It’s gardening time of year again for most of us! And while it requires less planning ahead of time to kneel in your yard and pot plants, it certainly makes your life easier to have a potting bench. Here is a collection from around the web of do-it-yourself potting bench designs. Happy gardening!
1. Built to Last Potting Bench
Find detailed plans for this sturdy potting bench at BuildSomething.com.
2. Potting Bench Made from an Old Door and Sink
3. Perfect DIY Potting Bench
I love how water gets recycled in this potting bench! You can find organized, detailed plans here on DIY Network.
Better Homes and Gardens offers these plans for using up pallets you may have lying around waiting to be used.
5. Craigslist Potting Bench
Houzz user “rafor” posted this creative use of items found on Craigslist.
6. Chicken Wire and Milk Paint
Hymns and Verses shared this photo of her potting bench, made from an old door and chicken wire.
7. Window Potting Bench
T. Vaughn shared this picture of a summer project on Hometalk. The screen in the middle allows dirt to fall into the drawer.
8. Vintage Enamel Top Potting Bench
A sink makes a perfect place for potting plants!
9. New Use for a Headboard
This old headboard makes a great spot for potting plants (although it might be too pretty to get dirty!). Read about it on TheHappierHomemaker.com.
10. Dual Use Dresser
HGTV has a great tutorial for transforming an old dresser into the perfect gardening companion. It can double as a great buffet for outdoor meals with guests.
While some of these options have lots of extra decorative detail, you wouldn’t have to do so much for a simple workbench. Old dressers already have drawers for storing small bags of potting soil and pots, and they’re usually about the right height. (A quick coat of water sealant might be a good idea if the dresser will be exposed to the rain.) Or if you do have pallets, you can even put one up on legs like Lovely Greens did:
I love that she used what she had without going to tons of extra work to make it look beautiful. Sometimes you don’t have time for that (although we all enjoy the results of the hard work of painting and adding chicken wire!), and you don’t need to let fear of imperfection stop you from doing any projects at all around the house!
If you don’t feel quite so crafty, you can also check out options in nearby flea markets or online. There are dozens of options for making potting plants not quite so hard on your back!