Got Houseplants? From Stool to Plant Stand, This IKEA Hack Is Simply Awesome

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

If you've been flexing your green thumb, here's an IKEA hack made just for you: we took a simple IKEA Frosta stool and made it into a stylish plant stand. Way to elevate your greenery, right?

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

Things You'll Need

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

Step 1

Place the bottom of the pot in the center of the stool and trace around it.

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

Step 2

Flip your pot upside down (so that the opening touches the bottom), center it on the stool, and trace around it.

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

Step 3

You'll now have two circles representing the minimum and maximum circumference of the pot. Mark a third line (dotted in illustration) between the two circles, as this is where you'll make your cut.

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

Step 4

Using the third line you drew (centered between the minimum and maximum circumference lines) as a guide, drill a hole so that you can insert and use your jigsaw.

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

Step 5

Insert your jigsaw in the drilled hole and slowly cut along the middle line.

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins
IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

Step 6

After you have cut the hole, use sandpaper to smooth the edges of the cut.

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

Step 7

Having cut a circle in the center of the stool, the legs (that were pre-measured) are now too big and will need to be adjusted to fit accordingly. Hold the leg at its originally marked place and note where on the leg you'll need to cut.

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

Step 8

Cut along the marked line, removing the excess piece of leg.

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

Step 9

Having cut the excess piece of leg, you will also have removed one of the two pre-drilled holes. To make a new (second) hole, mark and drill a hole using a drill bit that is the same measurement as the screws that came with the stool.

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

Step 10

Optional: To ensure a smoother finish, use a larger drill bit to enable the screw to sit countersink to the leg surface.

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

Step 11

With your adjusted legs now prepared, screw them onto the stool.

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

Finally, place your pot within the stool for your finished (gorgeous) product.

IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins
IKEA FROSTA Stool Hack Into Plant Stand
credit: Lucy Akins

TIP: Don't have a watering can? No problem. Simply remove the pot and take it to the sink to water it, returning it to the stand once the water has drained.


Lucy Akins

Lucy Akins

Lucy Akins is an artist, photographer, blogger, and speaker living in Toronto, Ontario. Her work has been published in several magazines, including: Cottages and Bungalows, American Farmlife Style, National Geographic Kids, Better Homes and Gardens, and more. Lucy enjoys sharing her passion for watercolor, decorating and creating as she believes there is an artist in all of us. When not creating, Lucy can be found enjoying time with her husband, their three children and their energetic Aussie pup, Brody.