How to choose a stand for indoor plants?
Moving from the window sills deep into the interiors, indoor plants can settle not only on furniture. Stands for indoor plants - 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 coasters for indoor plants, less often attention is paid to practicality than to decorativeness. But this is far from always right: the larger the plants and containers, the more carefully the stands are chosen.
Why do we need stands for indoor plants?
Indoor plants are so different that in one place it is not easy to find ideal conditions for everyone to discover beauty. Window sills have long ceased to be a place of accumulation of plants, but the problems have not disappeared. Having migrated to the interior, green and blooming pets often suffer from the same problem - the wrong "presentation" and crowding.
Of course, placing a single orchid on a dresser and 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 always arises of how to place them successfully (and conveniently). After all, you need to think about daily care.
A universal, 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 make up decorative and architectural groups in which each culture seems unique.
In fact, using multi-level stands in the interior, flower growers imitate nature, because in the natural environment, plants are arranged in tiers. Vines and groundcover, trees, shrubs and epiphytes do not change their character in the interior.
Sometimes it’s indicated in the recommendations how plants are better placed: some cultures tend to go up, others look better on the same level as the review. And there are those that are good when viewed from above, like decorating the floor. Stands are a great chance to present the collection, maximally revealing the decorativeness and shape of each plant and providing the plants with what they need. By placing plants at different levels, coasters solve the problem of uneven lighting and air circulation in groups.
Today, the assortment of stands for indoor plants is in no way inferior to either the choice of containers or the choice of the pets themselves. Finding coasters on any wallet, taste and color - no problem for a long time. But to get a stand that you don’t want to get rid of after a year is a much more non-trivial task.
Stands are often perceived as just an element of the interior, forgetting about important details, which then lead to disappointment. Wear resistance, stability, size, if you make a mistake in the choice, can negate all efforts to create comfort and a special atmosphere in the house. But it’s worth starting the search for the stand with the interior.
The starting point is not plants, but a room
Stands for indoor plants are primarily used for convenient placement of indoor crops. But this does not mean that for their correct choice you need to focus only on plants. In fact, coasters for indoor plants are elements of small architecture. And it’s worth choosing them based on this.
The interior, its style, free space, furniture in the room, the features of its functionality, the nature of use, the lines of movement and aesthetics should remain the main guidelines in finding the perfect stand for indoor cultures.
It is from the style of the interior and the materials used in it that it is worth starting from the choice of stands:
- the stand should fit into the general concept and style of the interior, if possible - emphasize it;
- when choosing, it is worth remembering the materials and their texture (metal should repeat the elements already present in the room, and wood should match the species);
- stand lines, shape and silhouette should fit into the room: aggressive, straight, heavy stands are permissible only in large rooms, small ones require elegant and airy silhouettes;
- the stand should not be larger than “medium” pieces of furniture and occupy more than 5% of the room’s space.
To avoid disappointment, measure the free space on which you want to place the stand. Better yet, draw a sketch. Determine the maximum height and width along with the restriction of style frames. And then carefully examine the “candidate” from all sides.
The most reliable options are forged metal coasters, 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.
Matching the stand to indoor plants
But when choosing coasters, 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 it is very easy to understand them.
Large plants and heavy tanks
Regardless of whether it is a single plant or a group of large tubers, 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 right option.
For large plants, heavy forged and molded supports, or at least models with such legs, are suitable. They perfectly balance the heaviness of the containers and look airy and elegant. Do not overload the space, even if more than one plant is placed on them.
Medium solitary plants, especially flowering
They are best placed on medium-sized, convenient, single stands with a surface area that allows you to place only one pot with a small margin. Exhibited for dividing space or against a wall, they allow you to emphasize the effect and turn the plants into a point of attraction, the main element of the decor or an analogue of a living bouquet.
Large groups, compositions, collections of varieties of one species
For specific or thematic compositions of 2-5 plants in not very large pots, closets or flower tables are best suited. Pots on them are placed 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 a not very large amount of furniture, allowing you to make another flat element.
“Motley” groups from different species, especially with different growth forms
For colorful collections, coasters with a large distance between plants are chosen, multilevel, rather voluminous. Most often - forged or minimalist in high-tech style - with the play of metal and glass or metal and wood. They are a combination of individual stands, niches or "little tables", on each of which one plant is placed. Such coasters allow you to place at different levels from 3 to 12, and sometimes 15 plants.
The capacity of the stands 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 display on it.
If you buy a stand for certain plants, put them in a row or a group and see how exactly they look best - closely, side by side, at a distance, at the same level or at several? A preliminary assessment is a great option to help you make a choice.
Practical nuances of choosing stands for plants
When buying coasters for indoor plants, you should not forget about a few purely practical nuances.
Paul and his protection. Wooden floors and coatings that are unstable to mechanical stress will require additional protection or the 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, it’s better to think over mobility. The presence of wheels on flower tables is especially important.
Stability, depth of supports, the ability to place pallets, versatility, the required care, the ability to place pots with different diameters are also very important “little things”.