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10 Free Bee Hive Stand Ideas and Plans [Langstroth, Layens, and Top Bar Hives!]

Free bee hive stand ideas and plans to DIY! If you’re a beekeeper or plan to become one, you know that bee hives should get elevated to a height that affords safety for the bees and a comfortable working height for the beekeeper. A sturdy weatherproof hive stand will ensure your bee hives have the necessary protection from pests, predators, and the elements.

Beehive stands come in various designs for Langstroth (quadratic), Layens (horizontal), and top bar (trapezoidal) beehives. You can make a durable and attractive beehive stand at a cost that fits your budget. We’ve compiled a bee hive stand ideas and plans guide to suit your beehive boxes, apiary aesthetic, DIY skills, and those ever-so-choosy bees.  

DIY Bee Hive Stand Ideas and Plans

Beehive stands can get made from several materials, including rot-resistant wood, cinder blocks, steel and PVC pipes, wood and steel posts, and paint. Ideally, beehive stands should provide a robust, level, ergonomic platform at least 18 inches from the ground to protect the hive from predators.    

Bees are sublimely creative creatures! And beekeepers aren’t too shabby when making innovative beehives that enhance the colony’s living space. 

Beehives provide a solid footing for hives that get heavier by the day. They’re the base of all productive apiaries!

Here’s our guide for 10 easy DIY bee hive stand ideas and plans:

  1. Traditional Bee Hive Base Stand with Angled Landing Board 
  2. Classic Two-Hive All-Wood Beehive Stand 
  3. Multi-Hive Heavy-Duty Timber and Cinder Block Beehive Stand
  4. Ant-Proof Multi-Hive Stand using 4-inch by 4-inch Beams and Cinder Blocks
  5. Ant-Proof Multi-Hive Stand Using Galvanized Pipes and Wood
  6. Rustic and Easy Beehive Stand Using a Pallet and Rocks
  7. Cheap Beehive Stand Using a Pallet and Gum Poles
  8. Simple Ant-Proof Hive Stand Using Threaded Steel Pipes and Wood
  9. Easy-Leveling Beehive stand Using Steel Fence Posts and Galvanized Pipes
  10. All-Wood Horizontal Bee Hive Stand

Let’s also discuss these beehive bases and stands in more detail below.

Sound good?

Let’s begin!

1. Traditional Bee Hive Base Stand with Angled Landing Board

Here’s an excellent beehive stand tutorial from Beekeepersworkshop. The video provides superb step-by-step instructions for new beehive keepers. You can also download the beehive stand instructions in PDF format.

Build a bottom frame with a 45-degree beveled landing board for your Langstroth beehives, giving the bees a comfortable doorway and the hive a high-quality traditional look.

Avoid using treated wood. Use natural cedar, oak, or pine and finish it with latex paint or a non-toxic wood preservative.

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2. Classic Two-Hive All-Wood Beehive Stand

We love this two-hive beehive stand tutorial from Backyard Beekeeping. It’s a low-cost beehive stand that looks good and uses minimal materials. It’s also tremendously fast to construct. Build your beehive stand in a few hours!

Here’s an attractive and easy-to-build two-hive design using 2×4 and 4×4-inch timber with a plywood tabletop in the center. 

You’ll need a saw, drill, screwdriver, wood screws, and a wood sealer. Complete the set-up with a river stone and brick bed for the stand and hives. One of the easiest bee hive stand ideas to build!

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3. Heavy-Duty Multi-Hive Timber and Cinder Block Beehive Stand

Want a heavy-duty beehive stand that will last several years? Check out this beehive stand tutorial from Gwenyn Gruffydd. They reveal how to build your beehive stand and the tools you need. Plus, assembly tips.

Do you want a super-sturdy platform for your array of beehives? This design uses 6×4 plus 6×2-inch wooden beams. The cinder blocks lay horizontally to provide a low center of gravity, load-carrying capacity, and longevity.

The design allows you to raise the height of the beehive stand by stacking additional cinder blocks if you prefer to work on your bees without bending your back. 

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4. Ant-Proof Multi-Hive Stand Using 4×4 Beams and Cinder Blocks

The LaLa Farm created an excellent beehive stand instructional to help you beat ants in your beehive! If you’ve ever felt frustrated due to ants swarming your beehive, it’s one of our top picks.

If you don’t want to do any woodwork, this is one of the bee hive stand ideas that will suit you down to the ground. Two 4×4-inch timber beams, six cinder blocks, and four galvanized steel termite guards will prevent ants from invading your beehives.

The designer uses a tarp on the ground to prevent weeds from growing underneath the bee hives. He also applies natural grease to the undersides of the termite guards to deter ants. 

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5. Ant-Proof Multi-Hive Stand Using Galvanized Pipes and Wood

Here’s a modern-looking beehive stand by Dannie Arnold that grants your bees plenty of space. The design doesn’t forget fashion or aesthetics. We love the sleek setup!

An ant-proof multi-hive wooden beehive stand with a cement foundation will give your bees the best of all worlds – security, space, and good looks. 

This design uses lengths of 4×2-inch timber to make the frame, accommodating super-frames for an easy hive inspection. Galvanized steel legs are adjustable for easy leveling, while plastic funnels on the legs keep the oil-ant-traps clear of debris and water.

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6. Instant Rustic Beehive Stand Using a Pallet and Rocks

GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley produced a breathtaking beehive stand tutorial. This beehive also looks stackable – and easy to assemble. And the results look gorgeous, neat, tidy, and chic. The tutorial is also easier to follow than other beehive stand instructions.

With a free wooden shipping pallet and four large rocks, you can create a sturdy and appealing stand for two beehives. The beehive rocks should hold the pallet level at least 18 inches from the ground.

Ideally, locate the pallet bee hive stand in a position free of shrubs and long grass to prevent insects from gaining access to the hives.

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7. Cheap Beehive Stand Using a Pallet and Gum Poles

Want a lovely beehive stand without breaking the bank? Check out this beehive stand tutorial from The Bush Bee Man. We love how the design comes from found materials. No big honeybee budgets are required!

For more permanent and elevated pallet bee hive stand ideas, use old gum poles cut to length to create a comfortable working height.

You’ll need a saw, a hammer, nails, and a digging tool for fence posts.

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8. Simple Ant-Proof Hive Stand Using Threaded Steel Pipes and Wood

Here’s another helpful beehive stand design idea from Daniel Schroeder that helps to eliminate ants. And other pests! David tried various methods to keep ants away to no avail. But – this beehive stand idea did the trick. Good riddance to bad ants!

Here’s a nifty single beehive stand with an ant-proofing solution. A wood frame assembled horizontally creates a sturdy frame to attach four galvanized iron flanges and four threaded pipes with flange footers.

Plastic footer tubs filled with cooking oil and inverted plastic funnels (apply grease to the funnel’s interior) on the steel pipes present an impenetrable barrier to pesky ants and other crawling insects.

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9. Easy-Leveling Beehive Stand Using Steel Fence Posts and Galvanized Pipes

Frederick Dunn had a tilty beehive. So he figured out a perfect beehive stand idea to help stabilize the beehive’s base. It’s perfect even for beehives with sloped backyards. And the beehive stand is super low-cost!

To erect a sturdy bee hive stand on a slope, consider this design – steel fencing posts got driven deep into the ground, acting as legs for two long horizontally galvanized pipes that can be easily leveled and secured with U-bolts.

Driving the fence posts into the ground will be much easier using a post-pounder.

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10. All-Wood Horizontal and Top Bar Bee Hive Stand

diy bee hive layens
Horizontal Hive penned an excellent insulated Layens beehive stand tutorial. They walk you through the beehive stand materials needed, beehive dimensions, and beehive building instructions.

Horizontal (Layens) and top-bar beehives typically have four wooden legs attached to the body of the hive box, providing a stable subframe for the bee hive. When the legs rot or break, you can build a hybrid beehive stand to support both horizontal and top bar beehives.

A traditional wooden frame with wood sealant and sturdy wooden legs treated with clean motor oil (to prevent rot and termite infestation) will allow you to position your top bar or horizontal beehives in optimum locations.

You don’t need to be a master woodworker, either!

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Bee Hive Stand Ideas – FAQs

We scoured all the best farms and apiaries we could find to help brainstorm creative beehive stands and ideas. We’ve also put a ton of thought into how to assemble your beehive stand without fuss. We hope the following questions help you and your bees!

Will Mowing Grass Near the Hive Make the Bees Angry?

Bees are disturbed by lawn mowers operating near the hive during nectar (or pollen) dearth. In other words – when pollen is not getting produced by flowers. To avoid agitating the bees while mowing, create a grassless patch under and around the beehive stand using gravel and weed barrier fabric.

You can also try pacifying the colony when you mow by smoking the hive and adding sugar water to the feeders.

What’s the Best Way to Secure Beehives In Strong Wind?

The best way to secure beehives to the beehive stands is to use ratchet straps extending over the top of the hive and underneath the beehive stand cross-members. Foundationless beehive stands can anchor to the ground using rebar pegs and wire.

Make a Stand for the Best Way to Bee

The health and productivity of your bee colonies depend on several factors! And beehive stands play a critical role in the sustained propagation of bees and the production of honey. 

Our bee hive stand ideas and plans cover a broad spectrum of apiary applications, and the beauty is they’re adaptable. You can create your perfect beehive stand by combining various design elements from these plans for a custom build, or take one beehive stand idea and stick to it!

What about you? Which beehive stand do you like the most? Or – maybe there’s a beehive stand design idea that we overlooked?

We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks so much for reading.

Have a great day!

Author

  • Paul Collings

    Paul writes for a living, about trucks mostly. He lives away from the city and off the road, nurturing his love for all things outdoors –- like tiny house construction, country cooking, bushcraft, woodwork and power tools, alternative energy, and minimalist living. If there’s a way to Do It Yourself, Paul wants to hear about it, and try it out. Then he’ll write about it, and share his story with blog readers around the world. Paul was raised on a South African homestead where he tended two horses, a Jersey cow, and half a mile of split pole fencing. At age 16, he bought a dirt bike, pirated a punk rock compilation, and commenced a blind-rise adventure that continues to this day where words, Wabi-Sabi, cooking, all-terrain tires, and all things to do with canvas and wood are his fodder. His overarching existential question is – “What more does a man need than a cast iron pot and a pair of loose-fitting trousers?”

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