Stocking Stand

stocking stand
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Hang the stockings without a fireplace or drilling holes in the wall!  This quick and easy to build stocking stand cost under $20.  Free step by step plans from

One of my friends wanted to hang stockings for Christmas, but doesn't have a fireplace.  She didn't want to build an entire mantle, and didn't want to drill holes in her wall to hang a stocking shelf.

So I built her a stocking stand!

stocking stand with stockings

Stocking Stand Features

  • Quick and easy DIY project
  • Only cost about $20 to build
  • Just cut 2x4s and screw together
  • Sturdy and stable - doesn't feel flimsy or cheap
  • Beautiful farmhouse style wood tones will add texture to your home
  • Can lengthen easily or add more hooks for more stockings
  • Customize the stain color to match your home's style

Stocking Stand Video Tutorial

To help you build your own stocking stand, I also put together a video tutorial of the build process, so you can watch and use it to help you make your own stocking stand.


Is there a tutorial for the stocking name tags?

YES! To make this stocking stand even more special, I made stocking name tags (tutorial here).

personalized christmas stockings

The name tags were very easy to make and really took the project to the next level! So much cheaper than buying personalized Christmas stockings, and so easy to change out.  


Stocking Stand Tutorial

This tutorial is completely free!  Please just share a photo when you are done, you can tag me @anawhitediy on Instagram or share a brag post on this website by clicking the Red Button at the top right.

diy stocking stand


Dimensions diagram for stocking stand
Stocking stand dimensions as shown


Shopping List
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 8' or stud length
  • 12 - 2-1/2" long self tapping wood screws like these
  • 5 coat hooks or cup hooks or knobs

Coat hooks are about $2 a piece.  Cut hooks are about 10 cents each.  If you have leftover knobs, or Christmas themed knobs, use them for a fun touch.

Cut List
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 32"
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 10-1/2"
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 46"
Cutting Instructions

Cut the 2x4s, longest cuts first, with a compound miter saw (preferred) or a circular saw using a carpenter's square for straight edge as a guide.  

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Circular Saw


Step 1

Build two of the legs by attaching the shortest 2x4 to the medium length one.  Use two screws per joint.

Step 2

Attach the bottom lengthwise 2x4 to the two legs, two screws per joint.

Then attach the top 2x4 with screws.

Step 3

Find the center of the top 2x4 and attach hook.

Measure off the center 9" and attach next hooks.

Repeat for third row of hooks.

Finishing Instructions
Finish Used
I applied one coat of Varathane Golden Oak with a foam brush.



Fri, 11/06/2020 - 06:36

I love this idea. We downsized this year and no longer have a fireplace. My concern would be where to store it when not in use. Because it is sturdy, I wouldn't be able to fold it up and put away with the stockings. Suggestions for how to use it year-round?


Fri, 11/06/2020 - 08:13

I would like to make a version of this for friends that have 10 family members. To fit 10 stockings at 9" apart, the stand would be almost 8 feet long. So, I am considering making the stand taller and having 2 handing rails- one over the other. But I don't want it to be too tall. The hooks on your stand appear to be at 32" from ground. At this height, it appears that the bottom of the stockings sit about 5-6" from the ground. If I make the top row of hooks at 54" from ground, do you think that would give enough clearance to hang two rows of stockings? If I extend the height like this, should I also make the base longer to prevent tipping?


Thu, 12/17/2020 - 18:17

I made one for 10 with double rails. I made the feet a little longer for stability. I have to alter the loops on the top row of stockings, the names can't be seen but that is the only adjustment that I need to make. I kept all of the original length and just added a little for the second tier and the feet. good luck!


Sat, 11/14/2020 - 17:39

Hey y’all I’m new to DIY and tried this this weekend... I’m so excited! Only problem I had was that there is a very small gap between the sides and the wood where the screws meet. We tried tightening as hard as we could. I used all the materials and same cuts. Any suggestions? Thanks


Tue, 11/24/2020 - 08:00

Did you drill pilot holes? If not try taking the screws out, drilling pilot holes and then putting the screws back in. Also using a clamp will help keep the screws from pushing the wood apart. Are you using fully threaded screws or is there a not threaded section at the top? I’ve found that screws that aren’t fully threaded work best.


Thu, 12/24/2020 - 18:56

Built this today and added a box to the top to use as a backpack purse/mail/key holder after the holidays! Just built a 50” box and screwed it to the top! Got the box idea from Shanty 2 Chic and combined the stand. Although I modified the box, it worked great for the project!

Seasonal And Holiday