If you’re anything like me or my friends, the long months of being trapped inside – through winter and then quarantine – have awoken a desire for green, green, and more green. While not everyone has access to gardening space, for many, this thirst for foliage has been quenched by owning houseplants. Here at UppWell, we’re all for houseplants – we’ve even listed some of the best ones to have in the summer! We love how easy they are to care for, provided you don’t make a few key mistakes. A plant stand makes a gorgeous accent to a potted plant’s beauty – they can allow you to display your home greenery in aesthetically pleasing ways.
However, if you’ve never used a plant stand before, you might find it really hard to know what to look for. Here’s a list of things we think you should keep in mind when deciding on a plant stand.
A plant stand that is environmentally friendly and biodegradable
We recommend that you look for a plant stand that is made of biodegradable material, such as wood. Many plant stands being sold today are made of metal, which can be quite sturdy… but can cause havoc for the environment. Tin metal takes around 100 years to break down, and steel can take several hundred years longer, and never fully breaks down. They are completely non-biodegradable, as the microorganisms in landfills do not consume metal particles. We recommend plant stands made of wood, simply for the fact that wood eventually degrades and breaks down into the earth. You can rest assured that your plant stand isn’t hanging around several hundred years from now!
A plant stand that is durable
So let’s say you’ve decided that you’re going to buy a plant stand that is made of wood. Great choice – the planet will thank you for it! But not all wood is created equal, when it comes to furniture. There are generally two types of wood: there’s softwood, which is generally made from evergreen trees like firs and pines, as well as hardwood, which is generally made from deciduous trees (trees that shed their leaves annually), like maple or oak trees. Deciduous trees generally grow slower than evergreen trees, and as a result their wood is generally denser. A general rule of thumb is that hardwood is best for furniture, as it is sturdier due to its added density and breaks less easily.
If you want the hardness and resistance of a specific type of wood to be measured, you can look at their ratings using the Janka hardness test. The Janka test measures the ability of any type of wood to resist wear and tear such as denting.
Acacia wood is one of the best hardwoods for furniture – it is incredibly durable, and has a natural glossy finish that stands out in any home setting. This is proven using the Janka test – it has scores of 1700 (for large leaf acacia) and 2220 (for small leaf acacia). Bamboo, which is classified as a hardwood, is also a strong contender – certain varieties can have Janka scores of over 3000!
A plant stand that is versatile
It goes without saying that not all plants are going to fit in the same size of pot! What you should be looking for when shopping for the perfect plant stand is the ability to accommodate various sizes of pots, for various sizes of plants. You don’t necessarily want to have to buy a new plant stand every time you replace one plant with another, right? That would add unneeded waste to our Earth!
When you’re thinking about purchasing a stand from a specific retailer, make sure that they provide exact measurements for the product on the item page. A good retailer should include the plant stand’s height, width, and diameter at the very least. You’ll know they’re a quality company if they also provide you with the measurements of the possible pots it can hold, as well as its weight capacity.
A plant stand that is easy to assemble
Last but not least… you should look for a plant stand that is easy to get up and ready to look for! Most plant stands, especially ones made of wood, will often require some assembly when they arrive at your doorstep. This is because they’re often too big to ship in their final form. It may be hard to tell before you actually purchase, but you want to make sure that the plant stand is easy for even beginners to assemble. All the equipment needed to assemble (nuts, bolts, etc.) are included in your package. If they’re worth their salt, plant stand manufacturers may even provide mini instruction manuals on their item pages, or make them available before purchase. You don’t want to have the peace you get by having plants to be broken by the stress of putting a plant stand together!