30 Neat DIY Fish Tank Stand Designs & An Easy-To-Follow DIY Tutorial

by craftmin | January 11, 2018

Whether you have an aquarium in your house or planning to aquire one, nothing is more important for enhancing the looks of your fish tank than an aquarium stand. Forget about buying one and get inspired to make one for yourself with these super cool DIY Fish Tank Stand ideas!

Simple DIY Fish Tank Stand Design by Shara

Before we dive into the DIY Fish Tank Stand plans, here are detailed instructions for building a beautiful aquarium cabinet stand made by Shara of Woodshop Diaries to give you an idea of what you’re about to get yourself in to. The best part is that this a woodworking project that will not take long to build! This DIY Fish Tank Stand plan is designed to be budget-friendly, reduce the amount of work, and handle the weight of the aquarium. Shara’s DIY cabinet can also work as a TV stand, console or just about anything.

So what materials do we need to build a DIY fish tank stand capable of handling an aquarium with 30 gallons of water and a few fish?


  • ¼” plywood (1/4 sheet)
  • ¾” plywood (1/2 sheet)
  • 2x10x8
  • (2) 2x2x8
  • (3) 2x4x8
  • (2) 1x3x8
  • Crown molding
  • Cove molding
  • Base molding
  • 2 knobs/pulls
  • 2 sets hinges
  • 1 ¼” pocket hole screws
  • 2 ½” pocket hole screws
  • Brad nails
  • Wood putty
  • Wood Glue


  • Kreg Jig for pocket holes
  • Circular saw
  • Miter saw
  • Nail gun
  • Drill


If you have all the materials and the tools, let’s get down to business! Here are the steps you need to carry out to replicate Shara’s aquarium cabinet stand.

Step 1 – Construct Cabinet Sides

You need a sturdy cabinet, so 2x4s will be enough for the frame. The cabinet will have a height of 32 inches and a width of 16 ½ inches. You can always customize these dimensions, depending on how tall or deep you want it to be.

Cut pieces of 2x4s  7 inches long and four pieces at 30 ½ inches long. Use screws and pocket holes to assemble the two sides then attach the bottom 2×4 just an inch away from the bottom.

Fit a piece of ¾-inch plywood in the opening before you attach the other 2×4 to the frame. Measure and cut exactly so that everything fits, with a height of 22 ½ inches and a width of 7 inches. Use screws and pocket holes to secure.

Finally, form the 2 side panels by attaching the remaining 2×4.

Step 2 – Construct Middle Support 

Construct another frame from 2x2s and use it to support the middle holding the weight. The “stretchers” and the two legs should have a length of 11 inches and 30 ½ inches respectively. Grab the 11 inches long bottom stretcher and attach it 2 ¼ inches from the bottom. Use screws and pocket holes to assemble. 

Step 3 – Construct the Cabinet

After you’ve accomplished steps 1 and 2, join all three parts. Cut 4 pieces of 13 inches long 2x4s and 2x2s, and drill pocket holes in both ends. Use 2x4s in the front and 2x2s in the back and assemble as shown.

Attach one side panel to the middle support first before attaching it to the other side panel using pocket hole screws. Attach the bottom 2x2s to the back 3 inch from the bottom and the front bottom 2x4s 1 inch from the bottom. This is the back view.

Step 4 – Attach the Bottom 

Cut a piece of ¾-inch plywood and fit it to the cabinet’s bottom. This should be 11 inches by 27 ½ inches. Drill pocket holes in both ends and screw it in place into the 2 side panels. The bottom part of the middle support should have it sitting in there.

Step 5 – Add the Top

For the cabinet top, use a 2×10 and make it 16 ½ inches wide and 36 inches long. Trim it down to size using a table saw or a circular saw. Here’s a tutorial on how to build cabinet/table tops.

After the top has been joined, use 2 ½ inches screw to secure it—making sure it is centered side to side—to the top supports of the back and the middle, and “toenailed” (drive the screws in obliquely) through the top of the front 2×4.

Step 6 – Add the Doors

Check out this DIY simple shaker style door tutorial. The doors should be 23 ½ inches tall and 14 inches wide.

Step 7 – Add Trim and Moldings

Add the crown molding around the top, cove to the insides of the side panels, and base around the bottom. Whether you do this after or before, it doesn’t matter. 

Step 8 – The Finale

Add some puttying and sanding, then apply Minwax Golden Oak to stain the cabinet and Minwax Polycrylic to apply polyurethane. Use simple overlay hinges to attach the doors and add pulls to the doors.

Ta-da! You’ve got yourself a gorgeous aquarium stand!

Well, that was just the beginning. In fact, there are tons of DIY fish tank stand plans that you might find are a better option for you. Check out the collection below for more aquarium stand designs and DIY tutorials.


Awesome DIY Fish Tank Stand Designs


1. ADA Style Fish Tank Stand

The use of ADA for this DIY fish tank stand design may cost more than $300, but it’s worth every penny! Go through the step-by-step here to build this gorgeous ADA style fish tank stand.

2. Beefed-up Aquarium Stand

DIY Fish Tank Stand Plans - Beefed-up Aquarium Stand

Source: reefnation

This DIY Fish Tank Stand project features a reinforced structure sturdy enough to handle 180-gallon systems. This stand is massive, so the floor that will hold it in place should also be reinforced.

3. Cool Fish Tank Stand Design with Secret Door for Sump

If you can’t find an aquarium stand with a space for the sump filtration system, why not just build one for yourself? This DIY fish tank stand design features a secret door to sneak the sump filtration system in. Follow the step-by-step instructions in this easy-to-follow tutorial to learn how to make this impressive aquarium stand.

4. 30-Gallon Aquarium Stand

This plywood- and lumber-made spiffy fish tank holder is very impressive. Its design allows it to support even 120-gallon fish tanks. You can also tweak the plans a bit so that this DIY fish tank stand can support 30-180 gallon tanks.

5. Raw Industrial Aquarium Stand

The use of galvanized framing connectors, glides and screws, and western red cedar wood for the frames gives this DIY fish tank design a “Raw Industrial” look. You’ll need to invest some time and effort to build this snazzy aquarium stand! Visit this forum for the full tutorial.

6. Clever Fish Tank Stand Designs

DIY Fish Tank Stand Plans - Clever Fish Tank Stand Designs

Source: wikiHow

Raise your reefs, fishes and fries and kick it up a notch in both aesthetics and height with this DIY fish tank stand plan. It only takes three easy steps to build the stand with the instructions provided at wikiHow.

7. Simple & Chic Fish Tank Stand

DIY Fish Tank Stand Plans: Simple & Chic Fish Tank Stand

Source: brouhaha

If you fancy a DIY fish tank stand design with a modern look, here is a superior homemade model that is sure to amaze you! It will not only perfectly support a 40-gallon aquarium but will give your interior a modern touch as well. You have got to try building one, and here’s how.

8. Chic Aquarium Stand

Never mind buying a stand for your fish tank – just go for this cheap alternative! Seeing your lovable aquatic pets swimming in a DIY fish tank stand you made won’t fail to uplift you. Follow this simple guide for how to build this DIY Chic Aquarium Stand and give your interior decor a nice dimension.

9. Dimensional Aquarium Stand 

DIY Fish Tank Stand Plans: Dimensional Aquarium Stand


The how-tos of this DIY fish tank stand project come with clear steps and explanatory images.

10. Wooden 55-Gallon Aquarium Stand

This minimal DIY fish tank stand design doesn’t require you to be crafty when it comes to woodwork, just to host your aquatic pets. This build doesn’t waste scraps, so set them aside for later use as you go on with the plan. For the how-to, check it out here.

11. Breathtaking Contemporary Fish Tank Stand

Functionality and clean lines are key in this contemporary DIY fish tank stand design. You don’t have to loose the purse strings for this conversation piece. Take a look at this tutorial and try building one for your aquatic friends!

12. Fish Tank Stand Cabinet

DIY Fish Tank Stand Plans: Fish Tank Stand Cabinet

Source: Angelfire

It’s amazing how the basic frame of this spacious DIY fish tank stand design is made using oak plywood. It also comes with a movable wooden top so you can easily feed your finned pets and clean the aquarium. Check out the fab guide loaded with helpful tips at Angelfire. 

13. 180-Gallon Wooden Fish Tank Stand

This DIY fish tank stand design uses 4x4s and 2x4s as frames in the corners. Instead of screws, the notched solid wood bears all weight. 1x4s are used for the trim and skin, and 1/2 inch plywood forwalls, the base and the top. You’ll need to have basic skills in carpentry to build this wonder in this tutorial.

14. Suave Fish Tank Stand

DIY Fish Tank Stand Plans: Suave Fish Tank Stand

Source: Aqua Nerd

This charming 80-gallon DIY fish tank stand design only requires you to follow this simple DIY tutorial to pull this off!

15. Tiered Aquarium Stand

Four 55-gallon aquariums—that’s what this DIY fish tank stand design is capable of supporting! Watch how this beauty is made in this video tutorial.

16. Strong Aquarium Stand 

Commercial fish tank stands sometimes fail to impress—their designs just do not suit your fancy or doesn’t support your aquarium well. Look no further because this simple DIY fish tank stand is customizable. Learn how to build this bad boy with this tutorial.

17. A-piece-of-cake Fish Tank Stand

If you have a knack for woodworking and wood finishing, a DIY fish tank stand project like these will be a piece of cake for you! Novice crafters might find these DIY projects worth learning first.

18. 10-Gallon Fish Tank Stand 

When this Simple DIY fish tank stand sits at the corner of your house, it’ll makes a comfy nook. Your colorful aquatic plants and pets will look pleasant swimming in this well-designed aquarium stand. Here over here to check it out.

19. 500-Gallon Aquarium Stand Design

DIY Fish Tank Stand Plans: 500-Gallon Aquarium Stand Design

Source: GARF

This 500-Gallon aquarium stand plan is just too massive to build. Luckily, Scott Morell has developed and shared his calculator to help you pull off this DIY fish tank stand project. The calculator also allows you to customize the aquarium stand that you’re going to build, so it’s not limited to helping you build a 500-gallon stand.

20. Artistic Fish Tank Stand


Give your fish tank a dapper stand suitable for 29 and 55-gallon aquariums without costing an arm and a leg with this thorough tutorial. 

21. 20-Gallon Long Aquarium Stand

Build your own DIY fish tank stand with this comprehensive video tutorial and find the perfect place for it to sit to make your interior decor more beautiful. 

22. Bow Front Fish Tank Stand Design

Instead of the traditional rectangular design, add a bit more depth and “wow factor” by building a DIY fish tank stand to fit a fish tank that bows out in the middle, giving it an aesthetically pleasing smooth, curved look. Too difficult? Not really, just learn how it’s done with this very detailed tutorial.

23. Hefty Fish Tank Stand

DIY Fish Tank Stand Plans: Hefty Fish Tank Stand

Source: brouhaha

Why not build this charming kiln-dried woodwork piece as your 40-gallon fish tank holder? This fame is both warp- and shrink-proof. Check out the plan and the directions here.

24. Heavily Built Aquarium Stand 

Showcase your fish tank with this burly DIY fish tank stand design which can perfectly support rectangular 75/90 gallon tanks. The contemporary design suit justs about any decor style in your home. Perhaps this video tutorial will help you build this pretty piece.

25. Stunning Aquarium Stand

The video tutorial shared by BuckeyeFrag26 via YouTube shows you the simple steps to build a DIY fish tank stand designed to support 29-250 gallon aquarium.

26. Homemade Fish Tank Stand

DIY Fish Tank Stand Plans: Building Fish Tank Stand at Home

Source: Reef Keeping

Make good use of your scrap wood by creating this amazing standfor your fish tank. Don’t you think your aquatic pet would find this DIY fish tank stand plan a fine accessory? This step-by-step tutorial will teach you how to build one!

27. Large Aquarium Stand

Even a voluminous fish tank that holds about 125 gallons will not be a problem for this impressive DIY fish tank stand design. The instructions here come with complete illustrations and plan. 

28. Attractive Fish Tank Stand with Canopy

This DIY fish tank stand is a burly piece of woodwork capable of comfortably hosting a 120-gallon aquarium. It features an ingeniously lit canopy a lot of storage. Find out how this marvel is made at Aquaria Central. 

29. Utilitarian Corner Aquarium Stand

DIY Fish Tank Stand Plans: Utilitarian Corner Aquarium Stand

Source: Reef Central

Do you want your den to be beautiful and artsy while still saving on floor space? This clever DIY fish tank stand design is just what you need! See how it’s done here.

30. Metal Fish Tank Stand

Massive aquariums need a lot of room underneath for filtration, so a DIY fish tank stand with welded steel frame would be your best choice. This means you don’t have to worry about the stand’s load-bearing capacity. This addresses the problem that wooden aquarium stands have when it comes to handling larger tanks—dividers (waste filtration space), bracing and supports. Check out how it’s done and start welding!

Video Tutorial – 55-Gallon Fish Tank Stand Design

Fish tank stands raise the beauty and height of your aquarium but you will probably find well-crafted aquarium stands sold in stores very expensive. Here’s a video tutorial that will teach you how to build an aquarium stand capable of supporting a 55-gallon fish tank.