Get to Work! 15 DIY Workbenches, Craft Counters, and Potting Tables

Whether you’re a woodworker, gardener, craft-a-holic, or avid DIYer, you need a comfortable work table in order to complete your projects. Sure, there are loads of workbenches, craft tables, and potting benches available for purchase, but why not make your own and save money in the process! Build a workbench from scratch, or incorporate pre-made materials like bookshelves, countertops, cubbies, or cabinets. There are loads of great options.

When designing your own DIY craft table or workbench, follow some basic guidelines. A tabletop height between 32 - 36 inches allows most people to comfortably work either standing, or sitting at a bar stool. Take your own height, comfort, and work needs into account when creating your design. Storage is a must, so incorporate shelving, drawers, cubbies, and pegboard in a way that serves your particular needs. The depth of your table will depend on the kind of work you do. In general, 30 inches is not too deep for most people to reach back to front, but if you work on larger pieces, you’ll want a deeper table surface.

Repurpose a dresser, or recycle some pallets. Put it on wheels, or fold it into the wall. You can even make it completely portable! The options are truly endless. No matter what kind of craft you do, there’s a DIY work table design for you. Check out our favorite examples from around the Web.

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  1. Room for Tools


    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.


  2. Creative Corner


    Utilize the space in your garage or shop efficiently with a corner workbench design. Mounted to the wall, this bench has a lower tier for storage, while additional shelves and hooks keep the necessary tools and materials close at hand.

    Related: 15 "Neat" Garage Storage Solutions

  3. 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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  4. Repurposed Dresser


    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.

    Related: From Drab to Fab! 10 Fantastic Furniture Makeovers

  5. 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.

    Related: Bob Vila Radio – Potting Benches

  6. Co-opted Countertop


    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.

    Related: Quick Tip – Workbench Construction

  7. Bookcases and Boards


    This craft table isn’t anything more extraordinary than a sheet of plywood mounted on top of two bookcases. Baskets in the cubbies provide storage for crafting materials, and the top creates an extra-large surface for projects-to-be.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

    Related: 5 Kid-Friendly DIY Home Projects

  10. 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.

    Related: 5 Things to Do with… Old Drawers

  11. Portable Efficiency


    Cap two sawhorses with a sturdy tabletop to make a workbench you can take down and move anywhere. Mount a power strip to it, and you have a convenient place to plug in work lights and power tools. This table is also extremely easy to store when not in use.

  12. Fold-Down Function


    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.

  13. 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.

    Related: Weekend Projects – 5 DIYs to Improve Your Outdoor Space


  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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