correct position, be sure the 8 1/2-inch sections are horizontal
and the shorter 7-inch sections are vertical (see diagram above).
Starting with the top step, line up the edge of the first board with the outer edge of the stair riser and
secure in place with a 2 1/2-inch deck screws.
Repeat on the other end.
Attach the three remaining boards.
The entire unit should be 3 feet wide when assembled.
The front step boards extend slightly
beyond the risers.
Leave a slight gap between the front
and back step boards to allow for
Drill pilot holes and then attach the
front boards to the risers. Be sure to
place these screws so they attach to
the riser wood, not in the overhanging
The support frame is made from
two 6-foot pieces of lumber,
two 3-foot pieces, and a copper
pipe for hanging plants.
Use 1-inch screws to attach
each floor flange to each 6-foot
pieces of lumber above the
copper pipe. The top edge of
each flange should be three
inches from the top of the lumber.
Secure the copper pipe in the
Drill pilot holes and then attach
the 3-foot pieces of lumber
between the tops of the 6-foot
pieces of lumber above the
Place the staircase steps in a level position and line up the back edge of the support frame with the
back edge of the risers.
With the staircase level, secure the support frame to the sides of the risers with four 2 1/2-inch deck
Attach the remaining 3-foot piece of lumber between the support frame, behind the staircase steps,
approximately 16 inches from ground. This gives the whole unit extra stability.
I opted to give my plant stand a final coat of brown wood stain.
Here are some ideas:
At the end of the season, bring your plant stand indoors and give your houseplants nice, even light in
a sunny location during the winter months.