Potting bench from pallets

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I’ve wanted to make an easy one pallet project for a long time. I recently got a couple of great pallets from the neighborhood, so for this month’s Power Tool Challenge, I decided to make an easy one pallet potting table. You’re going to love the projects my friends are making this month!


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I used the pallet on the right for this easy one pallet project.

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A duckbill deck wrecker takes apart pallets easily

I used my favorite pallet busting tool, my Duckbill Deck Wrecker (while wearing my steel toed flip flops).

This pallet came apart in record time. Only a few nails remained in the skid. Most of the nails were left in the pallet boards, and were easily tapped out and disposed of. I give full directions on how to do this in my post Pallet Projects Plus tips for How to Dismantle Pallets

I recommend exterior wood screws

As per usual, I didn’t really have a plan when I started this project. I knew I needed a base for the table top, an apron or skirt was the first order of business. First, I began by trying to figure out how I could get everything out of the three skid boards. I cut two smaller and two longer boards. It’s better to start the screws to make them easier to drive into the hard wood. I used 2 1/2” exterior wood screws for the thicker apron pieces.

Two screws were used in each end, I made sure to countersink them as I drove them in.

This pallet had four wide boards that were perfect for the legs of my one pallet potting table. I used shorter 1 5/8 exterior wood screws for this step. I rested the end of the leg up on the work table supported by a piece of scrap wood.

Should the potting bench have a lower shelf?

At this point I only have the four legs attached to the pallet potting table apron. I was trying to figure out how I was going to finish off the bottom with a shelf and sturdy up the legs. The pallet potting table is quite high, but it makes it more of a comfortable working height.

Using an Irwin Quick Clamp I attached a brace for the bottom shelf.

Using all the parts of the pallet

I used the smaller 1 5/8” screws, securing from the outside in, countersinking the screws.

Two of the smaller screws were used in each end of the bottom shelf boards.

Sand the rough pallet boards

I used my orbital sander to smooth out the boards. You can see my shaggy Miss Lulu Mae in the background.

I decided to put a small ledge on the back of the pallet potting table. In this image you see me using the long screws, but they went through the skid board so I switched them out for the 1 5/8” screws.

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I really love that you can see the shape of the skid—where the forklift picks it up. I think it offers a unique look for the easy potting table.

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I purchased some small items from the Dollar General to accessorize the potting table, along with a reclaimed broken bow rake to hang the garden hand trowels and more.

I really like the mason jar sign that reads “to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”. The two little pots that say “grow love” and “plant hope” really caught my eye at the store! I love the colors and the font. Hanging on the fence will allow them to hold extra garden goodies if holes are drilled in the bottom for drainage. Small flowering plants would look cute in them as well.

I’m so thankful for this monthly challenge that makes me think about making fun and unique items! Be sure to check out all the great projects from my friends below:

The Kim Six Fix Vintage Surveyors Tripod Lamp

Virginia Sweet Pea DIY Candlesticks Using Upcycled Bedposts

H2OBungalow Upcycled Metal and Wood Table

Create and Babble Little Round Stool

My Love 2 Create Small Decorative Caddy

My Repurposed Life Easy One Pallet Project

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Do you plant lots of different things around your house?

If you spend quite a long time every year planting different pots of flowers, herbs, and potted vegetables to fill your back and front porch, there’s one thing that will make your job easier:

Having a potting bench.

With potting bench, potting plants will not be a messy experience and back breaking work anymore.

So if you are in need of a planter, look no further. Today, we are going to bring you a variety of potting bench plans and ideas that will add a touch of charm to your yard and save your back!

1. RyobiNation Potting Bench

This potting bench has all of the organization you will need when potting your plants. It is a great height too.

Another great bonus, the plans to build this bench are totally free. And it appears simple enough to build, too! What more could you possibly need in a potting bench?

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2. DIY Potting Bench

This potting bench is amazing. It has extended counter space which gives you more room to spread out your supplies.

And the bench also has overhead storage. That is a great feature because when you are done you have extra places to store your pots and other planting nick-knacks.

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3. The Little Red Potting Bench

I love this little bench. It isn’t very complex so it should be an easy potting bench to build.

Also, I love how they painted it such a bright red color. It would certainly stand out in your outdoor area and add a little character to any space. It isn’t a large potting bench so if you prefer a lot of space then you might have to expand this one.

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4. The Wood Post Potting Bench

This is a unique looking potting bench. They made the back of it with lattice which is a nice touch to make your potting bench appear a little different at first glance.

Also, it has ample amount of storage. There are small spots at the top to hold some clay pots. But there is also ample amount of room at the bottom to holding potting soil and other potting necessities.

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5. Potting Bench Perfection

This potting bench area definitely adds a lot of character to this space. But the bench itself is still very functional.

It has ample amount of potting space plus great storage too. The open shelving is very handy, but I also like the cabinet door because you hide some of the less attractive necessities without taking away from the space.

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6. The Simple DIY Potting Bench

This bench is a great size for anyone that pots plenty of plants in a season. To be honest, I think the size of this one is the best size we’ve covered so far.

I also love how they used mesh wire for the back. It is a great way to store tools and keep things from falling off. But it also is very affordable.

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7. The Homey Potting Bench

This is the potting bench I imagine when I think of someone’s garden space. I love the colors and the classic design of this bench.

The open shelving provides easy access to any supplies you might need. But I also love how they used the top shelf for trinkets.

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8. The Solid Wood Potting Bench

This one isn’t very fancy but it sure is functional. If you don’t care so much about the ‘glam factor’ then this is probably a good choice for you to consider.

The potting bench has multiple surfaces for storage and planting space. It even has little cubbies at the top of the potting bench meant to hold all of your pots. Having this potting bench would sure help keep you organized.

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9. The Little Blue Potting Bench

This potting bench is very basic but it fulfills what most people would need. It has ample amount of work space to do basic potting.

And this potting bench has a neat pull out drawer feature. When you are planting the dirt can actually fall through into the drawer so it is easy to reuse it and cut down on waste.

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10. The Outdoor Planting Table

This planting table looks very simple to build yourself. It has a great stainless steel surface that is easy to clean after each planting.

It also has a great open shelf at the bottom that is great for storage of basic necessities. This doesn’t have the hanging space for gloves and tools but you could add hooks to the side for those if you truly desire them.

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11. The Smaller Potting Table

This potting table is a smaller version of the one above. It doesn’t have the stainless steel planting area either.

However, it has an open space for potting things and a skinny shelf at the bottom meant to hold smaller pots. So if you don’t need a large potting bench, give this table some consideration.

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12. The Picket Potting Bench

This potting bench has an added touch of character. They used an old picket fence as the back of the bench.

Because it obviously goes in a garden space that added touch makes this piece. But it is also fully functional with ample amount of potting room and storage too.

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13. The Green Chicken Wire Potting Bench

This potting bench will not go unnoticed if you stick with the same color trend. It is very bright and would certainly bring conversation to your gardening space.

But beyond that, this potting bench has ample amount of potting and storage space. I also love how they put some left over chicken wire to use as the back of the potting bench.

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14. Free Wood Working Potting Bench

The plans for this potting bench are said to be totally free too. How many of us know that free makes something that much better, usually?

So if you are in the market for a simple potting bench and need something not very difficult to build then this potting bench could very well be it.

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15. The Potting Bench/Bar

So let’s say you have limited patio space. You need a potting bench, but you’d also like to have a place to entertain.

Well, no worries, this potting bench can solve both of those problems as this potting bench can double as a potting bench and a bar. Problem solved!

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16. The Compact Potting Bench

This potting bench has all you need in one little package. It has a flat cabinet space that closes. You can hang gloves and other potting tools in it and hide them away when finished.

But this potting station also has an open shelf at the bottom to store larger items and also gives you ample amount of planting space. So if you are short on space, this little bench could be your solution.

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17. Potting Table On Wheels

Are you a little indecisive? No worries, I can be too at times. So who wants some big potting station that is difficult to move around if you change your mind about where you want it located?

Well, this potting table fixes that problem. It is a potting table on wheels. So if you need or want to move it, you simply roll it to its new space.

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18. The Potting Bench With Sink

This is a cool way to upcycle an old sink. They created a potting bench but instead of leaving it as a flat surface, they put an old sink in the middle.

So if you have an old sink lying around and aren’t quite sure how to use it, don’t toss it. Just create yourself your own unique potting bench.

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19. The Potting Bench With Tub

These black tubs are actually what we use to grow our fodder in. They are very inexpensive and very durable.

So if you like the idea of having a sunken in place on your potting table to let the dirt fall in one area then this potting bench just might be what you’ve been looking for.

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20. Open Up Potting Bench

Don’t want a big piece of clunky furniture taking up your limited outdoor space? Well, that’s okay. You can still have a potting bench.

How? By creating this potting bench out of pallets. It hangs on the side of your home or building. When you open it up, it is a ready to go potting bench.

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21. The Organized Potting Table

This little potting table is super organized and looks very simple to create. It has wire mesh as its back which keeps your larger items from falling off of the back.

But it also has a great space to organize your tools and other items. Plus, you get lots of room for planting.

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22. The Super Simple Potting Table

Okay, so you aren’t much of a carpenter. But you still want a small space for potting your plants.

Well, this table is it. It doesn’t get much simpler than this. So by the looks of it, it should be super simple to put together. You’ll have your own potting space in no time.

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23. Pallet Potting Bench

This cute little potting bench was originally just an old pallet. You know I love pallets. They are super sturdy and super cheap building material that can be transformed into almost anything you need.

Well, this potting bench is no exception. And it is adorable to look at, to boot. So if you are on a tight budget, don’t fret. This potting bench is a great option for any budget.

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24. Pallet Potting Bench #2

This potting bench is a little more rustic. So if you don’t care so much for things to be pretty but just functional then this potting bench could be what you need.

It still does the job and has ample amount of space for storage and planting. But it is simply an old unpainted pallet that has been put together to form a potting bench.

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25. Potting Bench With Storage

This potting bench is very simple and unique to boot. It simply a table with a full length shelf underneath.

But it doesn’t stop there. There is actually an area under the table that isn’t visible when using the table that is great for hidden storage. You could utilize that space easily with potting tools and gloves, and they don’t have to hang out in the open that way either.

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26. The Free Potting Bench

This potting bench is another that is totally awesome because they advertise the plans as being completely free. Again, doesn’t free make something much better, usually?

So if you are looking for a basic potting bench then this might be what you’ve been searching for. It is very ‘no frills’ but it will certainly do the job.

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27. The Potting Cart

I love the idea of a potting cart. You can easily pot your plants on the cart and roll the cart to each space that you want your plant. That way you aren’t constantly walking back and forth.

It is also great how portable it is because if you have limited outdoor space, you can roll the cart out of the picture when it’s not in use.

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28. Cedar Work Bench

This garden work bench is beautiful as it is constructed out of cedar wood. It has ample of work and storage space.

I love how this bench has a place to hang your potting tools on the back of the bench. Organization makes potting your plants so much easier. So having it all in one place will definitely help things along.

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29. The Classic Potting Bench

This potting bench is absolutely beautiful. The people that created the plans also laid it all out to make the build as simple as possible. There is a detailed materials list and cutting schedule.

If you are looking for a potting bench that will make the job easier and keep you organized. Plus, if you are someone new to building then this might be a good place to start as the plans could meet all of these needs.

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30. The $15 Potting Bench

This potting bench is a very cute addition to your outdoor area. The best part about it is it should only cost you around $15 in lumber. Granted, this is only an estimate depending upon which area you live in.

However, if you are in need of a potting bench or even just a cute outdoor table, this potting bench is certainly budget friendly and eye-friendly too.

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31. The Big, Rustic Potting Bench

This potting bench is for those that are serious about their planting. It is gorgeous too!

So if you are someone that plants a ton of flowers or plants each year (and have plenty of outdoor space) you might definitely want to consider this potting station. I love how they used old windows for see-through cabinet doors. Such a beautiful and rustic touch.

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32. A Simple DIY Potting Table

This potting table looks super simple. So even if you are a carpentry beginner, this shouldn’t be much a problem to put together.

It appears that they just grabbed an old table and then put a shelf and a skirt at the bottom for hidden storage. I don’t think you could much more simple than that.

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33. The Organized Potting Bench

I love this potting bench. It looks rather simple to build (which is always a good thing in my book.) But it also has nice little organizational touches that makes the job of potting easier.

This potting bench has great open shelving and plenty of work space. But it also has a sink area where the dirt falls through into a bucket waiting beneath. This cuts down on dirt waste. I love that.

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34. 3-Tier Potting Bench

This potting bench is a 3-tier one. To be honest, it doesn’t look like it would be that comfortable to use when potting multiple plants.

However, if you just wanted a small space to display your plants and wanted to pot them in the same area, then it would work pretty well for that. Either way, it’s unique and has the ability to add grow space to your yard.

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35. The Potting Cart

This is another potting cart. I really do like these. I love how versatile they are and how mobile they are too.

The versatility is so great because you can use them for obvious potting purposes. But it would also be great to display your potted plants on too. And if you are short on space, you can always roll the cart into a building so it doesn’t take up valuable outdoor space.

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36. Monterey Potting Center

This potting center is basically a work table with two open shelves beneath. It is a great plan because of how basic it is. Simple works well in these situations and helps keep you organized too.

Nothing is worse than going to plant flowers, and you can’t find your gloves or tools. Well, you don’t have to worry about that too much if you have this potting bench as there is ample room for storage and planting.

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37. The European Garden Table

The European garden table is basically a table with the tub in the center. This is a great design because it helps stop dirt waste.

Whether you buy dirt or harvest it yourself, it is not cheap or without labor. So the more of it you can save the less you have to worry about coming up with later. That is what makes this plan so desirable.

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38. Two-Shelf Potting Bench

This potting bench design is very classic but it works well. It has an open shelf at the bottom of the bench. You also get ample amount of counter space for potting your plants.

But there are also two open shelves above the counter space. This is desirable because it creates storage for your pots and tools.

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39. The Covered Potting Bench

I like this covered work bench. It is great because there is ample amount of storage for your pots and plants.

Also, this potting bench has room to hang pots. But it also has a roof that covers the actual work space. That is great because it provides necessary shade for hot days.

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40. The Greenhouse Potting Bench

This is a really cool potting bench because it looks similar to a cold frame greenhouse. There is a door that can be open and closed when the work bench is in use and when it is not.

So that is a neat feature because if you have your potting bench in an area that is not covered it keeps your supplies from getting wet or damaged in the elements.

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41. The Wooden Potting Cart

This is another potting cart. It is built from solid wood and appears to be an easier build. This such a unique way to pot your flowers.

As you can see, it would be a desirable option because of its mobility and ease of use. Not to mention, it is cute to look at. So it would be great as a decorative piece as well.

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42. The Easy DIY Potting Bench

This potting bench is broken down into a very simple form. I love the directions because it makes building this piece easy even for those less experienced.

Though it is a simple potting table, it would certainly do the trick for most gardeners. You have ample amount of potting and storage space available with these plans.

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43. A Basic Potting Bench

This is a basic potting bench. There is no shelving except for the open shelf beneath the counter space that is supposed to be used for potting your plants.

Though it may not be fancy, it appears easy enough to build and would be a great addition to any backyard.

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44. An Organized Potting Station

This is a great potting station. It has a sink available for easy clean-up and also as a place to help save dirt.

There is also lots of options for storage as there are pegs available to hang your work gloves and tools from. But there is also drawers and open shelving to store larger items as well.

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45. A Mobile Potting Table

This potting table is great because it has a good amount of work space. But it also has open shelving above and below the open work space that makes great use for storage of planting necessities.

But another great feature to this potting bench is that it is mobile. This makes it easy to maneuver to different areas whether it be for limited amount of outdoor space or just for ease of placing plants.

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9 Ways to Use a Potting Bench for Outdoor Storage

Everyone has that one piece of furniture that takes up precious space in their home yet lacks function. Repurpose it with a fresh coat of exterior paint and let it hold all of your outdoor tools. This old hutch became an outdoor potting station complete with interior hooks, chicken wire cabinet fronts, and open bottom shelving. Consider housing holiday decorations in an ancient armoire or paint supplies in a vintage nightstand—the storage possibilities are endless.

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Easy Outdoor Projects to Try

Entertaining Station

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Make outdoor entertaining easier by keeping essential party items nearby. Stock a potting bench with silverware, glasses, napkins—anything that you would normally be running into the house to grab for guests every five minutes. When not in use, the station can store extra serving utensils, bulky coolers, or serving trays.

Recycled Style

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For a cost-effective outdoor storage solution, look no further than secondhand furniture. Scour vintage shops, thrift stores, and flea markets to find the perfect potting bench, then stock it with all your outdoor essentials. We’re particularly fond of this green bench—the weathered finish gives it a rustic look that you don’t have to worry about damaging.

Bright and Cheery

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Outdoor storage solutions don’t have to be boring. Look for a stylish potting bench, then paint it a fun, bright color like this airy powder blue. Accessories, such as a floating shelf, coat rack, and trellis, ensure that every item has a proper place. A tiered dessert tray organizes seeds and small containers, while baskets keep garden magazines organized below.

Beverage Depot

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Trade rose pruners for rosé and turn a basic potting bench into a wine station. Wire racks installed under the top shelf hold stemware, ice-filled buckets keep your favorite summer sips cool, and hooks drilled into the side keep towels on hand for any sticky situations. Store your potting bench bar on a deck or patio to keep happy hour going all summer long.

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Super Simple

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When all you need is storage for a few outdoor staples, opt for a simple potting bench. Your space will look clean and fresh, plus you won’t be bogged down by items you don’t use. Look for a traditional wooden bench, and fill it with basic garden gear like a hose, garden gloves, and a few pots.

Go for the Garage

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If you have the space, use a potting bench in your garage for extra storage. This is a great spot to store items that need to stay dry, like rust-prone tools and fabric garden gear. Wire shelving units above the potting bench provide additional storage for watering cans, seasonal accessories, and bulk items.

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Gardening Post

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If you’re going to store your potting bench outside, it needs to be tough. Consider a metal unit that can survive all four seasons. And when stocking the shelves, consider how each item will stand up to the elements. Don’t stash any valuable items or anything that can’t stand up to the weather. Instead, stock your potting bench with hand tools, pots, and spare soil.

Curtain Call

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Instead of cleaning up your potting bench after planting, wouldn’t it be nice to draw a curtain and let the mess disappear? Curtains below the workspace keep dirty gardening supplies, unsightly objects, and any other disarray hidden. Try fabric in a bright color or bold pattern for a fun addition to any potting bench.

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Need some help organizing your outdoor space? You’re in luck! I’ve compiled a list of 20 of the best DIY potting bench ideas to inspire you!

I’ve been scouring the internet looking for the best DIY potting bench ideas for your garden! From simple tables to elaborate setups with running water and storage space galore, you’ll find it all in this list!

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DIY Potting Bench with Sink – The Handyman’s Daughter

This DIY potting bench with sink has everything you need for all your gardening tasks! Hooks for tools, a work surface with holes for soil to fall through, and running water to make clean up easy! Best of all, it was made entirely with reclaimed lumber and materials!

Potting Bench with Soil Drawer – Rogue Engineer

Looking for a way to keep that potting soil contained to one central area? This potting bench idea from Rogue Engineer has you covered. There are even slats on the top to help catch any soil that may fall out! This table will take your porch from cluttered to clean in no time!

Portable Potting Bench – Sadie Seasongoods

Can you believe that this potting table is composed of an old TV tray and a dresser drawer? Sadie Seasongoods shares all the details on how to get this exact look, with ease!

Potting Bench with Mesh Back – Centsational Style

Measuring 6 feet in length, and perfect for the shade, this potting bench from Centsational Style has you covered.

Dresser Potting Bench Upcycle – Atta Girl Says

Have a dresser sitting around that isn’t getting much use? Take a page out of Atta Girl Says book and repurpose it into this unique and fun potting bench idea!

Potting Bench with Hidden Garbage Can – Reality Daydream

Tons of storage space and a hidden trash can? Reality Daydream knows how to make a potting bench and take it from good to great!

Upcycled Headboard to Potting Bench – The Happier Homemaker

I love the repurposed use of this headboard turned potting bench. The Happier Homemaker shows you how to tackle this project.

Simple DIY Potting Bench – My Frugal Adventures

If you have 60 minutes of time, that’s all you’ll need to build this simple potting bench by My Frugal Adventures. It’s the perfect weekend project!

Pallet Potting Bench – A Piece of Rainbow

Isn’t it amazing how versatile building with pallets can be? All you’ll need are a couple of pallets, some fun paint colors and before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful potting bench just like this one from A Piece of Rainbow.

Potting Bench from Reclaimed Wood – The Summery Umbrella

Have some older wood pieces that you are unsure of what to do with? This reclaimed wood potting bench by The Summery Umbrella may be just the project for you!

Potting Bench from Thrifted Finds – Liz Marie Blog

I love the rustic, farmhouse look of this potting bench. Liz Marie Blog does an amazing job of showing how to get this look that is super easy to do and follow.

Pallet Potting Bench – 100 Things 2 Do

Painted pallets are key to getting this look! Don’t forget to pick a bright color to paint it so it really stands out after it’s built. I love the color choice by 100 Things 2 Do!

Salvage Potting Bench – A Cultivated Nest

Have a few fence boards lying around, just needing a new home? A Cultivated Nest takes innovation and creativity to a whole other level with this salvage potting bench!

Potting Bench with Decorative Roof – Love Grows Wild

This potting bench with decorative roof by Love Grows Wild just screams elegance. It blends with the siding and looks like it was meant to be there!

Outdoor Bar Potting Bench – Jaime Costiglio

Not only does this piece work as a potting bench, but it doubles as an outdoor bar as well! Get the detailed plans from Jaime Costiglio to get started on this fun project!

Cinder Block Potting Bench – Carolyn’s Homework

Looking for a potting bench project that anyone can do? This cedar block potting bench from Carolyn’s Homework is a must! Get the boards cut for you at the home improvement store to make it even easier.

DIY Potting Bench – Ana White

I love how the size of this potting bench makes it perfect to fit in any space, and handy hooks and shelves give you plenty of storage. Ana White shows exactly how to get this professional look with ease!

Potting Bench with Sink – Setting for Four

This is the ultimate DIY potting bench! Setting for Four installed a functional sink and hose reel to take care of all your gardening needs in one spot!

Potting Bench with Chicken Wire Back – Refresh Living

All you need are 2×4’s and chicken wire to create this bright and cheerful DIY potting bench from Refresh Living!

Potting Bench Using Fence Pickets – Flower Patch Farmhouse

For less than $50, you can have this look from Flower Patch Farmhouse! Not only is it budget-friendly, it’s super simple to make as well!

With so many amazing DIY potting bench options to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect plan for your space. Which was your favorite? Comment and let me know!

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DIY Potting Bench Plans

4. Lay the two back legs on a solid, flat surface, and fit the bottom platform into the notches you created between the blocks. Position the top platform on top of the middle leg blocks (D). Secure the platforms to the back legs with 3-inch exterior screws. Use construction adhesive, too, if you want to increase rigidity. Install the front legs and secure them in place with screws. The top slats should extend just a hair past the front legs.

Note: If all you need is a potting bench, your work is nearly done. Just add open shelves to the back uprights and support them with brackets. If you also want a storage cabinet with doors, keep reading. But first, refer to the cabinet materials and cutting lists.

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5. Knock together the box for your garden storage cabinet by securing the bottom, top and shelves (K) to the cabinet sides (J) using 3-1/2-inch exterior screws. You can alter the spacing of the shelves according to your needs.

6. Check the cabinet box to make sure it’s square by measuring the diagonals (if the measurements are equal, then the box is square). Install the tongue-and-groove backboards (L). You’ll need to rip the last board lengthwise to fit.

7. Secure the cabinet top cap (M) in place. Position it so the back edge is flush with the back of the tongue-and-groove boards, and the ends overhang the sides equally.

8. Install the 2-by-2 door divider (T). Measure from the edge of the cabinet to the divider and make your doors about 1/4-inch smaller in width. Fit five of the 1-by-6 tongue-and-groove boards (N) together to create a door panel that’s wider than you need. Mark out the width of the actual door on this panel before separating the boards and ripping one or both end boards to width so the door will be the correct width when the boards are reassembled. Fit the boards together again and lay them on top of the cabinet opening to make sure they’re the right dimensions.

9. Place 1-by-4 battens (O) near the tops and bottoms of the doors of your storage cabinet. Check to make sure everything fits, and then secure the battens to the tongue-and-groove door boards (N) with 1-1/4-inch exterior screws. Lay the cross battens (P) into position, mark them, cut them to the correct angle and length, and then secure them with 1-1/4-inch screws.

10. With the garden storage cabinet still on its back and the doors in place, secure the doors to the cabinet using 3-inch hinges — two hinges per door. Install pulls for opening the doors and a hasp for keeping them shut.


Join the Storage Cabinet to the Potting Table

11. With the bench on its back, position the cabinet on the back legs (A) 14 inches above the top platform. Secure the cabinet to the legs by driving screws through the cabinet back and sides.

12. Cut the upper leg blocks (Q) and secure them to the back legs (A) to support the bottom of the cabinet.

13. Create and install your own cabinet support brackets (R) or use commercial metal shelf brackets. Install the top rail (S) to add rigidity and to prevent objects placed on top of the cabinet from falling off the back.

To secure your finished garden potting bench — and prevent it from tipping over because of unequal loading or climbing kids and cats — you can anchor it to a wall, railing, tree or fence with screws. Or, you could secure the legs to a concrete slab with L-brackets and concrete fasteners. To stop the soil or potting materials in the tubs from turning into mud, save the plastic tops and snap them in place when you’re finished for the day. You can also drill a few holes into the bottom of each tub to provide drainage.

Potting Bench Materials List

• Ten 2-by-4s, 8 ft. long
• 4 decking boards, 10 ft. long
• Exterior screws, 3-1/2-inch
• Exterior screws, 3 inches
• 10d galvanized nails
• 8d galvanized nails
• Construction adhesive

Potting Bench Cutting List

*Most deck board material is a true 1 inch thick.

Storage Cabinet Materials List

Storage Cabinet Cutting List

Spike Carlsen is a master carpenter who’s been immersed in the wonderful world of wood for 30 years. These practical DIY potting bench plans are among the 76 ingenious ideas offered in his DIY guide The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects.

Everything you need to get started

In this article, we’ll show you how to build this cedar potting bench in a weekend along with the planter bench plans. We designed this bench to be strong without complex joints. An experienced woodworker can complete this potting bench in a day. If you’re a beginner, allow two or three days to follow these planter bench plans.

You’ll need basic carpentry tools like a tape measure, large and small squares, and a chisel. You could make most of the cuts for this potting bench with a circular saw. However, a miter saw will ensure perfectly square end cuts, and a table saw is almost essential for cutting the grate slats. If you don’t have a table saw, ask a friend, neighbor or the staff at the lumberyard to cut the pieces for you. You’ll also need a drill with bits and a jigsaw.

Use the Shopping List in the Additional Information below to buy your materials. We used cedar for our bench, but pine is cheaper. Consider using pressure-treated pine if you’ll be leaving the bench outside. All of these are available at home centers and lumberyards. But make sure to pick straight boards with at least one nice-looking side. You can hide a few minor defects on the back or underside of the bench. Also, avoid boards with large knots, which will weaken key parts and make it harder to cut the notches.

When you get your materials home, cut the pieces to size using the Cutting List below. Many of the parts, like the 1 x 1-in. slats for the grate and the 2-1/2 in. wide legs, have to be cut the length of the board. This operation, called ripping, is possible with a circular saw, but it’s much quicker, easier and more accurate with a table saw.

Make tight-fitting joints for a strong bench

Photo 1: Cut kerfs in the legs

Mark the notch locations on the legs (A and B) using the dimensions in Fig. A. Make a series of 3/4-in. deep saw kerfs about 1/4 in. apart to create the notches.

Photo 2: Knock out the kerfs with a chisel

Chisel out the waste wood from the notches and smooth the bottom with a wood rasp. If you don’t regularly use a chisel, check out these chisel tips for a refresh.

Photos 1 and 2 show how to notch the legs for the horizontal cross members. Notching looks tricky, but it’s simple if you follow these key steps: First clamp each pair of legs together, and using dimensions from Fig. A (in the Additional Information), mark the lower edge of each notch. Use a square to draw lines across the boards at these marks.

Then align the corresponding horizontal board with this line and mark along the opposite edge to get an exact width. Using the boards in this manner to mark the width of the notch is more accurate than measuring.

When you saw the notch, cut to the waste side of the pencil line, leaving the line on the board. You can always enlarge the notch or plane the board to fit a notch that’s too tight, but you can’t shrink a notch that’s too wide. Tight-fitting joints strengthen the bench and look better too.

Assembly is quick once the parts are cut

Photo 3: Assemble the leg sections

Spread a small bead of construction adhesive in each notch and lay the horizontal pieces in place. Use a framing square to make sure the cross members are at right angles to the legs, then drive a pair of 2-in. screws at each joint

Photo 4: Attach the cross members

Screw the horizontal cross members (C and E) to the back leg assembly. Drill and countersink the front leg assembly and attach it to members C and E with 3-in. screws. Cover the screws with decorative wood plugs.

Photos 3 and 4 show how to assemble the leg sections and connect them to form the bench frame. Before you screw the horizontal pieces to the legs, pick the best-looking side of the boards and make sure it’s facing the front of the bench. (The best sides are facing down in Photo 3.) Drill 5/32-in. clearance holes through the cross members to avoid splitting them and to allow the screws to draw the boards tight to the legs.

Use only one 1-1/4 in. screw to attach parts F and G to the front legs. Center the screw so it doesn’t interfere with the 3-in. screws you’ll be installing to secure the leg assembly (Photo 4). Use a 3/4-in. spacer block (Photo 4) to align the cross members (E) before you drive in the 3-in. screws.

If you’ll be leaving your bench outdoors, use stainless steel screws or corrosion-resistant deck screws. For extra strength and durability, put a small dab of construction adhesive on each joint before you screw the pieces together. To hide the 3-in. screws that secure the front legs, use a 3/8-in. brad point drill bit to drill 1/4-in. deep recesses before you drill the 5/32-in. clearance holes. Then glue 3/8-in. wood buttons into the recesses after you screw the parts together. Keep a framing square handy as you assemble the leg sections and bench frame and use it to make sure the assemblies are square before you tighten the screws.

Complete the assembly

Photo 5: Cut out the opening with a jigsaw

Trace the wastebasket onto the 3/4-in. plywood (W). Draw a second line about 1/2 in. inside the traced outline. Drill a 1/2-in. starter hole and cut along the inside line with a jigsaw. Screw the bench-top support (L) and container cleats (T) to the bench and screw the plywood (W) into place.

Photo 6: Attach the slats

Glue and nail the slats and spacers together to make the grate. Drill 1/16-in. pilot holes for the nails to prevent splitting the wood. Spread water-resistant glue on both surfaces and nail the slats and spacers together with 1-1/4 in. finish nails. Clamp the completed assembly with bar clamps and allow it to dry overnight. Trim the 23-1/2 in. grate to 23 in. with your circular saw or table saw and sand the edge smooth.

Photo 7: Build the cover

Assemble the cover for the dirt container by screwing cleats (M) to the bottom of the 5/4 x 6-in. decking (Q). Screw cleats (N) to the bottom of the completed grate.

Photo 8: Install the bench-top ends

Attach the fixed benchtop pieces (Q) with 1-1/4 in. screws driven up through the bench-top cleats (U). Secure the bench-top ends (P) and bottom shelf boards (V) by driving 1-1/4 in. screws through predrilled and countersunk holes. Conceal these screws with wood plugs glued into the recesses. Sand the plugs flush when the glue dries.

Photo 9: Attach the shelves

Notch the shelves (K) and slide them into place. Screw through the shelf rails (H) into the shelves. Support the front of the shelves with metal brackets.

Photo 5 shows how to mark and cut the plywood that supports the potting soil container. We used a plastic wastebasket, but any container with a lip will work. Trace the shape on a piece of plywood and then cut the hole a little smaller so the plywood supports the lip.

The bench top is made of 1-in. thick bullnose cedar decking. Join two pieces with cleats to make a removable cover for the dirt container (Photo 7). Glue 1 x 1-in. slats together with water-resistant wood glue to form the grate (Photo 6). Scrape off excess glue before it dries. Then allow the glue to dry overnight before you sand the grate and trim the ends flush. Screw cleats to the bottom of the grate to keep it positioned and allow easy removal.

The width of the end pieces (P) varies, depending on the dimensions of your decking. To determine the width, first center the grate, removable cover and three more boards on the bench top, leaving an equal space on each end. Then measure the distance from the last board to the outside edge of the back leg and cut and notch the end pieces to fit.

Glue 3/8-in. wood plugs into 3/8-in. by 1/4-in. deep recesses to hide the screws that hold the two end pieces (P) and lower shelf boards in place. Sand them flush after the glue dries. Complete the potting bench by notching the 1×8 shelves (Photo 9) and securing them with 2-in. screws through the horizontal 1×4 shelf rails (H). We used black metal shelf brackets to support the ends.

Protect your Bench with a Good Finish

Unfinished cedar has some resistance to decay, but the best strategy is to apply a top-quality exterior finish to keep the wood from cracking, splitting and rotting. Check out these tips on finishing wood.

Penetrating oil–type finishes with a small amount of pigment provide a natural look and reduce fading. Finishes that leave a film provide the best protection. Spar varnish or Sikkens are two examples. Take extra precautions to seal the bottom of the legs to keep them from absorbing moisture from the damp ground. For interior use, any good-quality varnish will work.

Planter Bench Plans: Additional Information

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Caulk gun
  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Framing square
  • Hammer
  • Hearing protection
  • Jigsaw
  • Rasp
  • Safety glasses
  • Speed square
  • Tape measure
  • Tool belt

You can make all of your cuts with a circular saw, but a miter saw will make them easier.

A flood of new attention has washed over both interior and exterior home design. Ladies like you are having more fun decorating their homes than ever before. If you love crafting inside the home, then you’ve probably discovered that you also love beautifying your lawn. Every gardener needs a good workspace, which is why we’ve put together this awesome list of 27 pretty and practical potting bench ideas.

27 Fresh Potting Bench Ideas to Pretty Up Your Exterior

In the past, a potting bench was little more than a simple, narrow table pushed off to one side of your home, garage, or porch. While a table is still the ideal surface for potting, avid gardeners are finding lots of fun new ways to add some personality to these utilitarian tables. Repurposed furniture, bright finishes, and whimsical accessories are just a few ways you can make your potting bench feel fresh.

Many people have discovered that they’re happier and more productive at work when they’re comfortable at their desks. It stands to reason then that you’ll be happier and more productive working on your garden if you love your potting bench. Our gallery offers over two dozen ways to make this crucial space feel more welcoming and efficient. Read on for this season’s best potting bench ideas.

1. Whitewashed Picket Fence Backing Board

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2. Easy Upcycled Door and Sawhorse Potting Table

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3. A Cute Cubby Hole Herb Garden

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4. Bloom Where You’re Planted with Lime

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5. Repurposed Old Door Potting Bench Idea

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6. Super Functional Pallet Potting Station

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7. Never Enough Thyme but Plenty of Wood

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8. How to Pot Your Own Seedlings

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9. Chalkboard Accents, Firewood, and Other Whimsies

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10. A Pieced Together Garden Center

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11. Pretty as a Picture Blue Potting Bench

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13. Ingenious Kitchen Sink Potting Concept

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14. Architectural Salvage Potting Bench Idea

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15. Tidy and Tiled Garden Tool Caddy

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16. Garden Workstation with Hidden Potting Soil

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17. Floor to Ceiling Farmhouse Work Bench Décor

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18. Your Favorite Corner of the Garden

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19. Distressed Rainbow Potting Table Project

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20. Garden Décor that Matches Your Door

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21. A Tree Grows Through It

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22. Spindle-Legged Bench with Naturalistic Outdoor Lamps

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23. A Potting Bench Made Entirely of 2x4s

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24. The Perfect Indoor/Outdoor Gardening Station

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25. Basic but Beautiful with Natural Lattice Backing

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26. Bright Paint, Warm Stain and a Window

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If you garden at all, you need a potting bench! Why? Yes, you could transplant those seedlings on the back patio, and you could re-pot all your houseplants, all on a newspaper covered dining table. But once you’ve discovered the convenience of having a dedicated potting table for all your garden chores, you will never go back! Don’t want to shell out hundreds for a nice looking one from the catalogs? No problem. We have instructions for some great DIY potting benches anyone can make. BTW… excellent Mom’s Day, Birthday or Anniversary gift!

DIY Potting Benches and Potting Tables

Ok, what a place to start. This farmhouse style DIY potting bench is full of so much charm, but is so easy! It’s simply an old table and a cubby on top. Love, love love! Go check out ‘Little Vintage Nest‘ and see all the photos. Also take note… This is one of those places where you could just have a plain old, utilitarian potting table stuck in the side yard where no one can see it. But nothing in your life has to be ugly! This is definitely a potting bench you will want to show off.

From Jamison at ‘Rogue Engineer‘, try his step by step tutorial for this potting bench. This is a substantial potting table that will last forever. Also, it’s a project more like a garden work bench than just a table! Lots of storage for all your gardening supplies.

‘HGTV‘ has a full tutorial on how to turn an old dresser into a potting table, and this one is so versatile. As they show in their project instructions, you could use this outdoor potting bench as an outdoor buffet or bar, as well. (They even have photos of it styled as a buffet, go check it out!)

Ok, are you ready for one really cool potting table project? This tutorial from Bethany and her hubby at ‘Reality Daydream‘ is for a full size potting bench with hidden garbage can enclosure. So much coolness here! Lots of photos and instruction for this outdoor potting bench. I can’t imagine this being easy to move, so choose your location carefully!

‘Flower Patch Farmhouse‘ shows us how to make a budget friendly DIY potting bench with fence boards from the home improvement store. This potting table project requires building a simple box, then adding tall fence boards to the back side. Lots of photos so you can follow along the tutorial.

Learn how to build a potting bench with a sink! This tutorial from ‘DIY Network‘ added the convenience of having water right there at your garden bench. (No, it isn’t hard and you don’t have to be a plumber!)

Want a cheap potting bench that doesn’t look cheap? Try this DIY potting bench made from 2×4’s by Jenny at ‘Refresh Living‘. The whole project cost her less than $40 to make!

If you want a pretty potting table, try this DIY potting bench with decorative roof from ‘Love Grows Wild‘. This looks like a piece of furniture you could have inside your house! Complete how-to for this DIY project.

‘Minnie’s Milestones‘ has a different take on the potting bench. She created this DIY potting stand from an old washtub that is small enough to be tucked away when not in use, but cute, too!

From ‘Atta Girl Says‘, even a beginner can build this potting bench. This is great basic DIY potting table for someone who doesn’t have a lot of woodworking experience. Follow this tutorial and you can have this for your garden.

We found this garden work bench idea at ‘House of Hawthornes‘. The original blogger she had credited with this project no longer exists, but we think an avid DIY’er could figure this out. One antique door, a little plumbing pipe, and little knowledge. (If you need some help with this, our site OhMeOhMy has a great post on Projects with Pipe!)

From Louise de Miranda on ‘Houzz‘. this is another potting table that is pretty self explanatory for a DIY’er. Old metal desk from the thrift store, add some wood shelves, and never worry about it getting beat up! Why? Because it already looks great that way!

This potting table comes from ‘Jardin Designs‘. They created this DIY potting bench from an old dresser…. Love this!We especially love the clever garden storage idea using chicken wire and S-hooks. Great way to keep all your garden tools right at your bench.

‘Robins Nesting Place‘ made this potting bench from old rummage sale junk. This is so cute! Also, it’s an entire garden work bench with a work surface and shelving to keep your garden pots, watering can and other necessities. It even has a drawer! All you need for this DIY project is an up-cycled desk and old bookcase. Paint the whole piece the same color to unify it. And remember, your potting table can be pretty too. (That’s kinda the whole idea of this post!) Check out the attention to detail with this one, and the decorative brackets they used.

We found this potting table floating around Pinterest, and I had to share it because it looks so amazing. Obviously they used old fencing material with an old window. Creative repurposing, yet looks like it would last forever! If anyone knows who created this, please share so we can pick their brain!

Want to build a sturdy, yet easy to build DIY potting bench from scratch? ‘This Old House‘ has a full tutorial!

Lovin’ on this potting bench made from an antique door, beadboard, porch posts, chicken wire and a working antique light – wow! From HGTV Gardens…

We absolutely love this DIY potting bench made by ‘Between Naps on the Porch’ via ‘Ana-White‘. The free outdoor potting table plans are also there at Ana’s site, with a complete tutorial. We really like the fact that the wheels make this a portable potting bench.

Where to Buy Potting Benches

If you aren’t quite ready to dive right into these potting table tutorials, that’s ok. We picked some potting benches and garden work bench tables you can order online from ‘Wayfair’, with free shipping right to your door.

If you want a potting bench that has everything you need, including a budget price, you might want to try the “Jackson Potting Bench“. For the price, it has more features than most, including a removable sink and a drawer for storage. Hundreds of 5 star reviews.

If you are looking for a heavy duty potting table that will last for years, consider the “Hershy Potting Table“. This one has great reviews as to the quality of this potting bench. We also love the removable Rubbermaid drawer for soil. This one is a bit higher in price, but the long term value is there. Oh, and it comes unfinished, so you can make it your own as well.

Hope you enjoyed all these DIY potting benches! We think you will also love our posts on Easy DIY Outdoor Garden & Patio Furniture and DIY Raised Garden Beds!

Note: This post has been refreshed with updated projects.

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