One fun aspect of keeping bonsai is being able to show off your hard work. Here we will look at some great bonsai display tables, as well as tips on how you can choose your own. First, let’s define what they are. Just what are bonsai display tables?
Bonsai display tables are small, specially designed tables that are used to display bonsai trees. These tables typically have a wide, flat surface and short legs, making them the perfect size for displaying bonsai trees. However, there are other types of tables and stands used for this same purpose. It’s all about finding the right ones for your needs.
Bonsai display tables can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, glass, and metal. They can also be decorated with a variety of features, such as shelves, drawers, and doors. When shopping for a bonsai display table, it is important to consider the size of the table and the type of material that will best showcase your bonsai tree.
Bonsai display tables are a great way to show off your bonsai collection and add a touch of style to your home.
Choosing Bonsai Display Stands
Bonsai display tables are specially designed to show off your indoor bonsai trees collection. They come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit any bonsai enthusiast and can be used indoors or outdoors. If using outdoors, just be sure you have a table that is made for this purpose, so it’s not damaged by the elements.
Bonsai display stands are typically made from wood or stone, and often feature intricate carvings or inlays to add to their design.
When choosing a bonsai display table, be sure to select one that is the right size for your bonsai collection. I’ll provide some more tips on this below. You’ll also want to consider the type of material you prefer – wood or stone – and the overall style of the table.
Bonsai display tables make a great addition to any bonsai collection and can help you show off your plants in their best light. Let’s look at some tips on how to best display your bonsai.
How to use bonsai stands to display your trees
There are many great ways to use bonsai tables and stands to display your trees. Whether you have indoor or outdoor bonsai, you can still benefit from a way to organize and present them. Just as there is an art to bonsai itself, there is also an art to displaying it for the best visual appeal.
Here are some ideas on how you can do this:
- Don’t use thin table legs. It should give the impression it is supporting a mini version of a larger tree
- Consider the size of the tree trunk when choosing table legs
- Never allow the bonsai pot to stick out from any part of the table or stand
- Display in an area where it is seen but won’t get bumped into or damaged
- Display in the most ideal area according to Feng Shui
- Place the bonsai in the center of the table for the best visual appeal
- Companion plants can be placed sideways in order to better highlight the bonsai
- Traditionally, only dark woods are used
- Choose the best stand based on the type of bonsai you have
When considering the best table for you, think about the type of bonsai you have. There are some traditional guidelines that can also be helpful.
Choosing a bonsai stand based on the type of tree
It’s important to consider the type of tree you have when choosing your display table or stand. Certain trees look better with a specific type of stand or a certain color or type of wood. In fact, the type of bonsai you have could even impact the shape of the table you choose.
For example, a small Shohin bonsai (like this one!) should be placed on a special display table that is called a presentation shelf. This is also really helpful when you want to display several Shohin bonsai together in groups.
If you have a bonsai forest or a windswept bonsai, then you might use a fine wood to help accent the natural visual appeal of these types of bonsai.
And with a semi-cascade or cascade bonsai, a taller stand or table will work best because it allows you to show the full effect of the cascade. Usually, these come in square or round shapes and can be made from a variety of woods.
You can also use companion plants and display them on the same table with your bonsai. Certain companion plants will also help accent the bonsai so it really “pops” in your display.
Types of Bonsai Display Tables
Because there are different types of bonsai display tables, you can present your trees in a variety of ways. Here is an explanation of some table types you might consider.
- Short table – A short table might work for shorter bonsai, for displaying in a living room or dining room, or some other place where people are seated low when they are viewing the bonsai.
- Table height – Some choices are table height, and these were great for taller bonsai or cascading bonsai. Again, there are no hard-and-fast rules; but it’s about personal preferences and whether or not you want to stick with traditional roles.
- High table – A high table can also work for tall bonsai or for when you are trying to provide specific lighting to your bonsai. Sometimes the high tables get them closer to the light source to illuminate without shadows.
- Hanging display – You do not see bonsai displayed in a hanging basket or pot as this is generally frowned upon and actually just not practical. For very small bonsai, you might see them displayed on a wall shelf that is hung or mounted.
- Bonsai turntable – Another option is a bonsai turntable. This is nice for display as well as to help you when you are working on your bonsai. You can perform trimming, pruning, and other maintenance to your bonsai easily when you can spin it on the table. It also allows you to show off all sides of your beautiful bonsai to admirers.
The beauty of bonsai can be truly appreciated when you use the best tables to highly your displays.
Bonsai Display Tables – Conclusion
It’s easy to see from this that there are so many different types of tables you can use for bonsai display tables. The real art is choosing the types that are best for you and your display area. There are stands and tables in many different colors, as well as types of wood or plastic, and even stone.
The length and height that is best for you can vary according to the size and shape of your bonsai pot, the type of bonsai you have, where you are displaying it, and your own personal preferences. I hope this post serves as a great guide to get you started.
Do you have a favorite bonsai table or stand you want to tell us about?
Lisa Clark is a freelance writer who grew up on farmland, then moved to the city, and has now retired back to her rural roots. She's having fun teaching her kids about gardening, planting flowers, and collecting houseplants.