This simple workbench plan offers plenty of shelving for storage, both above and below eye level. The back incorporates pegboard for handy tool display. Vertical shelf supports make room for hanging oversize essentials like levels and pipe clamps, ensuring ample functionality in a small space.
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Get to Work! 15 DIY Workbenches, Craft Counters, and Potting Tables
Room for Tools
Ready to Roll
Add casters to the legs of a workbench to create a mobile workstation. With its generous work surface and lower shelf, this sturdy model is an excellent all-purpose workbench—useful in a shop, craft room, garden, or even a kitchen. While the table doesn’t need a stained finish to do its job, a rich tone will make it more attractive in a prominent location.
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Instead of building a workbench from scratch, repurpose a large piece of furniture, such as a dresser. This model boasts a lot of storage space, and an oversize sheet of plywood enlarges the workable surface area.
Workbench Turned Potting Bench
Work spaces can often be interchangeable. What was once a workbench in the shop operates just as well outside as a potting bench. The lower shelf provides an ideal storage space for ﬁrewood, while the worktop holds a wide selection of gardening accoutrements.
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Keep it simple with a countertop mounted to standard metal legs. This one is mounted at the perfect height to accommodate a tool chest, mini fridge, and two cushy work stools underneath. Although it’s more shallow than some workbenches, it has plenty of room to mount a vise and plug in power tools.
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Filing Cabinet Craft Counter
This craft counter is five separately obtained ﬁling cabinets, all sprayed a uniform perky blue and mounted to a piece of plywood on casters. The top is another piece of plywood, stained in gorgeous walnut and trimmed out for a ﬁnished look. The assemblage offers plenty of real estate for both crafting and storing. We love this repurposed solution!
Something for the Kids
It's easy to create a worktable for young DIYers in training. This design upgrades an old TV cart by adding an extended top and pegboard, giving the kids plenty of space to work alongside Mom or Dad. It’s never too early to instill a love of handcrafting!
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Repurposed Kitchen Cabinets
If you’ve recently done a remodel of your kitchen, don’t you dare throw those cabinets in a Dumpster. They can be repurposed handily for a mighty workbench, with pegboard as the new backsplash. You’ll never lack for storage with this setup.
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If space is at a premium, you might consider a fold-down workbench design. The legs of this table fold inward so that the hinged top can collapse down and conceal them. With tools hanging neatly on pegboard above, this entire workshop shrinks down to a proﬁle that protrudes just a few inches from the wall.
Pallet Garden Bench
Recycled pallets make up both the top and bottom shelf of this garden bench. Four 2x4s cut to the same length are screwed into the sides for legs. The interiors of the pallets make handy shelves, keeping small tools and supplies sheltered and stored away.
Minimalist Craft Station
This super simple craft station was designed with kids in mind but could be easily scaled up for an adult. All you need is an adjustable sawhorse, some pegboard, and a piece of MDF for the work surface. Oh—and a wall on which to mount it all. But you can have this up and functional in an hour or less.
Pipe and Flange
If you have extra-heavy tools to support on your worktable, a pipe and ﬂange base might be a good option to consider. The main top of this work space is made with 2x10 boards. You can customize the height with different pipe lengths, and even incorporate shorter sections to create shelves and secondary work surfaces.