The Ten Gallon Aquarium Stand is a great way to showcase your fish and decorate your home. This stand is made of high-quality materials that are built to last. It has a sleek design that will fit in any room, whether you have a small or large space.

The stand comes with everything you need to set up your aquarium. It includes the tank itself, a filter system, an air pump, and other accessories that allow you to get started right away without having to buy anything else! The size of this stand makes it perfect for smaller tanks like ten gallons or less.

This product is easy to clean because it comes with a glass cover which allows you to see inside without having to remove anything from the top of the tank itself! You can also use this product as an aquarium centerpiece because it looks beautiful on display when not in use!


You’ll need the following materials:

  • 2 wooden boards
  • 1 large bucket of wood glue
  • 1 box of assorted wood screws (I had an old one at home, but if you need to buy one I suggest buying a pack that includes some tiny ones)
  • 1 can of wood stain (the color is up to you, but I like mahogany)
  • sandpaper or a power sander for smoothing out the edges before application


  • Choose your spot.
  • Gather your materials.
  • Assemble the right tools for the job: a saw, screwdriver, hammer, level, tape measure and pencil are all you need to build this stand!
  • Read through the instructions before beginning construction and examine the parts to familiarize yourself with them so when it comes time to assemble them you know how they work together.
  • Wear a dust mask and eye protection when working with wood – it’s always better safe than sorry!

Build the Frame

Start by measuring the wood and cutting it. You will need: 4 pieces of 2×4 that are 29″ long. These will be the front, back and sides of your stand. Cut them to size with a saw or a circular saw.

Next, use wood glue to attach the pieces together in a rectangular frame. Make sure they fit together well before you nail them into place. Then, secure them by nailing from one side into the other. We used Brad nails because they hardly leave any marks on the wood but still hold very well, though you could also use screws if you prefer.

Once all for sides are attached, check that your frame is square using a framing square or similar tool (a carpenter’s square will work as well).

Attach the Legs

  • Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to attach the legs to the frame as shown above.
  • Line up the 2×2 boards on top of one another. Attach them with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Build and Attach the Drawer

Cut all the pieces for the drawer and sand them smooth. Mark a center line on the top face of each side piece, from top to bottom. Measure up from the bottom of each piece 1-3/4″, then measure in 3/8″ from each side edge and make a mark at this location. This will be the position of one of your drawer slides. Line up your router with this mark and cut an opening through both pieces to accept one half of your slide (table photo). Do this again so that you have two openings per side piece that accept one half of your slides (slide photo). Measure across those openings on both sides to check that they are exactly the same size, within a fractional tolerance. Then attach your slides to these openings according to the manufacturer’s instructions (attach photo). Apply wood glue to each slide where it meets its opening and attach using brad nails or screws as needed.

Sand, Stain and Finish

Sand, stain, and finish the stand.

With most woodwork projects, sanding is an important step that helps to smooth out the edges and surface of the wood. Staining brings out the natural beauty of the wood and helps to protect it from water damage or mold. There are a large number of stains on the market in multiple colors, so you can choose a color that will compliment your room decor. Finishing adds shine and protects the wood from damage or discoloration.

Make a DIY aquarium stand for your ten gallon tank.

A ten gallon tank can be a beautiful addition to your home, and with the right aquarium stand, it could last a lifetime. A DIY ten gallon tank stand not only saves you money, but allows you the freedom to customize the design. Unlike commercially available stands that don’t always adequately meet your needs, this guide will instruct you in making a sturdy stand that won’t take over your carpentry skills. Let’s get started!


  • 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber (a total of 8 feet)


The cost of these materials will depend on where you live and the type of wood you choose. Most moderately priced (and sturdy) woods can run anywhere from $10-$15 a square foot, with hardwoods being the most expensive. The wood type can also affect how much it costs to cut, since some materials are easier to cut than others.

We chose 2×4’s for our aquarium stand base because they provide plenty of surface area to stand on without being too heavy or difficult to work with (they’re actually just 1.5×3.5 inches). If your aquarium is smaller or larger than ours, make sure that your tools and equipment fit the job: you don’t want a bunch of leftover scrap material after cutting all your pieces down to size!


  • Wipe down tank stand with a damp cloth.
  • Replace water in tank regularly.
  • Replace filter cartridge.
  • Replace aquarium light bulb.
  • Replace aquarium hood.
  • Replace aquarium stand supports.
  • Replace aquarium stand drawer.
  • Replace aquarium stand surface.
  • Replace aquarium stand legs.

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