11 Indoor Plant Shelves for Sprucing Up Your Space

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Many of us have become very intimate with greenery during the pandemic. In fact, Well+Good noted in our 2021 wellness trends report that the market research firm Technavio projects the flower and ornamental plant market to increase nearly $29 billion between 2020 and 2024. It's not so shocking how this embrace of plant life came to be, either. After all, when life's in lockdown, you might finally be able to find time to water your snake plant. And that's a good thing! Since plants can give you a mental health boost, you might as well stock up on your ferns, your begonias, your lavender. The only potential problem? Space. But not to worry; if your indoor garden feels crowded, look no further than indoor plant shelves.

Experts In This Article
  • Erin Marino, former director of brand marketing at The Sill

In addition to keeping your botanicals organized, indoor plant shelves can add an aesthetic touch to any blank space in the room. And while your plants will have the spotlight, you can also decorate plant shelves with photos and other home decor items around the house. As you shop, though, experts suggest you keep a few details in mind—especially if you're tending to active blooms. "Most plants need water on a weekly basis, so don't put your shelf up too high, where it will be difficult to reach it regularly," says Erin Marino, director of brand marketing at The Sill. "And speaking of water—wet potting mix can weigh a lot. Make sure you properly hang your shelf and are aware of the max weight it can hold." If your plants are high up on shelves, you might want to invest in a step stool, or get resourceful by using a spray bottle or use watering trays under planters that allow plants to soak up the water from the bottom up.

Oh, and try to keep mischievous pets in mind when you're setting up indoor plant shelves. "If your cat tends to push things off current shelves or tables, you might want to opt for a shelf that has a lip to avoid potted plants plummeting to the ground," Marino says.

Otherwise? Get shopping. Below find some creative solutions for indoor plant shelves to help you bring the benefits of green living indoors.

Best floor plant shelves and stands

Bamworld Plant Stand
Bamworld Plant Stand — $28.00

This natural wood stand can hold at least seven plants, and can be used indoor or outdoor. There are sturdy joint connectors (assembly required) to help the shelves withstand even your larger plants. And if you prefer a different configuration for your room, other than three-square, there are also ladder, rectangle, corner, and trapezium versions.

COPREE Bamboo Plant Stand
COPREE Bamboo 5-Tier Plant Stand — $36.00

If you don’t have a lot of room on your floor , make the most of your vertical space with this tall and narrow stand. You can choose between five and six tiers, and display plants or other home decor on the alternating shelves.

RHF Foldable Ladder Plant Stand
RHF Foldable Ladder Plant Stand — $58.00

Add a touch of farmhouse chic to your home. This foldable ladder (just fold down and go) is easy to move so you can find the perfect sunny spot, and it has four shelves to show off your thriving plants.

Brightech Aria LED Shelf Lamp — $100.00

This indoor plant shelf sneakily solves two decor problems at once: It’s a standing rack for small floorspaces, and it can banish low lighting. Those poles have an LED lighting capability, so you get a storage unit and lamp in all in one.

Best plant shelves for walls

FORESTBARN Hanging Shelves
FORESTBARN Hanging Shelves — $34.00

This style-forward option is great for plant parents who love a pocket bonsai or a micro orchid. They arrive in pairs, so if you want both a pocket bonsai and a micro orchid, you’re in luck.

TheCraftySwirl Two-Tone Hanging Shelves
TheCraftySwirl Two-Tone Hanging Shelves — $90.00

You can always use a classic hanging shelf, but the detail is what makes this pick add-to-cart-worthy. It features holsters for small potted shrubs, and a charming two-tone accent on each level. It’s also neutral enough to work in most households.

Rivet Hexagon Honeycomb Wall Shelf — $77.00

This statement setup is great for those who hate gardening but who may want some succulents to brighten up their home. Perfect for small succulents or other greens that won’t croak if you don’t water them for a week (or a month, if we’re being honest). It also doubles as modern wall art.

Best plant shelves for windows

IndoorWindowGardens Window Plant Shelf
IndoorWindowGardens Window Plant Shelf — $74.00

If your plants require regular sunshine, consider this acrylic hanging shelf specifically designed to align with your window. You can choose between two to four shelves, as well as various mounting options (hooks, angle bracket, mount), and the shelves are UV resistant so they won’t yellow over time.

Tree Suction Cup Acrylic Window Shelf
Tree Suction Cup Acrylic Window Shelf — $30.00

For a minimalist way to let small plants or herbs sunbathe, this set of two acrylic shelves can hold up to eight pounds each. They’re easy to install, too – just use the three suction cups on the back to attach to your window of choice.

Best plant shelves with grow lights

Rise Gardens Triple Family Garden
Rise Gardens Triple Family Garden — $970.00

This is a serious-business indoor plant shelf that’s more of a sophisticated greenhouse apparatus than anything else. But the product from Rise Gardens, which was one editor’s best home addition of 2020, only requires you to maintain your plants for a week or two. It’s self-watering with grow lights, and allows you to track your plants individual growth on an app. Bonus: Think of what you’ll save on groceries!

yadoker Plant Grow Light
yadoker Plant Grow Light — $27.00

This grow light + base is great for countertop, desks, shelves, or other spaces, to help smaller plants get some extra light. The pole is height adjustable, and the light emits all wavelengths, like natural sunlight. There’s also a built-in timer with three modes so you can set the right light schedule for your plants.

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