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 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! (Or, just because you want to love your gardening hobby just a little bit more, gift…) Our featured photo (above) comes from Jardin Designs. They created this potting bench from an old dresser…. Love this!

Use scrap wood to attach a headboard and footboard together, then apply a tabletop and paint a great color! From the Backyard Diva.



Robins Nesting Place made this potting bench from old rummage sale junk! This is so cute!



Fabulous Home Ideas made this potting bench against a garage wall…and I love how this looks! With supplies from a home improvement shop and surplus supplies for the table top, they created something that looks really cool without looking sloppy.



We found this potting bench floating around Pinterest, and I had to share it because it looks so amazing… Obviously 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 simple DIY potting bench from scratch? This Old House has a full tutorial!



Also found on Pinterest, an old baby changing table and recycled wood pallets make this DIY potting bench!



Potting bench made from an antique door, beadboard, porch posts, chicken wire and a working antique light – wow! From HGTV Gardens



This cute DIY pallet potting bench is budget friendly. From Ana-White.



And one of my favorites from BHG, this armoire potting bench has step by step instructions.



Finally, an inspirational potting bench from Ty Pennington. Keep garden dreaming!


Image Credits: This Old House, Jardin Designs, Backyard Diva, Robins Nesting Place, Fabulous Home Ideas, Pinterest, Pinterest, HGTV Gardens, Ana White, BHG, Ty Pennington

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  1. Michele August 13, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    My husband bought me oak desk for under $5.00 and we made it into a potting bench and I love it!

  2. Mary Lou Gilliland May 4, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I just wanted to say I absolutely love your site!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! You guys make my day!!

    1. Kathy Woodard June 21, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you Mary Lou!

  3. Patricia August 1, 2014 at 8:26 am

    A notation on one of the potting benches read “flowers feed my soul”–
    The Garden Glove e-newsletter feeds MY soul!


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