14 Potting Bench Plans for Building Your Ideal Garden Prep Space
Download one of these DIY plans to create your own garden potting bench for a spot to start seeds, repot houseplants, keep your gardening tools organized, and complete other gardening-related tasks.
A potting bench provides a spacious work area to simplify gardening tasks such as repotting plants or transplanting seedlings, and offers a convenient spot to store gardening tools. Whether you’re an avid gardener or just starting to test out your green thumb, you might be interested in adding a potting bench to your shed, garage, or outdoor gardening area.
The idea of building your own potting bench to meet your specific needs, add your personal touch to the design, or save money might be more appealing than purchasing a pre-made product from a store. If so, look through the downloadable potting bench plans featured below to find just what you’re looking for.
1. Potting Bench with Side Shelves
Download these plans to make your own cedar potting bench. The bench, which has a 54-inch width, will provide you with space to work, and the two lower shelves, two side shelves, and five hooks will offer room to store all of your tools and supplies. The plans for this potting bench include a cut list, cutting diagrams, and clear assembly instructions.
2. Greenhouse Bench
This potting bench is sized to fit into small, 6-foot by 4-foot greenhouses, but you can also place multiple benches next to each other to create a more spacious work and storage area in larger greenhouses, sheds, or garages. The plans, which are available for instant download, are designed to be easy to follow, with detailed instructions and a full cutting list. Once complete, change the position of the shelves to match the heights of your plants.
3. Upper Shelf with Mesh for Tool Storage
The mesh back of this potting bench offers a convenient space to store your gardening tools, gloves, and other smaller options. If you’re looking for a potting bench with a sink, these plans can help you incorporate a sink and drain into the design. The downloadable plans walk individuals through each step in the building process and include imperial and metric measurements.
4. Solid and Sturdy
Made using only 2×4’s, 2×6’s, and one 2x8x8, this DIY potting bench is both easy to make and very sturdy and durable once complete. The plans include directions for adding a built-in tub or adding casters to the legs to create a movable bench.
5. 2x4s Potting Bench
Looking for an upcycled DIY potting bench? If you have some 2x4s lying around from old projects, that’s all you’ll need to make this option. Once you download the plans, you’ll receive an e-book designed to help you make the bench. However, these plans are not recommended for beginners, since they do not include step-by-step directions for each cut and step in the assembly process.
6. Hidden Storage
With these downloadable plans you can construct your own potting bench with hidden storage compartments. The bench’s counter is divided into three different sections that can each be removed to reveal a lower bin where you can store soil, tools, or other gardening essentials. These plans are designed to be easy enough for most beginners to follow.
7. Small Folding Table
If space is at a premium and you don’t have room for a full potting bench, consider downloading the plans to build this small folding table. The table mounts to the wall, and when not in use can be folded up against the wall to leave the floor space untouched. The plans to construct this folding table include detailed drawings and images and clear directions for assembly.
8. Tiered Potting Bench
Use these free potting bench plans to keep your gardening tools and supplies organized and ensure you have ample space to work on all of your gardening projects. The potting bench features a lower middle tier designed to make potting easier, a spacious lower shelf, an upper shelf, and space to hang gardening tools. The plans include step-by-step directions with images to walk you through the construction process.
9. Suitable for Beginners
If you don’t have a lot of woodworking experience, this garden potting bench plan might be for you. The downloadable file includes a shopping list, clear directions, cut instructions, and diagrams to help you know where to place screws or nails. Once complete, the potting bench offers two lower shelves, a high upper shelf, and space to attach hooks to organize tools.
10. Space to Hang Tools
With these free printable plans, you can build your own potting bench using only 2×4’s. With the cut list, step-by-step instructions, and labeled diagrams, even beginners should find these plans easy to follow. The finished shelf includes a tall lower shelf, a hutch shelf, and room to place hooks along the spaced-out 2×4’s on the back wall.
11. Room to Work
These planting bench plans will assist you in constructing this wide and spacious work area. The 71-inch wide bench offers plenty of space for transplanting, holding plants and tools, and more. A narrow shelf across the bottom is designed to hold additional pots and plants. The plans, which are free, include step-by-step directions and pictures to help you construct the bench using only 2x4s and 1×6 decking.
12. Sink and Shelves
Follow the clear directions to make this potting bench in just a day. The potting bench plans with sink are ideal for those needing access to water when working with their plants. These detailed plans include a tool list, a shopping list, a cut list, cut diagrams, and step-by-by assembly instructions.
13. Potting Bench with Bin
Try these plans if you’re looking for a potting bench with enclosed storage. The plans include directions to add a bin to the potting bench, where you can store tools, soil, or other supplies you want to protect from the elements. Available for free, these plans include a tool and material list, project diagrams, a cut list, and step-by-step instructions.
14. Wall-Mounted Folding Bench
The large potting bench mounts to the wall and folds up when not in use to conserve space. The downloadable PDF includes a hardware list, cut list, step-by-step assembly instructions, and clear drawings to help individuals construct the bench. At 83 inches long, this potting bench offers more work space than many other options.
The prices listed here are accurate as of publication on 12/6/21.