Ordered my stand about a week after having the cage. I got it in about 4 days so that is pretty quick. Sure makes a difference with the cage being higher. I would recommend ordering it all together because you will need a stand if you do not have a surface the length and with of the cage. I did not like having my cage on the floor. My piggy's like being off of the floor and it gives the cage a much better look as well. It was a little harder to put together then the cage was but once I got the hang of it not to shabby. Took me about an hour to build alone, may be easier and faster with help. I did have to email for confirmation that I put it all together right and I got a prompt reply back. I love the service C&C provides.