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 out of stock, try the Sharpe Garden Fir Potting Bench.
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. Again, if out of stock, try the Thayer Cedar Potting Bench.
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.
Thanks for combining these potting benches in one place. My 20 year old bench finally fell apart with the weather it’s endured and I have a RTA on my porch. This blog will help me personalize my new one. Honestly I liked most of every one you showed.
My husband bought me oak desk for under $5.00 and we made it into a potting bench and I love it!
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A notation on one of the potting benches read “flowers feed my soul”–
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