DIY Aquarium Cabinet and Stand Plans

Aquarium with cichlids fish from lake malawi
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Here are DIY plans for making flat, open style aquarium display stands, and cabinet designs that incorporate the use of closed cupboards below to store your equipment and aquarium products. DIY aquarium stands and cabinets are a great way to customize your aquarium's look and save a lot of money at the same time.

  • 01 of 07

    DIY Simple Aquarium Stand

    48" diy Aquarium Stand

    Stan Hauter

    This is a DIY aquarium stand that looks great, doesn't cost much (less than $35!) and takes less than 2 hours to build. This aquarium stand can be modified to hold almost any tank from 10g to 75g up to 48" long. The tools that are required are minimal, with power tools (a circular saw and drill motor in this case) being the best choice for fast and easy construction.

  • 02 of 07

    Basic Aquarium Cabinet Frame Plan

    Basic DIY Aquarium Stand Frame

    Stan Hauter

    Tired of the off-the-wall aquarium cabinets? You can make the tank cabinet of your dreams in an afternoon for very little money, and it all starts with the basic cabinet frame. Plans and assembly instructions for an aquarium cabinet frame made of common 2"X4" lumber are easily modified to hold any aquarium. You can finish with any wood stain or paint you wish to match your decor. 

  • 03 of 07

    DIY Oak Aquarium Cabinet Graphics

    DIY Oak Aquarium Cabinet Plans

    Stan and Debbie Hauter

    The graphics for this DIY Oak Aquarium Cabinet give a good view of how the aquarium cabinet will come together. The graphics package includes a cut-out plan to help best utilize the oak plywood.

  • 04 of 07

    DIY Oak Aquarium Cabinet

    Completed DIY Oak Aquarium Cabinet
    Stan Hauter

    Complete plans for a DIY Oak Aquarium Cabinet, including material and tool lists, photos, and graphics. This cabinet looks terrific and is not difficult to build. While the description calls for oak plywood to be used, any material will work just as well. When looking for the plywood you want, try to find wood with a good grain pattern, then pick a stain to make it look like you want it to.

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  • 05 of 07

    DIY Aquarium Stand With Cinder Blocks

    DIY Aquarium Stand Assembly Diagram

    Stan and Debbie Hauter

    Are you looking for a stand to put your aquarium on that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? It's easy to make this inexpensive wood and cinder block that can hold one of the many 48" x 16" DIY 55 glass aquariums we have built over the years. This stand is both sturdy and economical. Preparation time is short, assembly only takes a few minutes, it can be constructed to fit just about any aquarium, and it's a do-it-yourself project that most anyone can do. 

  • 06 of 07

    Organize Your Aquarium Cabinet

    Disorganized aquarium cabinet
    Stan Hauter

    Here is an inexpensive (next to nothing) method for organizing all your "stuff" underneath your aquarium, making it easier to quickly find what you need when you need it. The materials needed for this are probably laying around your house.

  • 07 of 07

    DIY Multiple Tank Racks

    Multiple Tank Stand

    Stan and Debbie Hauter

    Here are plans for building a DIY Multiple Tank rack. Fast, easy and sturdy method to house a number of aquariums in a small space. This rack is easy to build with very few tools needed and can be constructed in less than an hour.