- 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
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.
Best plant shelves for walls
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.
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
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.
Best plant shelves with grow lights
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!
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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