Moving from the window sills deep into the interiors, indoor plants can settle not only on furniture. Indoor plant stands are an original, decorative and practical way to place them. They often help out with large collections and help group plants without losing “living space”. When choosing stands for indoor plants, practicality is often paid less attention than decorativeness. But this is far from always correct: the larger the plants and containers, the more carefully the coasters are chosen.
How to choose a stand for indoor plants?
Why do we need indoor plant stands?
Indoor plants are so different that it is not easy to find ideal conditions for everyone in one place to reveal their beauty. Window sills have long ceased to be a place of accumulation of plants, but the problems have not disappeared anywhere. Having migrated to the interior, green and flowering favorites often suffer from the same problem – incorrect “presentation” and cramped conditions.
Of course, placing a single orchid on a dresser and a violet on a table is not at all difficult. But if the number of plants is not limited to 1-3 per room, the question invariably arises of how to arrange them successfully (and conveniently). After all, you need to think about daily care.
A versatile, always fashionable and easy way to find a special place for indoor plants – stands. Different in size, style, materials and shape, they allow you to effectively raise plants to a new level and create decorative and architectural groups in which each culture will seem unique.
In fact, using multi-level stands in the interior, flower growers imitate nature, because in the natural environment the plants are arranged in tiers. Lianas and ground covers, trees, shrubs and epiphytes do not change their character in the interior either.
How best to place plants is sometimes indicated in the recommendations: some crops tend to go up, others look better at the same level with the overview. And there are those that are good when viewed from above, like decorating the floor. Coasters are a great chance to present the collection, maximizing the decorativeness and shape of each plant and providing the plants with what they need. By placing plants at different levels, stands solve the problem of uneven lighting and air circulation in groups.
Today, the range of stands for indoor plants is in no way inferior to either the choice of containers or the choice of the indoor pets themselves. Finding coasters for every wallet, taste and color is not a problem for a long time. But getting a stand that you won’t want to get rid of in a year is a much more non-trivial task.
Coasters are often perceived as just an element of the interior, forgetting about the important little things, which then lead to disappointment. Durability, stability, size, if you make a mistake in the choice, can negate all efforts to create coziness and a special atmosphere in the house. But it’s worth starting the search for a stand from the interior.
The starting point is not the plants, but the room
Indoor plant stands are primarily used for convenient placement of indoor plants. But this does not mean that for their correct selection, you need to focus only on plants. In fact, stands for indoor plants are elements of small architecture. And it is worth picking them up on this basis.
The interior, its style, free space, furniture in the room, features of its functionality, use, movement lines and aesthetics should remain the main reference points in the search for the ideal stand for indoor crops.
It is from the style of the interior and the materials used in it that it is worth starting in the choice of stands:
- the stand should fit into the overall concept and style of the interior, if possible – emphasize it;
- when choosing, it is worth remembering about the materials and their texture (the metal should repeat the elements already present in the room, and the wood should match the species);
- the lines of the stands, the shape and silhouette should fit into the room: aggressive, straight, heavy stands are permissible only in large rooms, small ones require graceful and airy silhouettes;
- the stand should not be larger than “average” pieces of furniture and occupy more than 5% of the room space.
To avoid disappointment, measure the free space where you want to place the stand. Better yet, draw a sketch. Determine the maximum height and width along with limiting the style boxes. And then carefully examine the “candidate” from all sides.
The most reliable options are forged metal stands, which, even in a small room, do not overload the space. Metal vertical column stands and classic wooden stands also fit into almost any interior.
Read also our article Flower boxes – an option for placing plants for the interior.
Matching the stand to indoor plants
But when choosing stands, you need to be guided not only by the interior. True, there are not so many criteria for determining the practical characteristics of the stands and they are very easy to understand.
Large plants and heavy containers
Regardless of whether we are talking about one plant or a group of large tubs, the stand should, first of all, be strong and low. Stability, the ability to hold the plant even with an accidental push, reliable legs are the only correct option.
For large plants, heavy forged and cast stands or at least models with such legs are suitable. They perfectly balance the heavy weight of the containers and look airy and elegant. They do not overload the space, even if more than one plant is placed on them.
Medium single plants, especially flowering
It is better to put them on medium-sized, comfortable, single stands with a surface area that allows you to place just one pot with a small margin. Exposed for dividing space or against a wall, they allow you to emphasize showiness and turn plants into a point of attraction for the eye, the main element of decor or an analogue of a living bouquet.
Large groups, compositions, collections of varieties of the same species
For species or thematic compositions of 2-5 plants in not very large pots, jardinieres or flower tables are best suited. The pots are placed on them tightly, but so that each plant has access for watering and inspection.
Round tables and their more original alternatives are very convenient, especially for rooms with not very much furniture, which allows you to add another flat element.
“Motley” groups of different species, especially with different growth patterns
For variegated collections, stands with a large distance between plants, multilevel, rather voluminous, are chosen. Most often – forged or minimalist in high-tech style – with a play of metal and glass or metal and wood. They are a combination of individual stands, niches or “tables”, on each of which one plant is placed. Such stands allow you to place at different levels from 3 to 12, and sometimes 15 plants.
The capacity of the coasters is determined by the collection, not the interior. After all, the number of “places” for plants should be dictated by what collection you want to exhibit on it.
If you buy a stand for specific plants, line them up or in a group and see exactly how they look best – crowded, side by side, distant, on the same level or on several? A preliminary estimate is a great option to help you make a choice.
Read also our article My Houseplant Placement Tricks.
Practical nuances of choosing plant stands
When buying stands for indoor plants, you should not forget about a few more purely practical nuances.
Gender and his protection… Wooden floors and coatings that are unstable to mechanical stress will require additional protection or replacement of ordinary wheels with special ones, and not all models allow you to stick a protective layer or change mechanisms. Not every material can withstand strong pressure.
If you plan to move the stand often, then it is better to consider mobility… The presence of casters on flower tables is especially important.
Stability, depth of supports, the ability to place pallets, versatility, required care, the ability to place pots with different diameters are also very important “little things”.