Build Your Own: Bee Hive Stand

I thought it might be fun to sketch out the plans for the hive stand I use and provide them here.

There are lots of different hive stand designs, and the one I'm using is a single hive stand, that stands 16" tall. 16" high seems to be high enough to prevent grass or weeds from growing under it and poking through the bottom, elevates the hive high enough to make it hard for animals like skunks to bother them (although it won't stop them from trying), and is an easier height on the back of the beekeeper working the hive.

Below is a picture of one of my finished hive stands.

In the plans I used small pieces of wood on the back and inner sides that protrude above the platform of the stand to help stabilize the bottom board and prevent it from moving.

Below you can see the bottom board resting against the back board. 

Below you can see under the bottom board from the back of the hive and view one of the side pieces preventing movement left/right. There's no need to screw the bottom board to the stand, these extra pieces of wood lock it into place nicely.

If you download a copy of the plans, you'll see my sketches of the components in a similar style to other hive plans, complete with dimensions.

This was my first attempt at using Google SketchUp and I think I like it. I'll admit, though, that I'm not a drafting engineer, so go easy on the critiques.   :)

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Mark Martin says...
Date:   February 29, 2012, 10:18 am

Wow, very nicely done.  I think I'm going to go the plain boring route this Spring and buy a couple of cinder blocks to use as a stand.  I'll have to check out that Google sketch up too.  Looks professional.

Brad Drake says...
Date:   March 4, 2012, 9:28 pm

Looks pretty stout.  You have several neat projects on your site.  Look forward to more content.  Keep it up.

Anonymous says...
Date:   May 1, 2012, 11:23 am

This is very nice work!  I'm using cinder blocks right now, but I'm concerned that they're too easy for ants and beetles to get up. Some beekeppers in my area use four legged stands, with each leg sitting in a pan of motor oil to deter climbing insect pests.  I'll probably try to build one like yours, but out of scrap, so I'm sure it won't be quite as attractive!

Gus says...
Date:   September 14, 2012, 1:43 pm

Real professional job and I like. However, I might of put the legs outside of structure for more stability.

Keith says...
Date:   April 13, 2013, 11:55 am

Nice work...  To prevent tipping, I'm going to put a longer back board and drive it into the ground.  This will prevent the structure from tipping.

Kim says...
Date:   February 12, 2014, 2:55 am

So glad I happened upon your website. 


This will be our first year beekeeping, and we're excited for our new venture.  Our bees are ordered as are our supplies for two hives. 


Thank you for sharing the hive stand plans and recipes for lip balms, soaps, etc.  We're going to build the hive stands this spring. 


Wish us luck.  We'll be following your blog. 

Chris (Show Me The Honey) says...
Date:   February 14, 2014, 2:07 pm

Thanks for the kind words, and good luck on your first year!

John says...
Date:   April 16, 2014, 9:26 pm

Thanks for these plans!  The only change I made was to use 1X6's instead of the 1X4's. The 1X4's seemed a little small when I was buying the wood and I noticed that the weight of the hive is supported by the 1 by's instead of the 4X4's.  Very sturdy stand & design.  I probably only have $15.00 in materials.  Great stand for my first bee venture!

Todd says...
Date:   April 25, 2014, 1:46 pm

Just built a couple of these and they are great. Plans were very easy to follow. Will build these for all of my hives.

Don Moore says...
Date:   July 21, 2014, 8:53 am

Do you have a plan for the  8 frame hive?

Bob in NJ says...
Date:   April 2, 2015, 10:54 am

Will the same dimensions work for a hive with and without a landing board? Unless I measured wrong, the 4/4 inside boards would get in the way of the bottom board.

Jerry says...
Date:   April 8, 2017, 3:52 pm

Thanks for the pics! I used your design with a few alterations. I made the side boards longer to allow the hive to sit directly on the 4x4 posts. I also attached the side and rear boards higher on the posts to leave a 1"  lip around the stand. The hive is now secured on three sides to prevent it from shifting. The 1" lip on the rear still allows me to slide the sticky board in and out of my screened bottom board without interference. 

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